Who are publicly funded arts organisations for? What function do they perform? How do they impact on art making? Who decides what is worthwhile and how?
Chelsea Conversations re-launches the Chelsea Programme with a series of events exploring the way in which institutions and arts organisations shape the landscape for visual artists, curators and other arts practitioners.
Art Schools & the Market, Wed 13 Feb 2008 (6 - 7.30pm)
What is to be made of arts education’s increased interaction with the market? Is it a problematic development or a sign of the times?
A panel including JJ Charlesworth (writer and critic), Susan Kelly (artist, writer and lecturer in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London), Lisa Lefeuvre (writer, critic, Curator, National Maritime Museum) and David Harding (artist, writer, founder of 'Environmental Art’ course, Glasgow School of Art) discuss
Black History Month & the Arts, Wed 20 Feb 2008 (6 - 7.30pm)
What impact does BHM have on arts funding, programming, and the provision of year- round opportunities for artists from ethnic minority backgrounds?
Chaired by playwright, critic and Newsnight Review panellist Bonnie Greer, this panel includes Samenua Sesher, (decibel, Arts Council England) and Raimi Gbadamosi (artist, curator, writer)
Art Writing, Tue 4 Mar 2008 (6 - 7.30pm)
Why write about art? Who writes about art? What's the difference between art criticism and art writing? Has the blogger killed the critic?
Chaired by JJ Charlesworth, (Reviews Editor of Art Review magazine), the state of contemporary art writing is discussed by Amanda Beech (artist, writer, curator and Director of MA Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice, Chelsea), Mark Wilsher (artist, curator and regular contributor to Art Monthly) and Rosemary Shirley (online editor, a-n Interface)
Curatorial Independence, Thu 20 Mar 2008 (6 - 7.30pm)
What does 'curatorial independence’ mean? Is it ever possible within the public sector? What strategies do curators employ to maintain / claim their independence?
Panellists including Kwong Lee, (Director Castlefield Gallery), Andy Hunt (Independent curator), Jen Wu (Temporary Contemporary and Inspire curatorial fellow, ICA) and Donald Smith, (Director of Chelsea Space) explore the issues, in a conversation chaired by Teresa Gleadowe.
All discussions will be taking place in the Banqueting Hall, Main Building, Chelsea College of Art & Design.
Places for all events are free, but need to be booked in advance. For bookings, please contact Sonya Dyer, Events Co-ordinator via - firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7514 7948 - clearly stating the event/s you are interested in.