Turning creative ideas into money - Sarah Rowles

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Founder of Q-Art London Sarah Rowles speaks about her experiences setting up Q-Art, a forum for visual art and culture students and graduates, which so far has attracted around 2000 members from across London's major art universities. This event took place as part of Enterprise Week 2009 www.arts.ac.uk/enterpriseweek09

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  • Turning creative ideas into money - Sarah Rowles

    1. 1. WWW.Q-ARTLONDON.COM
    2. 2. Byam Shaw Camberwell College of Art Central Saint Martins Chelsea College of Art City and Guilds School of Art Courtauld Institute Goldsmiths Kensington & Chelsea College Kingston University London College of Communication London Met Middlesex University Oxbridge Royal College of Art Royal Academy Schools Slade School of Fine Art University College London University of the Creative Arts University of East London University of Westminster Wimbledon College of Art Foundation BA MA PhD Graduate Everyone!
    3. 3. WHAT WE DO <ul><li>Crits (known as ‘Convenors’) </li></ul><ul><li>Gallery Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Panel Discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Online Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><li>End of Year Exhibitions </li></ul><ul><li>Member-to-Member Networking Events </li></ul>
    4. 4. CONVENORS Borrowing from the crits format used in art schools… <ul><li>6 artists have 25 minutes each for the presentation and discussion of their developing practice </li></ul><ul><li>Places given on first-come first-served basis </li></ul><ul><li>At a different college each month </li></ul>
    5. 5. GALLERY VISITS <ul><li>Opportunities to meet members on a more informal basis and discuss art </li></ul><ul><li>Visits every few months </li></ul>July 5 th 2009 as part of University of the Arts London Alumni Weekend
    6. 6. PANEL DISCUSSIONS ‘ Who Decides the Value of Contemporary Art?’ October 19 th 2009 at Chelsea College of Art Chair: Julian Stallabras (Courtauld) Patricia Bickers (editor art monthly) Wolfe Leinkewicz and Lisa K Samoto (founder and director of T1+2 Gallery) Anne-Sophie Dinant (Curator, South London Gallery) Jane Lee (Head of BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins) Sophie Hope (artist) and Sarah Rowles A focused discussion on a particular question with guest speakers
    7. 7. ONLINE FORUM <ul><li>Continue discussion after the convenor </li></ul><ul><li>Read members’ articles and have your own published </li></ul><ul><li>Add comments </li></ul><ul><li>View members’ exhibition listings </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up to upcoming events </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to our mailing list </li></ul>
    8. 8. END OF YEAR EXHIBITIONS <ul><li>Q-Art mirrors the academic year </li></ul><ul><li>All artists who present work in a convenor throughout the year exhibit in our end of year show </li></ul>July 2 nd - 5 th 2009 at APT Gallery, Deptford
    9. 9. WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM… <ul><li>Common perception that you need a fine art degree to become an institutionally recognised artist </li></ul><ul><li>Realising that the structure of the institution can be mirrored </li></ul><ul><li>Wanting to create a space where anyone from any course can be part of a similar discussion </li></ul>
    10. 10. SO OUR AIMS ARE… <ul><li>To provide an additional and alternative learning environment to the institution </li></ul><ul><li>To break down the barriers and myths set up between various art schools, their departments and levels of study </li></ul><ul><li>To allow a crossing of perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>To provide a place where graduates of these colleges can continue to present and critically discuss work in a familiar, supportive and critical environment, away from market pressures </li></ul>
    11. 11. HOW I BEGAN… <ul><li>Planning in summer 2008, first convenor 17 th November </li></ul><ul><li>Used student loan to set up a website </li></ul><ul><li>Asked colleges to advertise events to students </li></ul><ul><li>Relied on word of mouth </li></ul><ul><li>Support from Goldsmiths’ Business Development Office </li></ul>
    12. 12. 12 GALLERISTS : 20 QUESTIONS <ul><li>Now available from: </li></ul><ul><li>ICA Tate Modern </li></ul><ul><li>Goldsmiths online at </li></ul><ul><li>www.q-artlondon.com and Artwords bookstores </li></ul><ul><li>ISBN Purchased </li></ul>Sold to raise money to fund Q-Art activities
    13. 13. INCOME / FUNDING <ul><li>12 Gallerists : 20 Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Donations at events </li></ul><ul><li>Event ticket sales </li></ul>March 2009: Funding received from LCACE (London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange) for general development July 2009: Funding received from Openvizor for End of Year show
    14. 14. DEVELOPMENT <ul><li>80 people attended first convenor </li></ul><ul><li>We now have 2,000 subscribers </li></ul><ul><li>Press in London Evening Standard and in major art journals Art Monthly and a-n magazine … who herald Q-Art as an ‘…autonomous art school in the making’. </li></ul>
    15. 15. A RISK WORTH TAKING? ... AND SOME THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE
    16. 16. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING! Subscription to Q-Art London is free – just sign up to our mailing list at: www.q-artlondon.com

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