Saturday, 10 March 2007

Ecosystem - Networking Artists

You may have seen this already in artists' newsletter. Deadline for booking is thursday 15th March:

Roadshow West Midlands: Ecosystem
A NAN event – Networking Artists’ Saturday 24 March 12.30 – 6pm
Staffordshire University Activity Space
College Rd
How do artists relate to the art market?
Why is there no significant commercial system in Birmingham or the West Midlands?
Are regional networks over-reliant on the current art funding structures?
What are the alternatives to the commercial gallery system?

A NAN event organised with artist-led organisation Matt Roberts Arts, Roadshow West Midlands: Ecosystem will see curators, artists, art market experts and groups from across Britain join in the debate about development and sustainability of the arts market in the West Midlands. Through knowledge sharing about projects and strategies, success stories, recurring problems and strategies, the event will discuss ideas for future support structures in this area of the UK.
The event will also offer a chance for participants to shape future NAN events by suggesting themes and issues that matter to them.

Roadshow West Midlands: Ecosystem is the third of a series of events for artists organised by NAN in collaboration with arts organisations and artist-led initiatives in the UK, exploring how artists in different areas of the country relate to the art world and market in light of current and future trends in state funding, as well as probing new ways in which the NAN initiative can respond to the needs of artists.Speakers include:

Ruth Claxton Birmingham-based artist. She has shown widely in the UK and is represented by Arquebuse in Geneva. She is also a member of artist-led group Self Service, whose current project is Pub Conversations

Tom Godfrey artist and co-curator of Moot, a Nottingham-based artist-led gallery and also Gallery and Exhibitions Coordinator for Wilkinson Gallery, a commercial gallery in East London.

Susan McNally Art Consultant and Project Manager and Co-Producer of New Art Birmingham

Matt Roberts Founder of Matt Roberts Arts, a not-for-profit artist-led organisation founded in December 2006, to create opportunities for early career artists in new locations and new contexts, and to link London networks with potential partners across Britain.

Ian Vines Exhibition and Programme Coordinator at the Potteries Museum in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent The event will also exclusively feature a NAN-commissioned performance by Ayling & Conroy - artists and curators of My House Projects

Ayling & Conroy will present ‘Our Survey Says’ a performance based on their research into the commercial art market. After the performance, cabs will be available to take invitees to the AirSpace Gallery for AirVideo: “The World Around You”, a curated video event. Airspace Gallery is at Falcon Works, Old Town Road, Stoke on Trent ST1 2LB

How to book
Please send your CV along with a short statement on why you would like to attend Roadshow West Midlands: Ecosystem to Please include details of any special arrangements you may require to enable you to participate in this event. For example, we can provide a signer, material in large print and cover special transport costs.Places are awarded to artists who best demonstrate the event’s benefit to them, rather than on a first-come-first-served basis.

Deadline for bookings: Thursday 15 March
Cost: £15, or free if you’re a current a-n subscriber (returnable deposit required)
Only fifty places available.

NAN (Networking Artists' Networks) supports artists' exchange and dialogue through events, peer-awarded bursaries and research by artists, for artists. YOU make NAN happen! NAN is made possible by artists who subscribe to a-n. NAN is also supported through:Arts Council England Revenue support to a-n The Artists Information Company with project funding from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for specific projects.
To know more, go to Roadshow West Midlands: Ecosystem is also supported by Matt Roberts Arts and Airspace Gallery.

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