Projects in 2010: overview

Past Project 2010

Artquest projects undertaken in 2010.

<<3 Months in Berlin>> Residency 2010

The recipient for the 2010 <<3 Months in Berlin>> Residency was artists David Raymond Conroy. David was resident in Milchhoff studios from September – December 2010 while he worked and produced articles on being an artist in Berlin. You can read David’s articles on the <<3 Months in Berlin>> page.

Going Dutch Residency 2010

This was the first year of a studio residency in Amsterdam at M4 Gastatelier. This year artist David Raymond Conroy received the award. You can see more information on David (an other residency recipients ) time on the residency on the dedicated projecy page.

Future Thinking – 5 July 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
  • Lise Autogena, artist.

The day was attended by artists and deligates from organisations with internationally recognised residency programmes. The discussion was chaired by Chris Wainwright, Head of Camberwell Chelsea and Wimbledon College of Arts. A report on the findings of the day by Holly Tebbutt can be downloaded here.

Emerge – January- March 2010

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. The following sessions took place during the run of the project.

  • ‘I know I’m an artist, but I haven’t made a work in six months’ – Monday 11th January 2010 at Arts Depot, Barnet
    This session took a critical and useful look at strategies for avoiding making work and becoming unstuck. Campbell Works presented their performance of avoidance tactics for artists, followed by a participatory workshop on how to get new ideas moving. The event opened with a talk by Ed Pien.
  • We’re in a group show with nothing in common! – Tuesday 9 February 2010 at The Tabernacle, Westbourne Park
    This session ‘We’re in a group show with nothing in common!’ considered approaches to curating a disparate and unconnected collection of works and advised on key issues to consider and exploit such as who or what goes where?  The session was led by Nick Kaplony, Artquest Programme Co-ordinator and Exhibitions officer at Pump House Gallery, along with invited guest advisors. Matt Roberts, from Matt Roberts Arts, and curator Susie Gray
  • I want to run an artists’ run space, but I don’t know how – Monday 22nd February at Dugdale Centre, Enfield
    This event was for anyone wanting to put on a show or project in a space that isn’t already a gallery. The event will addressed crucial questions in getting a space up and running; covering all aspects of setting up an artist run space, look at the advantages and potential pitfalls of such an activity, taking participants through the practical and philosophical reasons for embarking on this kind of project. The course was led by Russell Martin, Advisors on hand were 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! – Monday 15th March 2010 at The Gallery at Willesden Green, Brent
    This event was for artists making funding, commission, exhibition or any kind of proposals. Through practical exercises and advice artists gained tips on how to make the most of their project and skills. Dodge the Shredder was devised and led by accomplished Visual Artist, Writer and Broadcaster, Emilia Telese.
  • I want to talk about my work but I don’t know how – Monday 22nd March 2010  at Tate Modern
    This was a practical, hands on session run by artist Noëmi Lakmaier to help artists better identify what their practice is about, who their audiences are and how best to communicate their work to them. It looked at understanding the values and motivations for making work and marrying them with appropriate opportunities and audiences. This session was run in partnership with Shape.

Futurising – Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 June 2010

Led by LCC on behalf of University of the Arts London, 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 Art related events and services during the two days of the fayre. These included a panel discussion chaired by Gallerist Lucy Newman Cleeve (Man&Eve Gallery), with curator Beth Greenacre (Rokeby Gallery) and artists Melanie Stidolph and Laura Eldret on different careers available in the arts and approaches to success. Also a talk by Artquest and University of the Arts London Curator Medeia Cohan-Petrolino on the do’s and don’ts of approaching different kinds of galleries.

Going Dutch: Amsterdam Salon- 23-25 June 2010

To compliment the Going Dutch residency and develop our international networks and knowledge of Amsterdam’s art ecology, Artquest presented a series of informal dialogue based seminars and social networking events in Amsterdam, where artists met to find out about critical currents in international practice. All days started with a drop-in Breakfast hosted by Artquest. All the salon events took place at our Going Dutch residency partners M4gastatelier.

  • Academy Salon: Klaas Hoek in conversation with artist Yvonne Droge Wendel – 23rd June 2010
    Informal in-conversation between artists working in higher education institutions in the UK and Netherlands. This session will focus on notions of pedagogy, professional development and community practice between artists, looking at the art education systems in the UK and Netherlands.
  • Artist Led Activity Salon: Yasmine Ostendorf of Transartist in conversation with artist Janice McNab – 24th June
    An overview of the different political and economic motivations behind artist led activity – galleries, residencies, community projects etc – in the UK and Netherlands, based on short presentations by practicing artists. The session will include practical information on building artist networks in the UK and maintaining relationships between different art scenes
  • Bike Tour of local spaces and closing dinner – 25th June
    Organised by M4gastatelier, the bike tour travelled to local artist-led and major art spaces in Amsterdam. This was followed by a closing dinner with the studio community and friends to mark the end of the project.

Craft Rally – 25 March and 23 April 2010

Craft Rally was the first pilot phase of a series of 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.

Craft Rally, part of the Crafts Council’s Collective series of professional development programmes, is a programme of talks, seminars, discussions, workshops, performances and professional and social networking events that help makers consider some of the key issues relating to contemporary crafts practice together.

Part 1: London – Thursday 25 March 2010 at Chelsea College of Art and Design

Included presentations and events by:

Introductions from Craft Rally MC Lee Corner and maker, curator and academic 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 and Ex Machina conferences).

Sessions included:

  • Lost and Found explores how new life and meaning can be found in the discarded and forgotten.
  • Beyond the Object explores the value of talk and collaborative practice
  • Material and Meaning explores the performativity of matter
  • Darned Memory: a walk and talk with artist Clare Qualmann; a chance to get outside and explore the locale in relation to making and mending, collecting narratives and telling stories.
  • Cloth Non-Confidential by the Bricolage Textile Collective
  • Sampler: a Culture Clash performance involving networking, drinks and a performance by David Littler’s Sampler project, a collaboration with international DJ Jason Singh bringing together the worlds of embroidery and DJing through collaboration with embroiderers, beat-boxers, performance poets, filmmakers, curators from the V&A and the Embroiderers’ Guild.
  • Repair and mend, vox pops and informal discussion.

Part 2: Sheffield Friday 23 April 2010 at Museums Sheffield: Millennium Galleries, Learning Centre

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 – 11 March 2010

To mark the launch of our improved and expanded Artroute site (providing arts-specific advice for artists travelling around the world) and our improved Artelier website (a free online global studio exchange network) 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:

Self Assembly – ongoing project started February 2009

Seminar series looking at the individual elements of an artists career and how they fit together. See the main Self Assembly/Channel Q project page to listen to the recordings of past sessions.

The Real World – ongoing project started May 2009

Looking at real-life examples from the careers of practitioners, The Real World is presented in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery. See the main The Real World project page for further details and recordings of past sessions.