Workspace is not just a physical thing. It extends across time, headspace, money, and studio. There is a need to grapple with everything from how an art practice can bring in an income to pay the bills, to how an artist can stay motivated, connect to peers, how artists can choose to develop collectively or individually a studio (or even just a workspace) that facilitates the time and the headspace and the structure to generate work and generate funding, or can an artist choose to stay free of any institutional ties in order to grab opportunities when they arise, and how an artist can progress upward or downward – or studiously avoid – in the ‘art career’ ladder or even in the ‘creative industries’?
This afternoon of conversations will learn lessons and start debate around the paths taken by artists, thinking about how we can create the environments that supports us as we sustain a practice. We will look at what supports do we need, and investigate self-organisation as well as collectively generating supportive institutions like a self-funded gallery & studio, self-organised events, or deciding to act as a commercial or a social enterprise. With contributions from a chair and artists from across Ireland – Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Derry and Donegal.
Chaired by Declan Sheehan – Social Innovator: Visual Arts – Holywell Trust
Panelists include: Joanne Laws – Arts Writer and Researcher; Shelly McDonnell – 126 Gallery; Jacinta Lynch – Broadstone Studios; Deirdre Morrissey & Faye Hosbon – Platform