A series of events about making and maintaining opportunities in the visual arts. Led by tutor Alastair Gordon, the programme aims to help artists establish a long-term, sustainable and rigorous art practice.
Through a series of lectures and workshops, artists will discuss practical strategies for surviving as an artist and how to thrive beyond art school.
Subjects will include how to grow in confidence in approaching galleries, building your support network, making the most of social media, developing your online presence, knowing your rights within art law, applying for open call exhibitions and residencies, managing resources of time and money, writing an artist statement and building your CV. There will be opportunity to receive critical feedback on your work through group crits and to discover how to situate your practice in the wider context of the contemporary art world.
A selection of visiting artists and guest speakers will also be invited to lead individual sessions on a termly basis*.
£20 per session
Wednesday 7 November | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
'Making a Living From Your Art Without Selling Out'
Working as an artist today isn't just about making great art. It involves a broad variety of entrepreneurial skills to make a living through your art. In this seminar we'll be focusing in ways to generate income without pandering to the market or feel like you're selling out. With examples of artists who are surviving and thriving we'll talk about how to set up as a small business, promote your work, look for gallery representation or sell your work independently. We'll also consider alternative means of income that aren't dependent on making art that sells.
Wednesday 5 December | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
'How to Survive and Thrive as an Artist'
In this seminar we will discuss how to nurture a sustainable and long-term practice. Beginning with ways of making a living without selling your art we will conisder the possibilities for artists residencies, applying for open call exhibitions, awards, grants and trust funds. Through the evening we will demystify how the commercial art worlds function. We will discuss how the major pillars of the art world operate and relate to one another including the connection between art schools, graduate programmes, commercial and public galleries, art fairs, dealers, gallerists, curators and the artists own studio. In so doing the intention is to help you identify which arena of the art world you belong, aspire to work within and how to get there.
*Workshops with a guest speaker will have a £10 supplement fee.