Projects in 2004
Ongoing projects in 2004 were:
- Annual Artquest Jumble Sale (2004-2005 and 2008-2010): annual networking event that turns unwanted studio junk into cash
- Digital Shift (2004-2005): new media workshops to develop practice through exploring new technology
HELP!: Practical Basics for Recent Graduates
HELP! was a series of free introductory career-oriented talks aimed at London-based visual artists and craftspeople that graduated in 2003 or 2004. The talks focussed on practical issues and included useful information and tips around employment, finance, organisational structures, marketing and self-promotion, copyright and intellectual property. These short talks, delivered by experts in their field, were followed by question and answer sessions. Speakers were Stephen Beddoe, then Programme Manager of Artquest; Tom Wilcox, General Manager of Whitechapel Art Gallery; freelance art market strategist and marketing consultant Sarah Thelwall and legal art specialist Henry Lydiate.
2-day workshops for visual artists, exploring film as an artistic medium. Cameraless Film enabled participants to gain hands-on experience of making a film without using a camera and was suitable for complete beginners, film artists and artists from any discipline. Artist’s Film was an intensive introduction to Super 8 filmmaking.
Developing Markets & Audiences for photography projects
This half-day workshop for artists working in photography, facilitated by Helen James and designed to improve professional development skills and networking opportunities for fine art photographers in London. The aim of the seminar was to offer a comprehensive half-day professional development seminar focussing on photographic practice encompassing creating, presenting and selling work, and managing one’s career.
Me, Me, Me… An Introduction to Self-Promotion for Visual Artists
The workshop helped visual artists and craftspeople decide what their own goals for self-promotion are – whether that was finding new audiences for their work, organising a show, landing a residency or commission, or some other aim in their career. By the end of the workshop participants had a better idea of what different ‘audiences’ for their work (e.g. curators, writers, viewers, commissioners, buyers) needed to know about them and their practice and how they could best communicate this. The workshop also explored the variety of tools by which practitioners can promote themselves and their work.
Dodge the Shredder
A well-structured and effective proposal can make all the difference when applying for funding for contemporary or ephemeral artforms, particularly time-based, conceptual and media art. Dodge The Shredder was a series of professional development workshops especially designed for early or mid-career artists to improve their proposal writing techniques to enable them to “dodge the shredder”: reducing the chances of rejected applications to galleries and grant giving bodies. The workshops were facilitated by artist Emilia Telese.
A comprehensive and practical 2-day workshop for visual artists planning to work with audio-visual equipment. It was tailored to the needs of artists developing temporary public projects utilising audio-visual elements. The first day of the two-day programme focussed on budgeting, health and safety, insurance, technical evaluation and site visits, as well as negotiation and approaches to technically realising a project, with key tips and pointers. The second day took place at a London-based audio-visual company, where artists worked in small groups to receive specialist technical training. At the end of day two, there was an outdoor projection ‘rehearsal’.
Photographic Professional Development
This half-day workshop for artists working in photography, facilitated by Helen James, set out to improve professional development skills and networking opportunities for fine art photographers in London. The seminar offered a comprehensive half-day professional development seminar focussing on photographic practice encompassing creating, presenting and selling work, and career management. This session was repeated a few weeks later with participants taken from the reserve list of the first session, due to enormous demand.
Fred Mann in conversation with Kathy Dalwood
Interview between Kathy Dalwood and commercial gallery director Fred Mann, on approaching galleries and the experiences of artists working in the commercial sector.
Artists’ Code of Practice
The Artists’s Code of Practice, developed by and written by Lee Corner, is a short leaflet laying out professional practices which it suggests visual artists work to. As part of the initial launch of the Code, gave seminars for artists about their working practices and highlighted how the Code could help professionalise their practice; and help them out of the various difficulties artists and craftspeople often find themselves in, without a contract, letter or other suggested legal and ethical frameworks.
Artquest / Space Triangle Streaming Video Workshop
The course, in collaboration with Space Studios, gave artists an understanding of the considerations involved with streaming both live and archive video on the internet. It focussed on the fundamental principles of video compression, including understanding different bandwidths and servers; using a variety of Media Players (Quicktime / Windows Media etc); frame size and data rates, all in a friendly artist-led environment.