The Exchange Salon is a new online artists development programme by Artquest. It bridges the peer support provision from one-off Z-Crits and the independently-run Peer Forum project. Sessions combine ongoing peer-to-peer feedback on work with presentations and insight from art world professionals.
Deadlines for Registration:
- Activism and Social Change Salon 1: 12 noon, Monday 30 August 2021
- Booking: Free but booking essential – Read the FAQs and then book your place here.
Upcoming Session – Painting Salon session 2
- Date: Thursday 28 November 2021, 6.30 – 9.30pm
- ONLINE ZOOM EVENT
- Booking: Free but booking essential. Book to your place to attend here.
The session will include presentations from an artist on their experience of peer mentoring and collective working and also presentations and feedback with two participating artist members. Complete the registration form to book your place to attend the session. Please note we request that if booking, attendees commit to attending the entire session.
Guest Speaker Biographies
Land Art Agency was founded by Elizabeth Gleave & Marie Dryden as a response to the biodiversity and climate emergency. Through both the Agency and Collective, Land Art Agency seels to reimagine the role of the photographer & artist in the industry and explore where and how they can shape, transform and create green thinking.
Elizabeth’s creative & environmental experiences include leading sustainability projects and education programmes around the world and 10 years working in the creative industry in various capacities, from production to digital programming; working with associations such as D&AD, Reuters, Photo London, Tate and White Cube and UK based educational charities to teach environmental skills. Elizabeth has also worked as a professional photographer for the past 5 years and has had her work exhibited internationally.
Chloe Cooper is an artist and educator. She makes performative workshops and instructional videos that splash about in the rocky waters of sexual politics, consumer relations and bodies at work. Chloe has recently exhibited and performed works at BIAS, A/Side-B/Side, London (2020); The Body Politic, Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2019); To whom the flesh / My flesh / Still connects me, The Poetry Society, London (2019); and 50 years of new society, nGbK, Berlin (2019). Chloe has been actively involved in peer support groups for over 12 years and runs peer mentoring workshops with Artquest as part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries public programme. Her peer support group has been meeting online weekly since lockdown and she facilitated her first public crit online as part of 12ø’s 30works30days in April 2020.
About the Salon
Meet peers, curators and other art-world professionals with similar interests and concerns
Get ongoing feedback on work
Discuss wider developments in practice
Develop strategies for effective, collective, mutual support.
The Exchange Salon aims to
Build communities of interest amongst artists
- Foster independently meeting artist groups
- Connect participants to other sources of support for their practice
The programme is open to any visual artist to attend but to present work for feedback you must be signed up to our Exchange community and have experience of peer mentoring. See the frequently asked questions page for more details. All sessions currently take place on Zoom.
Format and Timings
A guest artist-led talk on strategies for peer mentoring and other forms of collective support.
A specialist speaker on a medium-specific or thematically focussed topic.
Peer mentoring and feedback session on x 2 attendees works
Guest/specialist speakers will be announced two weeks before session dates. Subscribe to the Artquest newsletter to be kept up to date. If you have a suggestion of a subject or guest/specialist speaker for a session email Nick Kaplony.
- Introduction from Artquest – 10mins
- Intro to peer mentoring – 30mins
- 10 mins questions
- Guest speaker presentation – 30 min presentation
- 15 mins questions
- 15 mins break
- Artist presentation – 10mins
- Feedback – 25mins
- Artist presentation – 10mins
- Feedback – 25mins
- Session closes
For artists working with painting, either in a traditional sense or those considering the boundaries of the medium in today’s context.
Painting Salons will take place on the dates and times below.
- Session 1 – Thursday 26 August 2021, 6.30 – 9.30pm (Deadline for registration 12 noon, Monday 9 August 2021)
- Session 2 – Thursday 18 November 2021, 6.30 – 9.30pm (Deadline for registration 12 noon, Monday 1 November 2022)
- Session 3 – Thursday 17 March 2022, 6.30 – 9.30pm (Deadline for registration 12 noon, Monday 28 February 2022)
Book your place on the Painting Salon here. Booking is open for all sessions.
Activism and Social Change Salon
For artists working with socially engaged practices, artist activists and/or those investigating or encouraging social change through their work.
Activism and Social Change Salons will take place on the dates and times below.
- Session 1 – Thursday 16 September 2021, 6.30 – 9.30pm (Deadline for registration 12 noon, Monday 30 August 2021)
- Session 2 – Thursday 27 January 2022, 6.30 – 9.30pm (Deadline for registration 12 noon, Monday 10 January 2022)
- Session 3 – Thursday 21 April 2022, 6.30 – 9.30pm (Deadline for registration 12 noon, Monday 4 April 2022)
Book your place on the Activism and Social Change Salons here. Booking is open for all sessions.
Independently Run Meetings
We encourage participating artists to collaborate in running their own peer mentoring sessions outside of the three Salon meetings organised by Artquest. Salon participants meeting independently will be eligible for additional funding from a redeveloped Peer Forum programme (to be announced December 2021). Read resources on running peer mentoring groups here. There is more information on additional support for these independent meetings in our FAQs.
Activism and Social Change Salon 1 – Thursday 16 September 2021
The first Activism and Social Change Salon saw presentations on approaches to peer mentoring by artist and experienced peer mentor Chloe Cooper and a talk by Elizabeth Gleave of Land Art Agency. The session also included presentations and feedback with two participating artist members Anne Krinsky and Laura Moreton Griffiths
Exchange Painting Salon 1 – Thursday 26 August 2021
This session included presentations by independent curator Becca Pelly-Fry and artist Elizabeth Murton who also facilitated the peer mentoring at this session. Becca talked about her interest in materiality in contemporary art practice and how it led to the curation of a series of exhibitions under the moniker ‘Perfectionism’. The session also included presentations and feedback with two participating artist members Ewelina Skowronska and Sam van Strien.