Saturday 01 October 2016 – Sunday 01 October 2017
Regional Development Coordinator, Visual Arts South West
Through our initial investigations and research of the visual arts sector in the South West, we quickly recognised the incredible talent and ambition of artists living and working in the region, but also the difficulty for those practitioners in tapping in to the art market. Our research suggested that practitioners in the region often lacked an advanced understanding of how the art market works, and their place within it. In the first phase of our 'economy' strand of the programme we developed and delivered a series of talks and workshops for practitioners to develop a better knowledge and understanding of the contemporary art marketplace. Insightful presentations were delivered from artists such as Paul Harrison, Alistair Gentry and art market experts such as Paul Hobson (former Director of Contemporary Art Society) and Simon Morrissey (Director, WORKS|PROJECTS) across three venues in the South West.
Forming a partnership with Simon Morrissey, Director, WORKS|PROJECTS was a crucial next step in developing a mechanism for practitioners to gain a working insight into how the marketplace operates; he held the knowledge, understanding, networks and contacts that a publicly-funded organisation could not provide. Simon works with artists, buyers and dealers on a day-to-day basis as one of very few internationally recognised gallerists operating from the South West and was able to act as a guide and a conduit in which the selected artists from the South West could develop their practice, professionalism and understanding of their place, or potential within the market.
Simon's continued generosity to the artists and the programme as a whole has been a testament to his passion and commitment to supporting the development of contemporary art in the region, and it is wonderful to hear of the successes that the selected artists have already achieved since taking part in the Regional Interference programme.
We hope you enjoy finding out more about the programme and the artists experiences in this feature.
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network