Sustaining peer mentoring collectives

Current project 2020

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS RELATING TO THE CORONA VIRUS, THIS EVENT, THE FESTIVAL OF ALTERNATIVE ART EDUCATION AND ACCOMPANYING EXHIBITION WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL 25 JULY 2020

Taking place as part of The Festival of Alternative Art Education at Conway Hall this panel discussion convened by Artquest will consider effective approaches to collective working in the context of artist peer mentoring activity.

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Date: POSTPONED UNTIL 25 JULY 2020
Venue: Main Hall, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
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Reflecting on Artquest’s Peer Forum programme, relaunching in 2020, this panel discussion will bring together artists and institutional programmers of peer mentoring, networking and alternative education groups to consider challenges and approaches to collective working in the context of peer mentoring activity. Conversation will cover questions such as, what are realistic approaches to running a peer mentoring group without funding? What are the challenges non-hierarchical collaborative structures to present how can they be mitigated? How can decisions be made in an equitable way by artists from different backgrounds, with different resources, and with different ideas of success?

Thom Bridge is Swedish British artist interested in dualities, translations, the movement of images and languages and mechanics of photography. His practice explores the uses and formats of photography as a technology within art, culture, commerce and the everyday. This manifests through the activities and display of printmaking, sculpture and installation. Thom was a recipient of the Artquest Peer Forum award at The Photographers’ Gallery in 2017 from which he went on to found and run of Field/s, a forum of artist, curators and photographers that meet regularly with an invited guest.

Louise Shelley is a London based Curator whose practice has recently included Structures That Cooperate at Cubitt, a 15-month programme departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist run cooperative. Previous to Cubitt she was the Collaborative Projects Curator at The Showroom, London, where she ran the Communal Knowledge programme – a series of collaborative projects activating approaches to critical engagement with The Showroom’s neighbourhood. Pedagogical practice is a key part of Louise’s curatorial work, including Artistic Advisor for Syllabus V and Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins. Louise is a member of the Cinenova Working Group, a non-profit, volunteer-run feminist film distributor and is on the board of The Voice of Domestic Workers and City Projects.

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