Projects in 2009

Past Project 2009
  • <<3 Months in Berlin>> (2007-11, 2014): three month accommodation and studio residency with stipend, travel and materials budget
  • Annual Artquest Jumble Sale (2004-2005 and 2008-2010): annual networking event that turns unwanted studio junk into cash
  • The Real World (2009-2014): philosophical and critical discussions for artists in their working lives

First Timer’s Club

A programme for recent graduates at UAL, First Timers Club was a series of informal presentations by practitioners and industry professionals taking them through a number of ‘first time’ scenarios. From your first public commission, to your first exhibition, the First Timers Club helped avoid the perils and pitfalls of starting out. Talks covered a First Show with artist Gordon Cheung and Artquest’s Nick Kaplony; First Public Commission with curator / commissioner Adriana Marques and artist Ella Gibbs from Pilot Publishing and Energy Café; and First Moves: Building and sustaining a career in the Arts with artists Laura Eldret and Barby Asante.

India Art Summit

Artquest participated in the second India Art Summit in Delhi in 2009, showcasing work by UAL alumni and artists who have taken part in Artquest projects over the past few years.  Over 40,000 visitors attended the Art Summit and Artquest used the opportunity to build its international networks for Artelier (later developed into Exchange) and gather information about the Indian art scene for the website. Artquest showcased the work of our 2008 <<3 Months in Berlin>> residency artist Michelle Deignan, 2008 OZ resident artist Jaye Ho, work by CSM tutor Mah Rana and by Camberwell alumnus Preeti Sood.


Networking seminar for visual artist members of a-n seeking information on insurance, funding, legal and professional matters.  AIRtime events provided information and tips from artists, arts organisations and other experts on professional matters such as insurance, negotiation and funding your practice, alongside opportunities to meet and network with like-minded artists. Contributors included Mike McCormack (Hencilla Canworth Insurance Brokers), Nicholas Sharp, (Swan Turton legal services) and a range of advisers, artists and experts including ACAVA, Acme, AIR, a-n, Arts Council England, Autograph APB, Cockpit Arts, DACS (Design and Artists Copyright Society), Empty Shops Network, Florence Trust, Artsadmin and New Work Network, Matt Roberts Arts , Metropolitan Works and NAN. Organised in partnership with DACS.

Visual Arts Blueprint consultation with Creative and Cultural Skills

An invitation for visual artists and craftspeople to contribute to the future of professional development provision across the sector.

Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair

Developing overseas opportunities for practitioners and gathering information on international art scenes.  Artquest showcased international projects including work produced by OZ residency recipient Jaye Ho during her stay in Sydney and work by Beijing-based JiaJia Wang and Song Lu. The event attracted over 48,000 visitors, artists and industry professionals.

Ex Machina

A one-day conference exploring digital manufacturing in fine art, crafts and design practice held at RIBA. Bringing together professional practitioners in fine art, craft and design to explore how they are using a range of new technologies (including blue tooth, rapid prototyping, three dimensional printing, CNC milling etc) to research, develop and produce new work. The day’s programme began with a brief presentation about the historical incorporation of new technologies and materials by artists since the Renaissance. This contextual overview will be followed by six short case studies presented by artists who have been exploring the properties of a variety of new technologies in order to develop or to extend their practice base. The day concluded with a visit to Metropolitan Works at London Metropolitan University. Metropolitan Works helps designers and manufacturers develop ideas and bring new products to the market place through access to digital manufacturing, workshops, knowledge transfer, advice, courses and exhibitions.