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Navigating the Art World Seminar with Doug Fishbone

Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25, 2015
Hackney, London

Special Guest Speaker: Sam Chatterton Dickson, Director of Sales, Lisson Gallery

This two-day seminar offers an overview of issues in professional practice and development for visual artists. It is particularly aimed to advise artists and students making the transition from BA or MA courses to the "real" world of professional practicing artists.

A unique feature of the seminar is that each participant will have a one-on-one hour-long private tutorial in which they can focus on issues and questions particular to their situation. It also provides students with a detailed course manual which is a useful long-term reference.

The first session is an all-day lecture/discussion from 10.00 - 18.00, which will cover the following:

- Managing Materials ie CV / Portfolio

- Marketing and Self-Promotion

- Networking and Press

- Dealing with galleries

- Looking for work / Interning

- Useful resources

- Creative approaches to funding projects

- How to conduct a successful research campaign - using the Internet as a strategic tool

We are fortunate to have a special session with guest speaker Sam Chatterton Dickson, who is the director of Sales at Lisson Gallery, one of the world's leading contemporary art galleries, who will be taking about working with galleries.

The second day is devoted to individual tutorials.

Students will have a private hour-long coaching session/tutorial to discuss whatever issues they would like.


Doug Fishbone was born in New York in 1969 and earned an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London in 2003.

He recently exhibited a major new project, Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf - a 9 hole artist-designed miniature golf course - at this year's Venice Biennale:

His project Made in China, in which he switched an Old Master painting with a cheap Chinese replica, was on view at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from February to August, 2015 in London:

His film Elmina, which had its world premiere in a solo exhibition at Tate Britain in 2010, was recently voted one of the most iconic artworks of the past 5 years by the website artinfo:

Selected group exhibitions include: Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2014); Akademie der Kunste, Berlin (2013); Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (2012); BFI, London (2012); SMBA-Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011); FACT, Liverpool (2011); Dublin Contemporary (2011); ZKM Karslruhe, Germany (2011); Tate Britain (2010), Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea (2008); Hayward Gallery, London (2008); British Art Show 6 (2006). He performs regularly at both international and UK venues, including appearances at London’s ICA and Southbank Centre.

Fishbone lectures in professional practice at the University of Westminster and is a frequent visiting lecturer at Chelsea College. He has been invited to guest lecture at dozens of universities around the UK, including the RCA, Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths College, Christies, Sotheby's, and the Slade.


The course is limited to a maximum of ten students, to enable comfortable discussions and a generally comfortable vibe.

Course Fee: 125 pounds
Coffee, Tea and snacks provided.
Money-back guarantee if dissatisfied - never yet happened!

Guest Projects
Sunbury House
1 Andrews Road
London E8 4QL

Closest Tube: Bethnal Green, Central Line

For more information or to book a place, contact:


Previous students have found the seminar very helpful. A few comments from recent sessions:

"Awesome seminar! I have renewed vigour!"

"Thank you for the fantastic seminar and tutorial!"

"I found the seminar really useful and have been telling all my art friends so. It was so inspiring"

"Thanks again for a great seminar; it was most enlightening."

"Thank you for sharing your insight into the business side of the art world. It was valuable information that you shared and I really appreciate it!"

"I wanted to thank you for the invite to the seminar. It has been rewarding and I will put the advice you gave at work for my career."