Emily Speed is an artist based in Liverpool. www.emilyspeed.co.uk
CAVE will take place in Liverpool during the opening weekend of the 7th Liverpool Biennial this autumn.
February saw the inaugural OpenAIR: Effecting Change members forum take place at Firstsite, Colchester as well as State of the Arts, Arts Council England’s (ACE) annual conference, which had Artists’ Shaping the World’ as its theme. Emily Speed, Jack Hutchinson and Gillian Nicol give their views of these events.
With funding initially awarded in May 2010, the Skills for the Future training scheme from the Heritage Lottery Fund is offering paid training opportunities in museum and heritage settings across the UK.
October saw the debut of Sluice, a new art fair described by organisers artist Karl England and curator Ben Street as “an informal and accessible temporary platform for young galleries and project spaces to exhibit their artists’ work, gain exposure and encourage dialogue between artists, curators and audiences.”
Emily Speed reports from Abandon Normal Devices (AND) – ‘a call to arms inviting anarchists of the imagination to propose striking perspectives on normality’.
New high profile museums and galleries have opened across the UK, but how can they best contribute to the local arts and culture, asks Emily Speed.
In 2009 and selected by regional groups, twelve arts commissions worth £5.4 million were awarded for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Emily Speed takes a look at how some of the Artists Taking the Lead projects are progressing around the halfway point between commission announcements and their presentation.
How do artists go about delivering a very large commission to deadline? Emily Speed interviewed Shauna Richardson about her Artist Taking the Lead Commission: The Lionheart Project.
A look at how two artists, Rosalie Schweiker and Binita Walia have created their own
workspaces and potential sources of income.
In March, artists got together to discuss and share their strategies for surviving the cuts without compromising practice, ethics or professionalism.
Artists’ survival and growth is dependent on networking and professional interchange.
W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy)