On this page, you will find our latest news and new questions from our ‘Question?’ feature.
I’m looking for good websites or social media accounts to help with research. Can anyone suggest anything?
We posted this question on our Instagram on 10th June 2022, here are the answers offered by our followers:
We are over the moon TERM art classes has been nominated for a Marsh Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Engagement! With mega thanks to @WiganSTEAM for the kind nomination!
We are feeling incredibly excited, proud and pleased to have received recognition for our classes! We wouldn’t have kept up the hard work without all of YOUR support and creative participation over the years. We are super lucky to have you as a part of our journey as a free-spirited and open little art school.
ANNOUNCEMENT – We’ve got such an exciting line up of artists for practical art history over the next 4 weeks and a new way to take part.
You can join Klaire Doyle live on Sunday mornings 11am – 12.30pm to learn and create and we NOW offer recordings of the sessions so you can watch at a time convenient for you.
Buy your tickets as normal and drop us an email to request recording!
6th Nov – Louise Bourgeois
13th Nov – Anish Kapoor
20th Nov – Bharti Kher
27th Nov – S. H. Raza
Consilience (an online journal) are inviting SciArt submissions inspired by the topic ‘Emergence’, uniting scientific research & visual arts
Deadline: Monday 2nd May
More information: https://www.consilience-journal.com/conciliarte
Any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an artist or arts professional, we need your help!
Liz is seeking to set up a quick and easy way for artists to receive professional feedback about their art, work processes and to learn how to develop their artists practice. Artists will be able to submit art to be critiqued and request help with their artistic development.
We are looking for artists/arts professionals to become ‘Art Feedback volunteers’ to help in the process. You will be contacted by Liz when a new request is received and asked to provide constructive and fair feedback. In return, we will feature you on the website and across our social media platforms.
I would really like to hear from artists who are also on benefits – specifically, disability benefits. How do you make it work? How do you develop your practice when you can’t physically do the amount of work required to support yourself as a “professional” artist? I’m honestly at an impasse. I can’t invest in my practice because I’m skint. I can’t apply for grants because they could mess up my benefits. I can’t manage paid employment. I’m just… stuck. How are other disabled artists making this work?
We posted this question on our Instagram on 21st February 2022, here are the answers offered by our followers:
- I’m on benefits and personally I feel like I’m in a Kafka novel, as someone who is from a closed of society and a working class background, I hate to let people down I absolutely hate it. I want to provide for my family.
- You can earn under £130 (I think that amount, may be £140) a week without it affecting Employment and Support Allowance, and I think Universal Credit, but you have to inform them. Earnings don’t affect Personal Independence Payment.
Our first question of 2022! A few open calls are asking for proof of insurance when you apply! Can I get some advise on artists liability insurance, where to get it / tips / tricks and any other advice?
We posted this question on our Instagram on 19th January 2022, here are the answers offered by our followers:
- @axisweb membership provides liability insurance & are fantastic at other artist support. Can’t recommend them enough! ✨
2. So of course, I have to recommend @axisweb 😁
3. Good question! I hear good things about @axisweb and @anartistsinfo 👍 I think I could do with some info myself on memberships and who offers good support for artists! 🤔 Not sure what other artists think?
4. Seconding the Axisweb suggestion, Axisweb Membership information for specific insurance deets – included with Axisweb Network Associate Membership currently £25 per year or £2.50 per month.
I need inspiration! Please help me out by giving me a theme to work on. It would be great to challenge myself with things I don’t normally work on.
We posted this question on our Instagram on 3rd December 2021, here are the answers offered by our followers:
- The thing that has puzzled you or made you most angry this week.
- Join TERM art classes – either Wednesday life drawing or Thursday Art History for inspiration and new ideas 💡❤️🙌
If the last decade of studio work was more about doing the work and not about getting feedback on it; how should I think about getting letters of recommendation to apply to grad school?
We posted this question on our Instagram on 26th November 2021, here are the answers offered by our followers:
- Could you ask small galleries, curators and even past tutors or artist friends to look at your portfolio and write you recommendations from that perspective. Also look to show your work by applying to some spaces on open calls and then you can quickly build relationships with some galleries/curators that you can ask for recommendations.
- Like a job reference/referee. Find someone who knows your work, will write positively about it/you, and who has some professional profile/reputation within the field.
What tips are there to help keep your art feeling fresh and new?
We posted this question on our Instagram on 1st October 2021, here are the answers offered by our followers:
- I think this is a hard question to answer! I’m not sure it needs to be fresh and new. I suppose it depends on the art work you are making. I stick with a theme and tend not to move too far away from it although I use a plethora of techniques and media. I think finding a comfortable theme (that I also love) has helped me to develop my work.
- Having an over active , strong imagination. Fantasy of alien world’s. strong surrealistic concept’s. Thinking about my Art often keeps me awake at night and I end up painting in the middle of the night. Often I’m Exhausted by day. But nobody said the life of an Artist is an easy one; live to paint & paint to live.
- Experiment with new techniques and technologies (even if you aren’t making work you’d show, just making tests). Read more around themes you are interested in for extra inspiration. Then bring these new ideas back to your core interests and themes to build on and push your practise.
- Try new methods and materials in workshops.
- Keep reading.
- Keep a sketchbook.
- Use a material or style you haven’t used before. Step out of your comfort zone.
- Visit a new place and take photos, document what you find.
- Set small challenges / write a selection of themes or topics and pick one out at random.