Emerge seminars – October 2010-April 2011
A series of hands-on seminars and workshops to help artists sustain their practice. To accompany this season of events, five artists’ commissions took place in curating, peer mentoring and networking, setting up an artist led space, working in education and working collaboratively.
Community Contexts: Setting up an artist run spaces
Venue: The Showroom, London
This session looked at setting up an artist run space with a particular focus on engaging with communities and neighbourhoods. It included case studies of current Showroom projects, plus presentations from the Emerge Arts Activists Commission group ‘Group+Work’ and the National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers.
Networking Knowledge: Knowing your audiences
Venue: Enfield Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield
This event, run by international artist Noemi Lakmaier and with advisory support from Creative Capital, provided artists with a step by step plan for writing and speaking about their work. This practical session was about establishing what your practice is (and what its not), and who you want to reach and how.
Educating the Educators: Engaging with Gallery Education
Venue: Salon Contemporary, London
This event was intended as a first stop for artists to get to grips with how their practice could connect with, and be developed by, a variety of approaches to working within gallery education. The session was based on a practical workshop run by Emma Hart and curator Leanne Turvey. Participants were offered additional advice from Jane Sillis, Director, engage, the national gallery education organisation.
Creating Collaborations: Collaboration Conundrums
Venue: Arts Depot, London
This event was run by Russell Martin, artist, Rational Rec Director and Programme Manager at Artquest. It was aimed at artists who are considering working collaboratively and are looking for advice on the pitfalls and opportunities for shared working, as well as tips on finding and approaching artists to work with.
Curating Connections – Approaches to group exhibitions
Venue: Acme studios and Intervention Gallery
Held in collaboration with Intervention Gallery and Acme studios, and run by Nick Kaplony, artist, curator and Artquest Senior Programme Co-ordinator, this event addressed practical and conceptual approaches to curating. This event was a workshop style ‘hands on’ approach to the challenges and opportunities of curating a group exhibition from diverse artistic styles and practices.