Professional practice: get your artwork out there

Course Dates: 23/08/20
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online

This short workshop looks at how to go about getting your work to an audience. Students will bring some examples of their recent work – digital or in its physical form, for discussion for the purposes of writing a personal statement and seeking exhibiton opportunities. We will discuss your work in the context of contemporary art, look at applying for competitions, open exhibitions and residencies, networking, social media, finding exhibition spaces and marketing your work. This course will give you tips, know-how and confidence.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

We will look at searching for and applying for residencies and exhibition spaces. We will look at how to write about your work and make the most of your CV. You will gain tips and guidance on how to market your work and develop networks with other artists. This course will look into the best places to start researching avenues for getting your work out there.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Discussion of examples of your previous work
- Making a residency application
- Making a proposal for an exhibition
- How to write an artists' statement for promotion purposes
-How to form networks and artists communities including use of social media platforms.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Search for and apply for residencies and exhibitions that will help benefit your specific artistic practice.
- Discuss your work and the work of others in the context of contemporary art and ideas for group show
- Plan to write your own artist’s statement.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for those who have started to build an independent art practice and are ready to seek exhibition opportunities.
Group discussion and sharing of experience will be central to this course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This intensive one day course will involve sharing ideas and experiences, group discussions and brief exercises. Group participation will be key to getting the most out of this course..

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring examples of your recent work (approximately 3 – 6). If possible bring your work so we can see it “in the real”, or else digital examples uploaded to an online platform or a USB stick will be good. It would also be useful to bring a short statement about your work.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
Benjamin Senior

Benjamin Senior is a London-based professional artist and teacher specialising in painting and drawing and colour. His teaching practice is driven by his extensive research in to the practical history of painting, often focusing on techniques of the past such as egg tempera and Old Master methods of painting. In his painting practice Benjamin Senior has exhibited nationally and internationally since graduating from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2010, opening exhibitions in New York, Milan, Zurich, and Dubai including the Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition Slow Painting (2019-20). In 2016 he was one of the official printmaking artists of Team GB during the Rio Olympic Games. Committed to bringing an accessible and enlivening approach to painting tuition, teaches in institutions across London including Dulwich Picture Gallery, UAL Camberwell College of Arts, Working Men’s College and City Lit.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VP102

Sun, day, 23 Aug - 23 Aug '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £49.00
Concession: £49.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

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