Mapping Art Practice in the UK

11.30am Standpoint Gallery open studios

12pm Screening of Glossolalia by Tom Varley and tour through Standpoint’s studios

1pm Lunch at Standpoint

2pm – 5.20pm Symposium at Shoreditch Town Hall. A British sign language interpreter will be present during the symposium


How to work as an artist in the UK?

Who: we intend to engage artists, art professionals and students who are keen to explore career development and support structures.

What: this symposium responds to the geographical and economical constraints of contemporary art production, and directly addresses the current climate of art practice within different regions across England, Scotland and Wales.

Bringing together key thinkers and practitioners to discuss this pertinent subject, Mapping Art Practice will consider not just the money but the overall ecology of visual art practice – including the support structures artists make for themselves, and the institutions they interact with.


Discussion 1: London Versus the UK artworld: how do we differ, compete and interact?
Moderator: Ellen Mara De Wachter independent writer and curator, currently Curator, Public Collection Development at Contemporary Arts Society
David Powell researcher and co-author of recently published PLACE Report and Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital
Cheryl Jones director of Grand Union, Birmingham
David Hoyland director of Seventeen Gallery, London
Laura Reeves artist based in Swansea

Discussion 2: ART-DIY: what do artist-led/artist-focused organisations and initiatives achieve? (eg crit groups, studio groups, project spaces, unions)
Moderator: Dr Megan Wakefield recently completed a PhD researching peer learning amongst artists outside of formal educational systems, Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol
Anthony Gross artist and founding director of Enclave, London; and previously TemporaryContemporary
Kwong Lee director of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Mary Vettise artist and co-founder of Artists’ Union England
Pippa Koszerek artist, co-founder of The Independent Art School and member of A-N AIR Council

Discussion 3: NETWORK WORTH: How artists can benefit / be restricted by their work with institutions (eg art schools, funders, galleries, local goverment, wider commercial framework)
Moderator: David Cross artist and Reader at University of the Arts London
Anthony Schrag artist based in Edinburgh, working internationally in socially engaged practice
Teresa Gleadowe curator and writer, director of The Cornwall Workshop
Russell Martin artist, programme manager of Artquest and co-founder of Rational Rec


Mapping Art Practice in the UK has evolved out of Standpoint Futures, a residency programme that is specifically for artists working outside of London. Based at Standpoint, the purpose of the residency programme is to provide artists with access to the London art world, to help develop practice and career within the context of London, whilst supporting networks between the city and regional art world.

This event is partnered by Cass Art and has received lottery funding from Arts Council England




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