Professional practice

Professional Art Practice Courses in London & Online

City Lit’s advanced professional practice area offers a range of one-day workshops, which you can pick and mix to design your own programme of learning. New for autumn 2020, these will provide the skills and knowledge you need to take your creative practice further, (as well as some that might pique your interest), in the following areas:

Technical fundamentals and skills: the core technical competencies and underpinning technologies and processes we rely on: how to document, archive and present your work at its best.
Business and commercial skills: working with clients over a brief; promoting and selling your work; running studio or a creative practice; safeguarding your intellectual property; getting to grips with finances; costing your time effectively.
Theory, research and knowledge exchange: how to talk or write about your own work, including statements for applications; research questions and methods – of particular interest to those interested in theory, and in formal research.
Society, culture and ethics: the social dimensions and contexts of art and design. This covers artistic communities, making work consistent with your values, and examining art and ideas in historical and contemporary contexts.
Presentation and delivery: technical skills in creating presentations, structuring proposals and presenting to an audience. It’s all about communicating – clearly, confidently and effectively.

Many of these workshops are available for enrolment now, with many more coming in the next few months, all designed and delivered by many of our most experienced tutors across the School of Visual Arts. They will enhance your capabilities and support your learning on other courses you are currently studying, and you can sign up for just one, or as many as you like.

Keep checking back as the number of workshops and subject coverage increases. You are certain to find something that will help you.

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  1. Artist talk: Rod Judkins - How do you display your art work to show it at its best
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Great art can look awful if poorly presented. Rod Judkins will explain the process of creating a portfolio for either fine art or design to show your work at its best. The slide talk will provide examples from outstanding portfolios of City Lit students who have applied to foundation courses, degree courses, and MA’s.



    The talk will explain the ideal content needed in a portfolio, such as research, the need for a personal portfolio where you show you are developing your visual language, and presentation skills. In addition, the talk will explain the preparation of both physical and online portfolios.



    This talk will give you an insight into City Lit courses such as Building an Art and Design Portfolio and Art and Design Portfolio Projects. Why not show your work to its best potential!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  2. Artist talk: Lindsay Pickett - Feeling 'Othered'
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lindsay Pickett’s work explores the theme of hybridity, entangling the socio-political issues relating to genetic experimentation with animals and a world of sci-fi fantasy. Half-and-half species become alienated or classified as different to an accompanying herd of animals. Alongside his concerns around animal experimentation, the artist embraces and communicates aspects of the psychological mind-set of these hybrid animals, relating them to ideas of social rejection and absence where being different can cause alienation in the animal and human world.



    For Pickett, painting is a form of self-expression, allowing him to be himself not just as an artist, but also as a person. It gives him a voice to convey current concerns about the behaviour of elements of humanity.



    Often feeling 'othered' in social and work circumstances, Lindsay has found a voice through his animal hybrids which work as a metaphor for his way of 'not belonging'. Otherness is the key here. it should not always be seen as a negative thing, but as something positive and unique.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. Artist talk: Charles Chambers - The unbuilt and the unbuildable: a history of the schemes that got away
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From Piranesi’s renderings of darkly foreboding and fictitious prisons, Boulleé’s gargantuan proposal for Newton’s cenotaph to Archigram’s ‘Walking City’ and Zaha Hadid’s unrealisable dreams; the history of architecture is littered with unbuildable fantasies and the also-rans of architectural competitions. Join Charles Chambers, lecturer in Architectural History and Theory for a stroll through the might-have-beens of an alternative cityscape.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  4. Presenting and exhibiting: curatorial perspectives
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 15 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop is designed to walk you through the various curatorial considerations that factor into presenting an exhibition of your own work, in a more-or-less conventional gallery setting. It covers the broad editorial aspects of working with the space in selecting work and planning layout to present it to best effect, including implications of working within curatorial conventions, (or rejecting them).



    Ensuring a professional standard of exhibiting extends beyond the work itself, into aspects such as: quality and consistency in use of materials; transportation/shipping and storage of work; ensuring use of archival quality materials in presentation, shipping and storage; conventions (or not!) in mounting, framing, hanging, labelling, categorising of work; documenting the exhibition…



    In a wide-ranging workshop, delivered in a discursive format, and drawing on the experience of participants, or directly addressing their questions, you will also consider: ensuring consistently professional standards of delivery through the exhibition, including documentation, signposting, information/displays, visual and informational consistency across rooms/spaces and the exhibition publicity and website; systems for capturing interest and enquiries, press and media, and recording visitors and sales.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  5. Get your artwork out there
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 22 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop will provide you with the understanding and confidence required to create your own opportunities to present your work in the public arena, focusing primarily on the conventional gallery or exhibition space, and with an emphasis on opportunities leading to sales. This can be a daunting process, and it can be hard to know where to begin, or how to present your work. Through group discussion and experience, we will draw on perspectives from across a range of backgrounds and creative practices, and start by interrogating and defining our own work in order ensure the ability make an effective opening pitch or presentation. You will test approaches to presenting your work, with a sympathetic and supportive audience, and develop the ability to communicate clearly and concisely about your practice, and what motivates you. Having provided insights and presented strategies for securing opportunities to present your work, the session will consider practical, organisational and technical considerations that go into preparing, delivering and exhibiting work in an exhibition, and introduces many essential resources and services that you are likely to need.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00

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