An analysis and commentary on artists’ work and opportunities in 2012.
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How do artists fare when they show work in publicly-funded galleries in the UK? Research in 2013 led by AIR – Artists Interaction and Representation as the first stage in the Paying artists research and campaign presents some thought-provoking data […]
6 December 2011. 3331 Chiyoda, Tokyo. Edited transcript of recorded interview.
As part of Joshua Sofaer’s Artist as Leader research, Masato Nakamura discusses his commitment to transforming the art education system in Japan, and the inauguration of a new model of art centre “founded on the basis of artist leadership”.
Sarah Rowles research looks at approaches to teaching professional practice within fine and applied arts programmes and identifies the role a-n and other professional development organisations can have in supporting student learning in the future. Pdf, Requires pdf reader.
17 February 2012. The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles. Recording Time: 39 minutes.
As part of his Artist as Leader research, Joshua Sofaer talks to David Wilson, the Director of The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, about the “grey areas” and “inspiration as a form of leading”.
31 January 2012. Soho, London. Recording Time: 56 minutes
As part of Joshua Sofaer’s Artist as Leader research, Kate Love, Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, interrogates the idea of the ‘artist as leader’ by considering both the meaning and use of the phrase: “If you are allied to the left you are far more likely to be sceptical of the idea of leadership.”
16 November 2011. First Draft Gallery, Sydney. Recording Time: 36 minutes.
As part of Joshua Sofaer’s Artist as Leader research, 4 directors of Sydney based First Draft discuss how the project’s reputation for “conquering the new” has developed as its aims have shifted from supporting emerging women artists to encompass all new and emerging practitioners.
28 December 2011. Soho, London. Recording Time: 50 minutes.
As part of Joshua Sofaer’s Artist as Leader research, artist Richard Layzell and businessman Richard Hicks discuss Layzell’s 7 year tenure as ‘Visionaire’ at AIT software where he created bespoke events that addressed the problems and needs of the developing company.
1 November 2011, Performance Space, Sydney. Recording Time: 52 minutes.
As part of Joshua Sofaer’s Artist as Leader research, 3 members of Melbourne based artists’ collective Field Theory discuss cultural leadership in relation to what they do: “In terms of what being a leader in this field [of live art] means, there is no precedent; we have to forge a path.”
1 February 2012, Shoreditch, London. Recording Time: 33 minutes.
As part of Joshua Sofaer’s Artist as Leader research, sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker discusses how she came to art making and her reluctance to assume the position of leader: “All my work is about undoing positions of power”.
As the Clore Leadership Programme’s first dedicated ‘Artist Fellow’, Joshua Sofaer set about exploring what ‘Artist as Leader’ might mean. Here he shares an overview of what his research revealed.
Drawing on a-n’s Collaborative relationships series along with other key research publications, Chris Fremantle asks “Who is collaborating? Who ‘wins’ and what do they ‘win’?” From the a-n Collections series. PDF [size 100 kbs]. Requires PDF reader.
Chris Fremantle highlights key themes and issues around collaboration making use of a-n’s extensive archive of texts on the subject.
This Research paper forms part of a series that looks specifically at the nature and value of openly-advertised work and opportunities for visual and applied artists. Drawing on data published on www.a-n.co.uk/jobs, this series set out in 2007 to track […]
This Research paper forms part of a series that looks specifically at the nature and value of openly-advertised work and opportunities for visual and applied artists. Drawing on data published on www.a-n.co.uk/jobs_and_opps, this series set out in 2007 to track on an ongoing basis the key categories of awards/fellowships, academic posts, art vacancies, commissions, exhibitions, residencies and competitions/prizes, and by doing so, to identify any trends arising, and provide commentary and contextual evidence and analysis from other related sources, to contribute to arts and cultural consultations and policy.
Reyahn King explores the role of galleries within professional development for visual artists. PDF file [150kbs]
Reyahn King explores the role of galleries within professional development for visual artists. In the current climate, how can professional development for visual artists be continued and improved? This paper suggests that one answer lies in the relationship between publicly-funded regional galleries and visual artists becoming wider, deeper, and more strongly valued.
PDF version of Dany Louise’ report revealing that shockingly few individual artists apply forfunding in their own right, and even fewer are successful. [200kbs]
‘Ladders for development’ argues that the visual arts sector should pull together and support small visual arts organisations cut by Arts Council England because they “punch above their weight” and provide vital development of future artists. Six months on, Dany Louise interviews these […]
‘Ladders for development’ argues that the visual arts sector should pull together and support small visual arts organisations cut by Arts Council England because they “punch above their weight” and provide vital development of future artists. Six months on, Dany Louise interviews these arts organisations again, to find out how they’ve fared and what their futures hold.
Over the past five years, the words Turning Point have been read, heard, written and spoken with increasing frequency by people in the visual arts in England, but for many individual arts practitioners, in particular, the origins and activities of Turning Point remain a bit opaque. This briefing paper is for them and for anyone interested in understanding more about what Turning Point is and does.
The key finding of this study reveals that shockingly few individual artists apply for funding in their own right, and even fewer are successful. What this means is that there is little direct funding being given to artists to pursue and develop their own projects, under their own control – under 20% of available funding for the visual arts in England, 14% for Northern Ireland and around 18% for Scotland and Wales in 2009-2010.
To mark our 25th anniversary year, in May 2005 we embarked on the Future forecast research and publishing programme. Through collection of evidence in the form of interviews and the associated debates, our aim was to identify some of the significant issues for artists and their practice and by doing so, play our part in forecasting the infrastructure that will best support the next generation of artists.
Our challenge as a community is to question what is being done in our name whilst also adopting frameworks for open dialogue that are sufficiently dynamic to counter generalized assumptions about artists.
Becky Shaw explores the dangers of the concept of ‘continuous practice’ and gives thought to the key factors that enable longevity if artists choose it.