Week 2 and the tweets keep flying in on ‘ What Keeps You Motivated in the Arts.’ I had not at the time of asking it anticipated such an overwhelming response and hope everyone doesnt mind me compiling- which had not been my intention at first, until I suddenly hit 50 tweets . Its so we can all read each others thoughts on what can be clearly a challenging yet profoundly rich career path .
It was also the headline news on a-n
Unfortunately we slightly lost the hashtag #artsworth on some twitters that came back but either way, everything is being compiled here.
“Art needs motives that are more profound than profit” 7 Days in the Art World, Sarah Thornton
Tweet me @rosalinddavis to contribute
@NadegeMeriau Nice I will simply quote Socrates as my response ” The unexamined life is not worth living “
the thing that motivates me is the possibility that one day I can work in the studio all day every day. period!
by making things I am able to solve problems that thinking alone would not deliver
@heatherbellart Artists can change the world by helping others to see differently.
@jemmajwatts Because being an artist gives you permission to be curious about the world, be interested in anything and ask akward Qs
@lisamuten Inspired by the richness of imaginations, the unexpected, the unknown and the need to improve on the lastest work. life would be too mundane without art!
@BridgetHJackson Me too “@susanefrancis:…because in the studio, alone, I feel totally and inexplicably content and always have done”
@G_Embroidery learning new techniques and and exploring different processes is what keeps me motivated
@Corr_ remembering the alternative keeps me going,wrking with amazingly supportive gallery/people,all the things ev’one else said:)
@cie_brown Hard to say, but for me a sort of yearning, a restlessness and a curiosity. & every so often, a feeling of getting it right.
@joolshenry I have found a way to express myself.
@TheSoupLab ecause every single day is different when running an art space. You are constantly surprised by people’s ability to make and share.
@LeelaClarke Blood, sweat, tears, love&encountering lovely,exciting&crazy people along the way
@GordonAitcheson Motivation?The vague possibility that my next work just might be the one that I could conceivably almost be satisfied with.
@trevors_myth I do it because it is in me, I couldn’t not do it
@Counterwork I love being constantly asked when I’m getting a proper job.
@Charley_Peters What motivates me to work in the arts….the constant mental challenges, likeminded people… exciting collaborations, new ideas, independence of thought…and besides its many frustrations, it’s just great fun
James Mark Whittet Reason #1: When my mind can’t deal with a tricky situation or find a logical solution to it, making a piece of art takes me out of myself and into a cerebral realm.
@rebeccagloveruk its the unexpected discoveries along the journey. Nothing is ever predictable
@BADEPTart Its Mental Freedom to express yourself, develope yourself and learn about the world around you
@Phil_Hall_Patch That rush I get when a good idea feels like someone just lit a sparkler in my brain!
@greigburgoyne motivated/arts- its being driven by an urgency to communicate that has no other equivalent in daily life think film “stalker’
@juliecaves Those ‘painting dreams’, belonging to a creative community, using art for ‘positive defiance’, and colour.
Reply From @rosalinddavis to @rebeccagloveruk : definitely.an exciting journey with endless possibilities&potential. Return From Julie Caves: really is! And a sort of battle against society’s obsessive need to define/predict the outcome of things
@helen_nisbet creating a platform for others&for myself to ask questions,do something positive& ideally to encourage solidarity between people
@silviejacobi think ahead: new territories for arts. challenge truly creative ideas & concepts that bring growth to urban & global economies
@EKpaint it is a daily challenge that stimulates the brain and gives satisfaction at times.