Plymouth-based artist collaboration LOW PROFILE has announced the first full edition of its artist-led professional development event, supported by and developed in partnership with a-n.

Jamboree 2018 will bring together 150 visual artists, curators and programmers to share experiences, exchange skills and test out ideas through a participant-built programme of presentations, micro-exhibitions, activities and discussions.

The four-day event will take place at the Dartington Estate near Totnes, 28 June – 1 July 2018. The festival follows a pilot project, also supported by a-n, which took place in 2015.

LOW PROFILE’s Hannah Rose and Rachel Dobbs say the event aims to “support the development of a geographically dispersed, national network of artists and curators” by enabling “essential, productive connections” to be made between participants.

Rose explains: “Whilst our successful pilot project in November 2015 started to address the challenges artists face in expanding the visibility of their practice and kick started several collaborations and projects between artist participants from Plymouth to Glasgow, we hope that Jamboree 2018 will be the catalyst for many more productive relationships to be built between artists located across the UK.”

The Jamboree 2018 programme includes artist-led communal making sessions, ‘walk and talk’ discussion groups, and a series of seminars by invited artists and curators. There will also be quick-fire presentations, video and moving image screenings and an informal exhibition entitled  ‘Artist and Curators Miniatures’.

Dobbs adds: “With Jamboree, LOW PROFILE’s long-term interest and commitment is to creating social environments for sharing and supporting the development of useful, long-lasting professional connections between participants.

“The programme is artist-led with opportunities for the artists and curators attending to participate in leading or taking part in different aspects.”

Because the event will be limited to 150 participants, Jamboree Weekend Entrance Passes are available on an invitation-only basis via pre-registration, or through a series of bursaries supported by key regional professional development organisations and artist support networks.

These include: CG Associates (Manchester); CVAN North West; ESP (Birmingham); PAC Home (Plymouth); Plymouth College of Art; Spike Associates (Bristol); Visual Arts South West; and WARP (Wales). 27 bursary supported places are available. Deadline for all bursaries is 20 October 2017.

The event is aimed at critically engaged artists, arts organisers, curators and programmers who are practicing professionally (whether on an independent or salaried basis) from around the UK, as well as further afield. Tickets include three nights camping at the estate, as well as access to the full Jamboree programme.

Announcing its support for Jamboree 2018, a-n’s executive director Jeanie Scott said: “As a long-term supporter of the artist-led, a-n is keen to enable artist-driven initiatives which provide opportunities to extend professional networks and create conversation.

“Supporting the development, delivery and evaluation of Jamboree 2018 provides a perfect opportunity to encourage experimentation, extend networks and disseminate learning.”

Jamboree 2018 takes place 28 June – 1 July 2018, at Dartington Estate, near Totnes.

1-3: Jamboree pilot at Plymouth Arts Centre, 2015. Photos: Dom Moore

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