29 AUGUST: Practising the Arts

Skills, Strategies and Insights

"There's traditionally been a large disconnection in contemporary art between the audience and the artist.  Generally audiences are looking towards what they like, and I can tell you, that's the last thing on an artist's mind." - James Turrell

The internet abounds with websites that tell you anyone with artistic talent can become a professional artist and with a bit of luck, a great success.  But what is the reality of being an artist in Australia today?

This panel will explore what it takes to successfully practise the arts.  With the insights of artists, curators and gallerists we will examine what professional and personal skills arts practitioners need to further their careers and connect with their audience.  The panel will explore questions such as: what are gallerists seeking when the take on new artists?  How do art curators choose additions for their exhibitions or collections? What is the value and process of applying for arts prizes and how can you increase your chances of success?  What other avenues of funding and support are available in the arts? Where and how can you establish an effective studio practice?   How do you overcome isolation and build an artistic and professional community?

Panellists for this event will be painter and 2018 Archibald Prize winner Yvette Coppersmith, artist and Heide Museum Curator Brooke Babbington, and director of the gallery Sarah Scout Presents and founder of Spring 1883 Art Fair Vikki McInnes. Convened by CoVA Graduate Academy member Belinda Scerri.

The panellists will provide valuable insights into professional artistic practice and the world of commercial and public galleries, arts prizes and arts practice as well as allied and alternative paths.

This event is presented in partnership with the Centre of Visual Art, the Melbourne University Faculty of Art, School of Culture and Communication, and the support of Buxton Contemporary.

Registration is essential for this free event.

Inquiries:  Belinda Scerri, bscerri@student.unimelb.edu.au

This is a companion event to "Researching the Arts" - a CoVA panel discussion which occurred on Thursday 1st August from 3-4.30pm, also at Buxton contemporary.