The Artist’s Journey #3
A two-day event of talks and presentations by artists and researchers on forging a career out of art.
The Artist’s Journey # 3
13 – 14 February 2020 (Thursday & Friday)
The Head Post Office, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield S1 2AY
Being an artist can take you to places you never thought were possible, but the paths are unclear and the maps complicated.
Last year the people who we travel with joined us; journeys are enhanced by the people we meet on route, the friends who accompany us and the support of the places we go to.
This year we will not be travelling far but visiting the fringes shedding light on the practices, interests and groups that operate at the edges or outside of the ‘professional’ and formal structures or economies.
Day 1: Thursday, 13 February 2020
The first day is made up of invited artist presentations. While ‘professionalisation’ suggests the positive, necessary steps to becoming an artist, there are ‘improfessional’ practices that exist at an off-kilter relation to this imperative. Outside of the professional / unprofessional binary, what else do artists do, feel, or think as they build their portfolio, write their grants, or get on with these obvious tasks? And as both a direct or dissonant response to our art-making lives, what modalities of survival and thriving do we develop? How do we – or don’t we – maintain the balance, health, and motivation necessary to keep going as supposed art professionals?
The presentations will explore these questions in two thematically-based sessions: improfessional organising (morning) and improfessional trajectories (afternoon). The morning session will focus on ways of organising, with contributions from institutional as well as artist-led perspectives. The afternoon session will turn to the different pathways that artists have made for themselves.
Day 2 : Friday, 14 February 2020
The 2nd day is the result of a new partnership between Sheffield Hallam University and the National Association of Fine Art Educators and consists of a series of presentations selected from an open call by NAFAE (National Association for Fine Art Education) relating to the theme of ‘Improfessional’ practices.
For full programme information and to book, click here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-artists-journey-3-tickets-88845060969
The Artist’s Journey is hosted by Bloc Projects in partnership with the National Association of Fine Art Education, Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network, Sheffield Hallam University and Mansions of the Future.
Photo credit: artist Manish Harijan, Unseen Untouchable, 2019
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- Posted January 09, 2020