Channel Q

Past Project 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

A series of interviews with, and talks by, artists around the breadth their diverse careers.

Joe Haupt, Vintage Omscolite 7 Transistor Battery Powered Wood Table Radio, Made In Japan, Circa 1960s, via Flickr; released under Creative Commons license
















Audio on Channel Q includes:

  • Film maker Stuart Croft, on what is expected by collectors interested in moving image, and what factors affect the price of the work. Stuart also put together a page of questions & answers about selling moving image work,
  • Artist and arts marketing specialist Binita Walia, on why Twitter can be so useful to expand your network, and what is the right & wrong way to use it. You can find Binita at @Tspaceinbetween
  • Binita has also drafted a few tips to make your starting up on Twitter as simple as possible.
  • Artist Alexandra Parry, a member of Collaborative Research Group and the RARA co-operative workspace in London on collaboration and other ways of working together. See also Alexandra’s tips on collaboration.
  • Emy Gray of BRIXI on selling work, including tips on selling.
  • Sarah Rowles of Q-Art explaining how to get the most out of a crit, both as a presenter and a member of the audience.
  • Artist Emily Speed talking about negotiation, and how she works to get the best deal for all parties in the projects she works on.
  • Ami Clarke, artist and director of Banner Repeater looked at the benefits, practicalities and challenges of running an artist led space.
  • Photographic artist Marc Wilson on his successful crowdfunding campaign to complete a new body of work (The Last Stand), and his reflections on whether he would use this platform again.
  • Lynn Harris, co-funder of AND Publishing, on the pros and cons of making art books using print on demand platforms.
  • Medeia Cohan Petrolino, former curator of University of the Arts London collection and gallery, on how students and young graduates can price artwork.
  • Artist Jessica Voorsanger on websites, blogs and social media in order to keep her audience up-to-date with her work.
  • Artist and educator Cath Hawes on working with galleries: for workshops, talks and events for a variety of audiences.
  • Visual artist and events curator Alex Julyan on rates of pay: hourly rates and calculating fees for preparing and researching work.
  • Giles Dixon, founder of The Contract Store, on using written contracts and why this is important.
  • Artist Will Clifford on running a peer mentoring group.
  • Artist Gordon Cheung on self promotion and how to build audiences for your work.
  • Curator and head of grants at SPACE studios Hannah Liley addresses the question of finding funding for exhibitions, looking mostly at Arts Council England and other public funding.

Channel Q gathered audio from our Self Assembly series of talks and added interviews recorded specifically for online distribution.

Self Assembly was a regular series of talks, running from February 2009 to May 2013, showcasing the different paths artists take to sustain their practice while still paying the bills.

Most artist presentations talk only about the professional side of practice – the exhibitions, residencies and other opportunities gained throughout a career; the bits that make an artist into a professional artist. Self Assembly sought to lift the lid on how artists actually manage their time and money, balance the demands of work and life, and still get round to making work.

As the internet developed and services like SoundCloud became more popular, our focus moved from providing practical advice via events to producing audio specifically for online distribution. Audio recorded during Self Assembly became the basis for Channel Q, with over a dozen interviews, talks and presentations on the practical elements of an artists life. The full list of over 150 interviews and recordings from all our talks and events is on SoundCloud.

Stuart Croft was Senior Tutor in Moving Image and leader of the Fine Art School’s Moving Image Route at Royal College of Art.  Sadly Stuart Croft died unexpectedly in March 2015. The Stuart Croft Foundation (registered charity no 1163676) was established to build on Stuart’s legacy and increase public understanding and knowledge of contemporary moving image practice.