“Completely inspiring two days […] I feel energised and excited about my own paths.” Participant
Last week saw the first 2 days of Advancing Artists in Surrey: Working In A Social Context. Sixteen established Surrey-based artists (of a multitude of disciplines) came together to discuss and discover the world of creating art in social contexts. The course was guided by arts consultant and creative director Chris Fogg who created a warm and engaging atmosphere.
On day 1, there were sessions lead by guest speakers Maya Twardzicki, the Public Health Lead for Surrey County Council; Diane Amans, an Independent Performing Arts Professional who works predominantly with movement and older people; and Lucy Cash, an Artist and Moving-Image Maker.
Day 2 began with a practical demonstration with Digital Media Artist Richard Tomlinson and his ‘carrot piano’. Caroline Barnes, a Hospital Art Coordinator in Yeovil, and Viv Gordon, Artistic Director, Independent Artist and advocate of mental health awareness, demonstrated very different approaches to working with health and wellbeing. Ali Clarke, of Surrey Hills Arts, finished day 2 with a session about her experiences of commissioning and receiving proposals.
The participants got the opportunity to meet representatives of Watts Gallery, Ruth Williams, and Prospero Theatre’s Artistic Director Beth Wood, whose contributions as Surrey-based organisations were valued greatly.
The final day of the course will take place in June and will be a chance for the artists to reflect on their learning and network with local arts organisations.
Advancing Artists in Surrey was delivered by Arts Partnership Surrey and Farnham Maltings.