Over the last few months A New Direction had the pleasure of working with ArtWorks London through Barbican/Guildhall on the ArtWorks London programme.
ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings is a 'Special Initiative' funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
The scheme seeks to meet the needs of artists at different stages in their careers, from the aspiring young artist embarking on training, to experienced practitioners who wish to progress their output. It is seeking to build on good practice to enhance the existing development infrastructure.
The focus in London has been on looking at the training infrastructure – from U18 to undergraduate, postgraduate and through to CPD level – for artists working in participatory settings and seeing if more could be done to strengthen and enhance good practice.
A New Direction helped ArtWorks London to pull together three seminars.
The first -which took place on 17 January 2013- looked at how arts organisations support artists to develop their practice.
The second considered the role of Higher Education in London and the third was a discussion about the particular place of Further Education. Both seminars took place on the 18 March 2013.
To enrich and develop debate, A New Direction also commissioned two sets of case studies, one looking at the practice of arts organisations in London in respect of training and support for artists, and one looking at the opportunities offered through Higher Education.
ArtWorks London will be taking forward the learning from these sessions and building them into the next phase of the ArtWorks London activity.
To find out more about ArtWorks and how to get involved in the London programme please go here.