Free one-to-one remote advice sessions for London based artists from Artquest staff and freelance artist-career specialists.
In 2020 we took our live studio advice visits online, in response to restrictions making in-person studio visits impossible. Developing from Outpost, our successful live studio visits programme, Artquest staff and artist freelance specialists are now conducting one-to-one sessions to answer your questions and give feedback on your work. This is your opportunity to get practical advice on your career, discuss the logistics of operating as an artist, and find out more about other services and organisations that can help you navigate the art world in these unprecedented times.
Book a one-to-one session
Each month we will release twenty-one sessions with three advisors: two of our regularly occurring advisors and one more specialist guest advisor – on a specific medium, career stage or wider issue facing artists. When booking you can select which advisor you would like to meet based on their areas of expertise. The sessions are booked on a first come, first served basis. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is conducted on either Skype or Zoom, as preferred.
Due to the popularity and limited sessions available, Artquest asks artists to book no more than one session per year. This is to ensure the availability is fair and accessible to the London art community.
Our regularly occurring advisors are Mary Cork, Rosalind Davis, and Sophia Kosmaoglou. Bookable one-to-one sessions with these advisors are available monthly. They have wide-ranging expertise across the arts sector including: commercial contemporary art, the not-for-profit sector, curation, art consultancy, alternative arts education, self-organisation, collaboration, and community.
Mary Cork (pronouns she/her)
Mary Cork has over 15 years of experience in both the not-for-profit and commercial contemporary art sectors. During this time she has worked with and supported a range of visual arts organisations such as Procreate Project, The British Council (Bahrain), More Than Ponies, Auto Italia, Block Universe, Whitstable Biennale, Open School East, Auto Italia, and Studio Voltaire.
In February 2020 she co-founded ZELDA, a new proposition for an arts advisory, using fees earned from art consultancy to create free professional development platforms for artists underrepresented by existing commercial models. Throughout the pandemic ZELDA has worked with artists across the UK representing a range of practices, in a multitude of ways, from curating exhibitions in commercial galleries, selling work, offering grant writing support, to launching their first free nationwide mentoring programme with a group of 10 expert mentors. Previous to this she was Head of Development at Wysing Arts Centre (2018-2019) and Gallery Director at both Pilar Corrias Gallery (2016–18) and The Approach (2011–16). She is a regular lecturer on BA Fine Art at Arts University Bournemouth and has been a visiting tutor on BA Culture, Criticism, and Curation at Central Saint Martin’s amongst others, working with students through curating and professional development workshops, seminars, and lectures. Mary holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Rosalind Davis (pronouns she/her)
Rosalind Davis is a curator, art consultant, artist, writer, a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). Davis was the Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery, London 2016 -20 and prior to that founded Zeitgeist Arts Projects an ambitious arts organisation & Core Gallery and has curated over 30 exhibitions in her career to date.
Davis is co-author of What they didn’t teach you at art school commissioned by Octopus Books. She lectures widely at universities, galleries, and arts organisations across the country including the RCA, Firstsite Gallery, The De Le Warr Pavilion, ICA, Camden Arts Centre, and UAL. Davis has been a mentor for over ten years working both independently and for a-n, Artquest, Shape Arts, The Independent Art School, Plop, and UK New Artists. As a consultant, Davis has worked for arts organisations, charities, and independents as well as corporations such as BBC4 and E4.
As an artist, Davis works within painting and installation and has exhibited nationally and internationally in a wide range of galleries. Her work is held in a number of private collections and public collections including Soho House.
As a mentor, Davis is an all-rounder, with wide-ranging experiences in the arts, both as an artist exhibiting and as a curator and art professional. She can give you tips, insights, and advice into your practice; reviewing your career and talking through strategies and goals to helping with writing an artist statement or funding application, and more.
Sophia Kosmaoglou is an artist, tutor, curator and researcher who works across media and in collaboration with artists and researchers to address the construction of identity through relationships. More recently her practice is entirely oriented toward group dynamics, collectivity, cooperation and self-organisation. Blurring the boundaries between art, education and activism, her work questions the ontology of art, its social functions and institutional contexts, and creates opportunities to experiment with collective economies and learning environments. In 2015 she founded ART&CRITIQUE, an alternative art education network, which was succeeded in 2019 by the Radical Pedagogy Research Group, a peer-led participatory action-research project. She is currently working on a project to start a co-operative art school that will provide a self-organised and sustainable alternative to mainstream art education. She is a former member of Exploding Cinema, The Field, Deptford Cinema, Body Politic and other collectives. Sophia has a degree in sculpture and a practice-based PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, where she was a Teaching Assistant in studio practice and critical studies. She is an Associate Lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts UAL with decades of teaching experience. Her research interests include the relationship between art and politics, socially engaged art practice, avant-garde and underground art, institutions and institutional critique, pedagogy and art education, interdisciplinarity, art collectives, self-organization, alternative economies, identity, collectivity and group dynamics.
Each month we invite a different guest to lead seven sessions. The invited specialists cover a broad range of practices and topics.
This month’s guest is Pablo Colella (pronouns he/him)
Pablo Colella specialises in the engagement and development of arts audiences. He is a featured service provider with the Arts Marketing Association and is the UK ambassador for the Artist Run Alliance. He has previously worked with MoMA on their Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art programme and specialises in audience development planning for NPO organisations. In addition, he is a recognised arts audience researcher whose findings have contributed to arts accessibility and democratization practice.
Taking a unique approach, centred around an opinion that the arts don’t need marketing, but engagement, Pablo partners with innovative artists and artist-led spaces to provide tailored guidance on audience engagement. During the COVID-19 period this has included working with several independent artists to secure DYCP and Culture Recovery Fund grants by focusing on audience diversification and enrichment. He has conducted research during COVID-19 that led to the identification of a new arts audience segment; ‘a quarantine audience’.
The audience engagement support provided by Pablo clarifies the requirements of audience participation sections of ACE grant applications to clearly outline how the work fulfills ACE’s Goal 2 (increasing reach, diversity, depth and quality of experience, plus attracting the least engaged). In addition, guidance can include longer term audience engagement planning for an exhibition or an artist’s body of work as a whole.
Previous guest advisors on the programme: