Panel discussions featuring artists and creative professionals
Live performance in the gallery: enhancing or distracting?
This conversation will bring together three perspectives to discuss the relevance of live performance in the gallery and the contribution of such ‘intangible heritage’ as dance and music to the visitor’s experience.
The panellists (Dr Alexandra Gerstein, the Courtauld Gallery’s curator of sculpture and decorative arts; the choreographer Shobaha Jeyasingh and the academic Dr Charlotte de Mille) will draw on their recent collaboration on the exhibition Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement, for which a dance piece was specially commissioned and performed in front a live audience in the gallery.
How are changes to art education affecting artists' practices?
An open conversation featuring artists, representatives from alternative art schools, gallery educators and education experts.
Join the conversation to explore the challenges and possibilities facing emerging artists as they navigate high fees and housing costs, a reduction in school visits to galleries, and the downgrading of the arts in the National Curriculum.
Moderated by Russell Martin (Artist and Director, Artquest, UAL)
Russell’s areas of expertise include: peer mentoring projects; artist-led spaces; education and community projects; funding applications and general presentation skills; artists networks; negotiation.
Jane Sillis (Director, engage, National Association for Gallery Education)
Jane has been Director of engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, since 2005. Jane has worked in the arts, principally with audiences new to mainstream culture, since the 1980s. Jane has published and spoken internationally on visual arts education.
Paul Maheke (Artist and 2015-16 Associate at Open School East)
Paul lives and works in London. He completed a MA in Art Practice at l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy in 2011 and a programme of study at Open School East, London in 2015 where he pursued a period of research and a series of public conversations entitled ‘Beyond Beyoncé: Use It Like a Bumper!’. Paul was awarded the South London Gallery Graduate Residency 2015-16.
Emma Edmondson (TOMA, Metal)
Emma is an artist and the founder of alternative art programme The Other MA (TOMA) based at Metal, Southend-on-Sea. She graduated from Byam Shaw in 2011, a space that greatly inﬂuenced her setting up TOMA.
Kathryn Welford (Formal Learning Coordinator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park)
Kathryn has worked in gallery education most of her career. Previous roles include Manchester/Salford Area Coordinator for Creative Partnerships, the Labour Government’s flagship schools and cultural learning partnership programme; and Widening Participation Manager for the School of Arts and New Media, University of Hull. She is a qualified Primary School teacher.
Sadie Edginton (Artist and member of AltMFA)
Sadie has been a member of AltMFA since 2013 and is currently studying at the Royal College of Art on new Public Sphere pathway as part of the Contemporary Art Practice MA. Her practice is exploring politics and participation through the workshop format. She is working on The Saatchi Gallery Start Programme in secondary schools this year.
Alt MFA is an Alternative Master of Fine Art course established in 2010, for artists, by artists, as a free alternative to attending a costly university-based Masters programme in London.
Nathania Hartley (Artist and member of AltMFA)
Coming from a low income (but highly supportive) background, Nathania has navigated herself through the educational system to degree level. She supports her artistic practice both financially and motivationally by working front of house at a large arts centre. She is still on a continuous path of learning through self education and, since 2015, as an active member of AltMFA.
Alan Magee (Artist and lecturer, UAL)
Alan’s practice addresses issues that arise from the politics of power, labour and control. He exhibits regularly between Ireland and the UK, and is currently a lecturer at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. Alan also teaches on alt foundation courses (Fine Art) and on the Painting BA in Wimbledon college of art.