Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Every month we invite a Guest Editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. Chosen from the activities listed in our events pages they select highlights from across the region.
This April we welcome Sara Bowler, artist and Administrative Director, ALIAS:
alias (the Artist-led Information Advisory Service) is a platform built by artists for artists for the development of artist-led groups in South West England. We nurture artist-led activity by providing a critical context, resources and advice through peer-to-peer mentoring, fostering an organic community where cooperative and collaborative projects can thrive. Started in 1999 as a pilot scheme by Arts Council South West to support the professional development of visual artists, the initial research resulted in an advisory service for artist-led groups, steered for 8 years by a diverse group of artists from across the region. In 2007, the scheme grew into an independent CIC (Community Interest Company), refreshing the original aims and adopting a new organisational structure. Today, alias continues to offer tailored advisory services to artist-led groups supplemented by seminars, workshops and Artists’ Hubs where the emphasis is on sharing knowledge and experience through practice.
During 2013 and following a Grants for the Arts award from Arts Council England, alias appointed new Directors and Advisors to deliver a programme of initiatives designed to support artist-led practice. Sara Bowler was appointed as Administrative Director, joined later in the year by new Directors, Paula Orrell and Sovay Berriman who had previously been Advsiors. New Advisors include Alex Murdin, Lucy Drane, Jane Porter and Paul Harper. The organisation is currently waiting to hear the outcome of its latest GfA application which will enable it to develop a new programme based on a robust and sustainable business plan. Key to this will be the launch of a new interactive website. So watch this space - we should hear in June!
Sara Bowler is an artist who has developed a parallel career in arts management over the last 25 years. She sees herself as a poacher turned gamekeeper turned poacher! This insight into the machinations of the artworld help her to understand how things work which transfers into her work at alias and as an independent artist.
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