Surviving and Thriving as an Artist- Rosalind Davis, Notes

Notes made during the talk by artist, curator, teacher, writer and consultant Rosalind David

  • Managed and curated CORE gallery in Deptford
  • Zeitgeist Arts Projects- ZAP- artist run organisation co-founded and ran with Annabell Tilley
  • “What They Didn’t Teach You at Art School”- her book
  • what other values do you have? “Making it” looks different to everyone
  • getting opportunities- meeting people, building contacts, keeping in contact, promotion, research, seizing opportunities, building a good reputation, being polite and memorable, being organised and professional, networking
  • design the art and career YOU want
  • engage in the process- i.e. exhibitions
  • be aware of the different kinds of art spaces/organisations and figure out which work best for you
  • apply for opportunities- competitions, open calls, DIY gallery proposals, art fairs, festivals, site specific projects, commissions, awards, ect
  • get used to rejection but don’t let it get you down
  • don’t be passive- pursue things!
  • Why have an exhibition?
    – to get feedback
    – meeting people
    – to see your work in a new context
    – working with new people
    – socialising/networking
    – learn from others
    – professional reputation
    – sell work
  • email- write a personal intro (show you have researched them) before inviting them to your event go to theirs- build a real connection
  • Ways to make money:
    – commissions
    – funding
    – scholarships/grants
    – awards
    – residencies
    – exhibition fees (rare)
    – other art jobs
  • Oli Epp- residencies- PLOP residency
  • Selling your work:
    – be realistic
    – be present
    – be prepared to talk about your work
    – price it right
  • Virginia Verran
  • check contracts and be careful- get legal advice (Art Quest offers an hour free)
  • Arts Council funding- “Develop Your Creative Practice”
  • artist statements- find 3 powerful words to describe your work, be creative with language, make it engaging, what and why, spellcheck, get someone to proof read, update it regularly, read it out loud
  • Shape Shifters Exhibition- 2nd May
  • writing about your work- who, what, why, why here, when
  • applying for things- possibilities, timing, dates, assistance, ability to engage, support, workshops, talks, collaboration, community, value, networks, organisation, communication
  • UKYA- for 18-30 year olds
  • website, business cards, press release, newspapers, social media, research people to invite, peers, re-introduce yourself, be realistic, spend time on things
  • Art Quest- careers and employability newsletter – sign up!!

This talk was really engaging and full of useful information for the future- as you can see I made a lot of notes!

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