Projects in 2005
Ongoing projects in 2005 were:
- Annual Artquest Jumble Sale (2004-2005 and 2008-2010): annual networking event that turns unwanted studio junk into cash
- Electric Greenhouse (2005-2006): a new media residency and training programme for artists
- Further (2005 and 2007): moving image residency
Dispelling the Myth
Dispelling the Myth was a one-day seminar run for Creative Skills in Cornwall, the professional development organisation for creative industries practitioners in Cornwall. It served as an introduction to the London art scene for practitioners living and working in Cornwall with talks by marketing professionals, artists and curators. Speakers included Stephen Beddoe, then Artquest Programme Manager, talking about issues of working inside and outside London; Sarah Thelwall, a freelance art market strategist & marketing consultant; Helen Carnac, artist / craftsperson and Forum lead artist in 2006 ; artist Barby Asante; Sarah Carrington, one half of the curatorial partnership B+B; artist Simeon Nelson, board member of Elastic residence. After the seminar, the attendees and speakers visited the PILOT:2 launch party.
During September 2005, Artquest and Arts Unwrapped organised three 2-hour long seminars around the marketing and promotional issues facing artists and studio providers living and working in London. Each seminar consisted of a brief introduction to marketing and promotion for artists by Sarah Thelwall, followed by artists’ talks highlighting issues around marketing, networking and collaboration, and a 30-minute question and answer session between the audience and speakers.
Artquest, in partnership with b3 Media presented Digital Shift, a series of one-day, new media workshops for visual artists who wished to develop their practice through exploring new technology. Workshops covered introductions to Flash and Final Cut Pro, advanced sessions in Flash, and FTP, website compression, making a showreel; website creation; and making DVDs. Tutors were Fleeta Siegel & Cheyenne Chew, as well as the Digital Guild.
An intensive 2-day workshop for visual artists, exploring film as an artistic medium. The workshop allowed practitioners 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. This weekend intensive course explored and explained the physical nature of film and the artistic possibilities of painting, drawing and scratching directly onto celluloid.
Daytrippers took place on at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. 15 artists from London and 15 from the Northwest met to attend a seminar and network throughout the day. The seminar panel was made up of artists Andrew Cross, Nick Crowe, Olivia Plender and Becky Shaw. Following the seminar, the artists attended the preview of Andrew Cross’ exhibition An English Journey at Castlefield.
A series of informal monthly talks for visual artists / curators, exploring contemporary curating as a practice and career. Sessions were: The New Wave: with Adelaide Bannerman, Nav Haq, Helen Hewitt, Emily Pethick and Sara Raza; Three’s a Crowd: with Deborah Smith, b + b (Sarah Carrington and Sophie Hope), Eggebert and Gould (Anne Eggebert and Polly Gould), Artefact Projects (Brigid Howarth and Ben Coode Adams); Curating Now: with JJ Charlesworth, Paula Roush (msdm), Indra Khanna (independent curator), Teresa Gleadowe (RCA Curating department) and Polly Staple (Frieze Art Fair Curator).
Artist’s Film: Super 8 Workshop
An intensive introduction to Super 8 filmmaking, this workshop was suitable for complete beginners, video artists and artists from any other discipline. Artists Film, in partnership with no.w.here, was an insight into how to use film as an extension to an established practice. Day 1 included an introduction to the history of artists working with Super 8, its aesthetic qualities, and its flexibility of shooting. Day 2 started with finishing off the shooting and preparing to process. Hand processing film in the lab on site at no.w.here was included, and the day finished with a screening of the films made in the workshop.
Visual Artists: Protecting and promoting your work on the web
The different ways to protect and publicise your visual work online, particularly in the light of initiatives such as Creative Commons and how you can use it to your creative advantage. Robert Lands specialist intellectual property lawyer at Finers Stephens Innocent, was the speaker at this event.
Developing Project Management Skills
These two half-day workshops were designed for artists working in photography. Facilitated by Helen James, the seminars aimed to improve professional development and project management skills and provide networking opportunities for fine art photographers in London. The seminars offered a comprehensive two-part professional development seminar focussing on the development of photographic practice encompassing creating, presenting and selling work, and managing one’s career.