Get into the London Art World
Gain first hand insight into how artists, curators, collectors and gallerists successfully establish, survive and thrive in a diverse and dynamic art scene. Supported by a theoretical framework, experience four days of site visits to galleries, artists’ studios and project spaces, where you will hear direct from practitioners inside the London art world...
Taught by: Sarah Sparkes, Anne Robinson.
Gain first hand insight into how artists, curators, collectors and gallerists successfully establish, survive and thrive in a diverse and dynamic art scene. Supported by a theoretical framework, experience four days of site visits to galleries, artists’ studios and project spaces, where you will hear direct from practitioners inside the London art world. You will consider and discuss a variety of models used by those working in the visual arts to support and promote their practise.
Learn the importance of building up contacts, networking and how to find, manage and maintain your creative workspace. With guidance from your tutor you will identify your ‘next steps’ whether aspiring to a career as a practising artist, setting up, or working for an arts organisation or independent gallery. Each morning you will gain advice on essential survival tips for art practitioners. In the afternoons you will visit diverse and exciting art spaces where you will learn from experts in the field. Please note that the content of each course will vary dependent on the current exhibition schedule.
Art Spaces: How to find and make an application for a studio, pop-up or long-term exhibition space.
Supporting Your Practice: How to apply for funding and sponsorship. Advice on sales, contracts, commissions and commissioning.
Marketing: Building contacts and networking. Defining your audience. Ways to promote your work, project or gallery.
Useful Resources and Communities: Organisations offering advice to artists. Useful registries for art practitioners and essential legal advice.
By the end of the course you will have gained an insight into the London art world We will have opened your mind to the many opportunities available to artists, curators as well as those choosing Fine Art as a career in their pursuit for exposure, social engagement and survival.
Who Should Attend
Suitable for practising artists or art students looking to establish their practise after art school; for those thinking of a career change into the visual arts or for anyone interested in making proposals to venues, applying for gallery internships or a career in arts administration or curation. Also suitable for anyone with a curiosity to learn more about or become part of the London Art World.
All Levels Welcome
Sarah Sparkes is an artist and independent curator whose practice explores the immaterial and how this may be visualised. Since 2008 she has run the curatorial research project GHost. She has organised numerous collaborative and solo projects, working with both U.K. and international artists and realising ambitious events and exhibitions in both public and private spaces - including the London Art Fair and Folkestone Triennial. She holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts and between 2009 - 2011 was a Research Fellow at the University of London. As well as leading and curating a number of visual arts projects, she frequently exhibits her own work which encompasses installation, painting, performance and film. She was the 2015 the winner of the MERU Art*Science Award, recently had a solo exhibition with New Art Projects. A qualified HE Lecturer, she has taught within both academic and non-academic environments and is currently lecturing in Fine Art and Independent Curating at a number of London institutions including Tate Modern and University of the Arts. She lectures and has published widely on her own practice and curatorial projects. www.ghosthostings.co.uk
Anne Robinson’s art and curatorial practice is concerned with the perception and politics of time passing. She completed a practice-led PhD entitled The Elusive Digital Frame and the Elasticity of Time in Painting in 2012 and has taught in a number of universities, most recently, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL. She works experimentally with film, sound, paint and performance and has curated in public museums. Based in east London, she has exhibited in the UK and internationally. Works include:Thrashing in the Static at Deptford X and Inside Out Blues in Marseilles during Capital of Culture year. Curatorial projects include: Supernormal Festival, Over Time on the Thames foreshore and Fluid Sounds in Copenhagen. She has presented work on artists’ moving image at: Stamford University, Theatre Academy of Shanghai, Birkbeck and Chelsea College of Arts, UAL.
Please bring the following items with you on the first day:
Sensible walking shoes and an umbrella.
A travel card or contactless payment card
A note book and pen