The artists that I feel influenced me the most was the Katherine Jones and Catherine Ade. Katherine Jones in her the scale of her pictures and use of colour and Catherine in the context of her work. Showing that printmaking is both contemporary and relevant in 2019. It would be nice to see more speakers in the future who can push our ideas about what can pertain to be a Drawing or a Print (or whatever). It would be nice to see more visiting speakers who feel Drawing and Print is a fundamental part of their practice.
Interesting set of talks about respective views on tutor’s various ‘fields’ though felt that there needed to be more provocation as an example to us students of the kind of conversations that happen in talks of this kind. In my opinion Lucy Ward presented the best provocation talk as she evidenced her argument, whilst tracking the progression of the practice of drawing has kept pace with other contemporary art forms and is therefore is just as valid as high art. Though these talks only confirmed that I have a lot to learn from them in terms art history and that I have yet to work out were position myself as an artist.
Professional Practice Week
Some useful workshop, where I learnt about funding from Gemma Gunning (Life after UWE & Bristol Print Collective). Also, the talk from Luke Jerram, who gave the most earnest account of his business in detail, it was astonishingly frank! This is what we need to hear as artists, that you don’t need to starve anymore!
I also managed to update my CV and apply to make speculative applications for summer internships working in print studios. To learn how professional print studios, operate and better my chances of getting an art related vocation after graduation to stay connected to the art community.
These talks were interesting, particularly Ian Chamberlain gave the most ‘useful’ in relating his practice to Atlantic Wall project, the Impact 10 International Printmaking Conference – Santander, Spain and the context of his research. It gave a basis to how myself, as a student could envision my future as professional artist and kind of opportunities that might lay ahead if I kept working hard on my own practice.
ExhibitionI felt that overall our group [BOAM] put on a good exhibition. I take on board the comments that John France made in his critique and know feel that we would be in a good place to be able to independently put on exhibitions elsewhere. Though the expense of doing shows through my research of finding a space is quite expensive and difficult to fund for undergraduates. How to make a success of such events is still a mystery. However, it did make me think that curating is something I would enjoy a career. I have also found out that you can do MA’s in curating (i.e. School of Art in Aberdeen).
It has been through being selected for the F-block and centre space exhibitions I have gained the confidence to pursue other opportunities and started creating the Severnside Art Collective in my area. We had our first exhibition on the 19th of May that was a success and there is talk of community based, socially engaged work for myself and other local artists in my area.
Tessa Web and other related PP Workshops
I did not attend these workshops due to other commitments and illness at the time. Though I already do have website and am confident in giving presentations (not so much about my own work). If this gets repeated next year maybe I could do them then? Though having done my own website I do believe that have an online presence is vital as an artist in 2019.
I have learned a lot over the last year the highlights that truly influenced my work is the research talks, PP week and the group exhibition. Things to improve upon is connecting to the Bristol art Community and going to more preview evenings and start having conversation with people, this leads to more opportunities and I need all help I can get!