09 Dec

Andover Education Centre

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As part of their latest Arts Award project, the AEC is bringing groups of young people to visit the studios and meet some artists. (Chloe and myself). Although a light-hearted visit , there is always something to be learnt when delivering a wide ranging talk at fast pace to a non-art audience. It forces a higher degree of communication  and understanding about your own subject. With an art audience, you can slip into conversational short-hand, people will know what you are talking about, and the ideas you are referring to.

Young people on the margins are a different kettle of fish. They have no reason to pay attention to you, and may not have any initial interest in what you are saying. The challenge, therefore, is to provide a high degree of clarity, while all the time capturing that elusive interest. Boring meandering artspeak and theoretical know-how has little place in an environment like this, but there is no reason why the content shouldn’t be involved, informative and challenging.


05 Nov

Arts Award Training

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The first of two landmark events today at CAS. Our Arts Award Hub funding allowed CAS to provide its first in-house Advisor training session.  Rose Kigwana,  the regional Arts Award Programme Manager travelled from Brighton to give six of our artists Discover and Explore training,  hugely increasing our capacity to deliver Arts Award,  and preparing the ground for Wider Reach mk2 in 2015.
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And all organised by our own hub coordinator Deborah Skinner. A good day. 

30 Oct

Artswork Annual Conference

This years conference, themed around “Connecting | Collaborating | Celebrating” took place at the BFI in London on 23rd October.

Fellow artist Tom Mortimer worked with me to deliver a high speed zine workshop as a teaser trailer of possibilities for teachers across the UK. In their allocated one hour they were given a ‘Zine 101′ introduction and then produced an 8-page zine.

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