Projects in 2010
Ongoing projects in 2010 were:
- <<3 Months in Berlin>> (2007-11, 2014): three month accommodation and studio residency with stipend, travel and materials budget
- Going Dutch (2010-2014): a three-month international studio residency with stipend, accommodation, travel and materials budget
- The Real World (2009-2014): philosophical and critical discussions for artists in their working lives
- Channel Q (2010-2014): a series of practical talks about diverse artists careers
One-off and short-term projects in 2010 included:
Annual Artquest Jumble Sale (2004-2005 and 2008-2010)
A discussion event on sustainable international residencies, Future Thinking was run in partnership with Visiting Arts and held at Tate Britain. The day offered the opportunity for an in depth discussion on international visual arts exchange, with the aim of exploring new paradigms of practice. Speakers included: Alistair Hudson, Deputy Director, Grizedale Arts; Geoff Cox, Researcher in Digital Aesthetics, Aarhus University, Denmark; and artist Lise Autogena. The day was attended by artists and delegates from organisations with internationally recognised residency programmes. The discussion was chaired by Chris Wainwright, Head of Camberwell Chelsea and Wimbledon College of Arts.
Emerge was a visual arts initiative for emerging artists based in the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Enfield, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Waltham Forest and Westminster, supporting artists’ networks and professional development. Emerge was for emerging artists; whether just starting out or those that have been practising for a while but could do with a fresh perspective. The Emerge seminars are informal and driven by practical exercises giving participants the opportunity to apply the seminar content in real contexts. Sessions: I know I’m an artist, but I haven’t made a work in six months with Campbell Works and Ed Pien; We’re in a group show with nothing in common! with Artquest’s Nick Kaplony, Matt Roberts, from Matt Roberts Arts; and curator Susie Gray; I want to run an artists’ run space, but I don’t know how with Artquest’s Russell Martin, Katie Schwab and Roger White from Raw Canvas at Tate Modern and Clare Moloney a writer and freelance arts consultant; I want to ‘Dodge the Shredder’, but I don’t know how! with artist Emilia Telese; I want to talk about my work but I don’t know how with artist Noëmi Lakmaier and Shape.
Futurising was a one-stop shop of opportunities, advice and information for future and current creative graduates from universities across the UK. Artquest programmed a number of visual arts related events and services during the two days of the fair. These included a panel discussion chaired by gallerist Lucy Newman Cleeve of Man&Eve Gallery, with curator Beth Greenacre then at Rokeby Gallery and artists Melanie Stidolph and Laura Eldret on different careers available in the arts and approaches to success.
Craft Rally was an inclusive and dynamic seminar for makers, supported by the Crafts Council; an opportunity for makers to exchange information and ideas both online and offline. Artquest organised Craft Rally in partnership with maker and academic Helen Carnac and Yorkshire Artspace.
Part 1, held in Chelsea College of Art and Design in March 2010, included presentations and events by: maker Rebecca Earley and the TED (Textiles, Environment, Design) team; artist Shane Waltener; Professor Kay Politowicz; Paul Harper and maker development group Alias; maker David Gates; artist and academic Dr. Becky Shaw; scientist and artist Zoe Laughlin; artist Clare Qualmann; with introductions from Craft Rally MC Lee Corner and Helen Carnac. Delegates were also encouraged to interact and contribute to an installation, Rallying Bobbins, by artist Shane Waltener which developed throughout the day. Smaller breakout sessions and practical activities included discussions on sustainability; crafts and conflict; craft and activism; cultural discourse around making; and the increasing collaboration between craft-makers and other creative disciplines (also explored through Artquest’s Intersection (2006) and Ex Machina (2009) conferences).
Part 2, held at Museums Sheffield: Millennium Galleries, Learning Centre in April 2010, included contributions from Adam Sutherland (Director Grizedale Arts, Cumbria), Ceramicist Neil Brownsword and Textile designer and representatives of the TED (Textiles, Environment, Design) team, Rebecca Earley.
Away from Home
To mark the launch of our improved and expanded Artroute site (since developed into Art Worlds) and our improved Artelier website (now redeveloped as Exchange) Artquest presented Away From Home, an open, practice-led, panel dialogue that considered the mechanics of international collaboration and the challenges – and benefits – to artists who choose to work overseas. The seminar took place alongside the exhibition Journeys With No Return, in which contemporary artists from Turkey, the UK and Germany explore reflections of Turkish migration in the 21st century. Speakers included: Mark Waugh, then Director, A Foundation London; Laura Mousavi, Director of Permanent Gallery, curator of A Curriculum residency programme; Alice Sharp, curator of Journeys With No Return; Kiran Kaur Brar, artist and exhibitor in Journeys With No Return; Julie Myers, artist (chair of panel discussion)