We have all experienced those moments when we wonder if people are going to understand what we mean. Or, those times when we are asked to talk about ourselves and the words stumble out leaving us with a feeling that we could have done that better, or indeed wished that we had a few quick sentences prepared to use at the drop of a hat.
This is what our up and coming workshop on Communicating Your Practice with Conall Cary is about – helping us to put together ideas so that we can be better at getting across what we are working on and how we talk about it to different people and audiences. There will be consideration of how we can overcome art speak, and still get across strong concepts that are understandable by a wide audience.
For this ‘Communicating Your Practice’ workshop, Conall will cover:
- Communicating your work to the arts community vs. communicating your work to a non-arts community
- Going outside of your comfort zone
- The importance of exploring a thematic identity
- Public practice vs. Private Practice
- Building partnerships to help bridge gaps in skillsets/experience
- Strategic applications
- Importance of networking and collaboration
- Importance of social engagement in arts practices today
- Importance of website and social media
- Physical presentation of practice: fonts, colours etc.
- Proposals such as Public Art Commissions
- Examples of past submissions/proposals
- An analysis of participants work, social media/websites, and applications submitted
Participants may bring along a copy of some kind of artist statement, examples of previous work, in particular proposals or submitted works as part of submissions if they so desire.
There will also be a Q&A session towards the end of the day.
Conall Cary is a visual artist and printmaker based out of Ireland. After studies at the University of Oregon, he went on to study at the Centre for Creative Arts & Media in Galway, where he graduated with a First-Class Honors Degree. Conall has exhibited widely throughout Ireland and internationally, and has completed residencies in Scotland, Finland, Ireland and America. He has been supported by The Arts Council, Galway City Arts Office, Wicklow County Arts Office, and Cork City Arts Office. He has been awarded Per Cent for Art Commissions in Cork (2014/2018), Sligo (2015), Mayo (2017), and Waterford (2019). Since 2014 has worked as Print Media Technician at the C.I.T. Crawford College of Art & Design. He is a member of Cork Printmakers, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.
Conall has most recently represented Ireland in the 2018 International Printmaking Triennale in Krakow, Poland, and the Sights and Sounds of Ireland Today video art exhibition at the Dupont Underground in Washington D.C.
Limerick, Tipperary or Clare Based Artists €25
VAI Members (Non Limerick, Tipperary or Clare Based) €50