Reflecting on Your Practice: Professional Development Workshops

Reflecting on Your Practice: Professional Development Workshops

Between January and July 2014, EMVAN coordinator Elizabeth Hawley delivered a series of Professional Development Workshops across the Midlands to support artists in the region to reflect upon their practice and find strategies for progressing their careers. Here, in response to questions posed by Turning Point West Midlands' colleague Annabel Clarke, Elizabeth reflects on the workshops.

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This one-day event will consider how different relationships between organisations, artists and audiences can stretch the boundaries of art practice, using the work of two different organisations to stimulate dialogue, questions and discussion. The speakers on the day will be Alessandro Vincentelli discussing Baltic 39 and Donna Lynas discussing Wysing Arts Centre.

Thursday 25 October 2012, 13:00-18:30

The event focuses on the processes involved in producing contemporary visual art, now and in the future, with a view to informing the region’s artistic ambitions, collaborative ventures and networks.

Starting the day with informal group conversations over a shared lunch, the event will engage a diverse sample of the regional arts sector including representatives from the region's main contemporary art venues, projects, artists and curators, offering the opportunity to socialise, exchange experiences and network. The early evening sees a change in venue to encourage further discussion in a less formal atmosphere.

The event has been developed by Bruce Asbestos (Trade) and Niki Russell (Reactor/Primary) for EMVAN.

£5 entry (includes lunch and refreshments)

Booking: http://goo.gl/Q6Zx8

PRIMARY and East Midlands Visual Arts Network present: The Longest Lunch

Join East Midlands Visual Arts Network and PRIMARY for their first PRIMARY Picnic.

Celebrate 2012’s longest day by coming along to PRIMARY and enjoying a lunch in the inspiring surroundings of Nottingham’s newest visual arts venue.

Not only will there be culinary delights to sample but there’ll also be a chance to see round some of the studios and to meet some of the resident artists. Alternatively, this is a chance to get away from it all and take it easy over in PRIMARY’s Playground.

Bring a friend and some food to share!

PRIMARY, 33 Seely Road, Nottingham, NG7 INU

www.weareprimary.org.uk

Contemporary Art of Walking and East Midlands Visual Arts Netwalk present: Encounter, Nottingham

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Photo: Elizabeth Hawley

EMVAN is working with Contemporary Art of Walking to hold a series of netwalks, Encounters, in each of the counties of the region to follow on from its recent 'On Tour' events.

The walks will offer the opportunity to develop the conversations that were started or connections that were made at those events. The third walk in Nottingham which will include ‘micro navigation’ as a way of experiencing urban walking and becoming more aware of the subtle changes in the street and ground levels will take place between 9.30am and 12.00pm on Thursday 21 June. Participants will be led to PRIMARY, where they are welcome to join The Longest Lunch.

Alison Lloyd of Contemporary Art of Walking will lead the walks, which are designed to bring people together to walk, and in walking together to share an experience. The walks will feature art in a variety of ways, upholding a long-practiced artistic convention of using nature as a catalyst for thought and creativity, Alison has designed and led walks for and in collaboration with Beacon Bi Monthlies, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, QUAD, Skegness Arts Festival, New Research Trajectories, and the Still Walking Festival, Birmingham.

The other walks will take place over the coming months, the dates of which are to be confirmed.

Book a place at http://contemporaryartofwalking.com/events/

Contemporary Art of Walking and East Midlands Visual Arts Network present: Encounter, Derbyshire

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Image courtesy of Tom CretneyEMVAN is working with Contemporary Art of Walking to hold a series of netwalks in each of the counties of the region to follow on from the recent 'On Tour' events. The walks will offer the opportunity to develop the conversations that were started or connections that were made at those events. The second will be a circular walk from and back to Cromford Station in Derbyshire on Thursday 24 May, 1.30 - 4pm.

Alison Lloyd of Contemporary Art of Walking will lead the walks, which are designed to bring people together to walk, and in walking together to share an experience. The walks will feature art in a variety of ways, upholding a long-practiced artistic convention of using nature as a catalyst for thought and creativity, Alison has designed and led walks for and in collaboration with Beacon Bi Monthlies, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, QUAD, Skegness Arts Festival, New Research Trajectories, and the Still Walking Festival, Birmingham.

The other walks will take place over the coming months, the dates of which are to be confirmed.

Book a place at http://contemporaryartofwalking.com/events/

EMVAN roadshow highlights Strategies for Survival

As part of its Strategies for Survival programme, EMVAN has been getting out and about across the East Midlands with a series of roadshows.

This series of events, the most recent of which is taking place in Leicester today, present an opportunity for new and prospective members to engage in critical discussion, to exchange ideas and information, to meet friends and make contacts, and to find out more about EMVAN and its future programme of activity.

The roadhsow dates were as follows:

2 February  – The Box, QUAD, Derby, 5-8pm

21 Feb – New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 5-8pm

23 Feb – University of Northampton, 5-8pm

1 March – New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, 5-8pm

A final event will be held on 8th March in Rutland. The venue and time have yet to be confirmed.

Places can be booked through QUAD on 01332 290 606 or via www.derbyquad.co.uk.