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Dodge The Shredder

Running Time: 10am -1 pm, Thursday 6 & 13 May
Price: £10

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About this event

Dodge The Shredder is a workshop designed and led by Emilia Telese aimed at improving artists' knowledge of art world dynamics and minimising failure when fundraising for art projects and approaching galleries. DTS includes tried and tested theory and hands-on practical exercises to provide tools for working independently as a professional artist. The seminar is borne out of the view that artists are professionals and should be treated as such by society, whilst themselves holding knowledge in practical matters such as rates of pay, fundraising for their practice, marketing, proposal writing and effective networking and interaction with the art world.

Dodge The Shredder will :

·      Provide an outline on art world funding structures in the UK and beyond, including public funding, private sponsorship, crowdfunding and philanthropy systems

·          Provide fundraising and project budgeting training for artists

·          Explore the dynamics of the art world

·          Explore and develop individual artists' work strategies and promotion skills

·          Introduce professionally related issues such as intellectual property, publishing, writing, rates of pay, arts management, copyright, finance and budgeting, self-resilience and        

·          sustainability. 

·          Provide feedback on participants' approach and writing skills when approaching galleries and fundraising for projects.

Who is it for? Any creative or artist living or working in the London Borough of Hounslow

How should you prepare? The workshops have practical exercises - please see below for details.


6 May - Dodge The Shredder workshop part 1

Proposal writing techniques & budgeting for arts projects

How to write artists’ statements and project proposals for galleries – how and when to approach galleries – managing writing for artists – how to write a project budget for an exhibition

Practical exercise: This session will include a hands-on exercise in which participants can bring a funding application for a current or past project and read it out loud to the other participants. The participants who bring an application will receive personalised feedback. 


13 May - Dodge The Shredder workshop part 2

The artist as a professional - how to create an income for your practice - how to minimise fundraising failure and risk

The concept of artists as professionals - different kinds of art scenes (public, commercial, academic) and different ways to interact with them; the place of artists in society; introduction to the dynamics of the art world. How to manage your career; how to create a workflow of funded projects to generate a living; how to deal with institutions an collaborators; copyright issues; creating a self-employed practice; minimising risk; calculating your rate of pay – practice sustainability –

Practical exercise: This session will include an exercise to identify the elements of participants' projects, with all parts of an art project explained. 

About the workshop facilitator:

Dr Emilia Telese is an artist based in Reykjavík, the UK and Europe. Born in Italy 1973, she graduated In Painting from Fine Arts Academy in Florence in 1996. She has exhibited worldwide since 1994, including in the New Forest Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy), the Musée du Louvre (Paris, France), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), Chashama (New York City, USA), Centro Cultural Telemar (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil), Manege (St Petersburg, Russia), Leeds City Gallery, ArtSway(New Forest, UK) and the Freud Museum (London UK). Her work has been presented at major events at Tate Britain, Royal Festival Hall, and her practice includes socially engaged practice, interactive and body-responsive technology, film and live art, installation, literature and public art. Often site specific, Telese’s work deals with conscious engagement, political and social debate, non-verbal communication and the questioning and deconstruction of behaviour.

She is a lecturer specialising in the relationship between art, economics and professional practice, and has organised professional practice modules and lectures at more than ten UK and  European art institutions such as University of the Arts London, Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal College of Art, Brighton University, University of Maastricht, Iceland Academy of  of the Arts, Cittadellarte / Fondazione Pistoletto Biella. She was on the Arts Council England Regional Council until 2013. She has led UK nationwide debate events about art, politics and social engagements. She is currently an AHRC award PhD researcher in Social Science at the University of Loughborough, with a Collaborative Doctorate Award research project  which looks at the idea of the professional life and livelihood of artists in the UK 1980 - 2010. 

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