Sometimes in my anxiety to make work, share it and think about it I forget how important it is to acknowledge the importance of having fun and the social aspect of art-making. I acknowledge it as key in my work with Dover Arts Development – we always said we’d stop if it was no longer enjoyable – but sometimes I forget this in the context of my own practice. Private views are important in that respect – the conversations I have in the context of the work being shown are ones I wouldn’t have otherwise, and important even if it means having to go back when it’s quieter to see the work again.
In that vein, the artists’ breakfast as part of SALT 2016 in Folkestone was both fun and essential. Keeping connected with each other just helps.