Interested in being a trustee or board member? Nicola Naismith explores what artists contribute and gain, and speaks to artists with experience to find out about their roles and their advice for joining a board.
Artist As Leader - a-n The Artists Information Company
Joining a board can provide artists with a voice in the decision-making room and a way to steer the arts agenda. Nicola Naismith explores what’s involved, and hears from artists and their fellow board members about the important contribution artists can make and why being a trustee matters.
Just published: To coincide with Trustees’ Week 2018, we’ve published two new a-n Resources guides, written and researched by 2017/18 Clore Visual Artist Fellow Nicola Naismith, looking at why it’s important for artists to be part of the ‘decision making process’ and offering advice and tips on how to become a board member or trustee.
Nicola Naismith is the recipient of the Clore Visual Artist Fellowship, which for the second year is supported by a-n. She explains how she feels about being the 2017-18 fellow, its relevance to her art practice, and what she hopes to get out of the year.
For the second year running, a-n is supporting the unique Clore Visual Artist Fellowship as part of the Clore Leadership programme. UK-based artists can apply now.
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”.
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.
As the Clore Leadership Programme’s first dedicated Artist Fellow, Joshua Sofaer explores what ’Artist as Leader’ might mean. Overview of what his research revealed.