Ami Clarke: on setting up artist run spaces
The following tips have been written by Ami Clarke, founder and director of Banner Repeater, and should be useful when thinking of opening an artist-led space.
Working frameworks: pragmatic and conceptual
The closer the concept is to your working practice already, the more likely you are to be able to work through the tough times when running a space. A truism perhaps, but worth bearing in mind when times get hard.
Pragmatic frameworks need to be considered especially if you are working with others.
- Community Interest Company
- LLP. Limited Liability Partnerships.
- Social Enterprise – Become a member of the Social Enterprise UK network
- Limited Company by Guarantee.
Details of these can be easily found online and help formulate a working agreement specific to the structure of your organisation. Artquest has also information on How to Set up an Organisation.
Location – an often overlooked but crucial aspect to working effectively.
I am personally invested in broadening the reach of art and artists’ work, and this is an integral part of how Banner Repeater operates. This may of course not be for everyone, but I have gained a lot from the strong conceptual framework of the site and the project.
Funding bodies and applying for funding
- The ACE website has a long list of alternative funding bodies, and so has Artquest.
- Corporate Social Responsibility in the Arts. (will download Pdf)
- Awards for All
- UnLtd which is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK
- Local authorities – important contacts at a local level. Introduce your project to your local Council representatives, there may already be schemes they run that might help you.
Additional ways of distributing Artists’ works, on and offline.
Post-Digital Print, The Mutation of Publishing since 1894 by Alessandro Ludovico, published by Onomatopee and downloadable for free.
In this post-digital age, digital technology is no longer a revolutionary phenomenon but a normal part of everyday life. The mutation of music and film into bits and bytes, downloads and streams is now taken for granted. For the world of book and magazine publishing however, this transformation has only just begun. Still, the vision of this transformation is far from new. For more than a century now, avant-garde artists, activists and technologists have been anticipating the development of networked and electronic publishing. Although in hindsight the reports of the death of paper were greatly exaggerated, electronic publishing has now certainly become a reality. How will the analog and the digital coexist in the post-digital age of publishing? How will they transition, mix and cross over? In this book, Alessandro Ludovico re-reads the history of the avant-garde arts as a prehistory of cutting through the so-called dichotomy between paper and electronics. Ludovico is the editor and publisher of Neural, a magazine for critical digital culture and media arts. For more than twenty years now, he has been working at the cutting edge (and the outer fringes) of both print publishing and politically engaged digital art.