Social media:  my art practice and ArtLinks Cathy Fitzgerald, ArtLinks Member & Director
A year ago, I wasn’t…
using portfolio, ready-made websites, or
blogging…
Using youtube, flickr, facebook, stumbleupon, ning  …
and just over a year & half ago <ul><ul><li>I had started with ArtLinks: working with co. arts officers & arts communities...
my own practice + work for ArtLinks overlap <ul><li>My projects have developed where local people are  </li></ul><ul><li>c...
<ul><li>mix of art, science & green community projects –ideas  > photography, video, installation  </li></ul><ul><li>last ...
Working in the arts <ul><li><5% continue with fine art practice </li></ul><ul><li>How to sustain/develop practice with lim...
online – the answer? <ul><li>Personally, yes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>made me look professional, virtual gallery  </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Online presence something I advocate but you needed the skills, today here reaching to those with basic IT skills ...
An e.g., work in progress <ul><li>did art project highlighting a community, sustainable forestry project in  Leitrim </li>...
My  story <ul><li>In march 08, I put up the intro to the film on youtube (overnight as I had no broadband) </li></ul><ul><...
 
blogs <ul><li>found it to be great place to ‘dump’ ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced/adds to my visual notebook </li></ul><...
portfolio ready-made websites <ul><li>wanted 2 share knowledge of such websites with ArtLinks visual artists </li></ul><ul...
My portfolio ready-made website
for literary types <ul><li>At home, been exploring print on demand books,  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>where you design and uplo...
e.g. Blurb – drag & drop
Personally… <ul><ul><li>Trying different social media, building hands on confidence, awareness of benefits > sharing ArtLi...
Get the community sharing <ul><li>Forum risky? Hasn’t been,  will be more visible soon </li></ul><ul><li>People will be en...
 
ArtLinks future development <ul><li>ArtLinks is still new </li></ul><ul><li>Social media is helping engage younger creativ...
<ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>And big thanks to Podcamp for </li></ul><ul><li>ideas & encouragement </li></ul>
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Cathy describes her initial use of social networking technologies in her own creative practice; template portfolio websites, blogs, youtube, print-on-demand books, knowledge of which she is actively sharing and developing with the ArtLinks community.

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  1. 1. Social media: my art practice and ArtLinks Cathy Fitzgerald, ArtLinks Member & Director
  2. 2. A year ago, I wasn’t…
  3. 3. using portfolio, ready-made websites, or
  4. 4. blogging…
  5. 5. Using youtube, flickr, facebook, stumbleupon, ning …
  6. 6. and just over a year & half ago <ul><ul><li>I had started with ArtLinks: working with co. arts officers & arts communities to promote & develop Arts in SE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to manage/develop a new, regional website </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>design courses for promoting people’s creative development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I had intermediate dreamweaver skills, enjoyed web work, developing membership in voluntary community groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>practising artist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>luckily I turned up at podcamp ireland in 2007 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. my own practice + work for ArtLinks overlap <ul><li>My projects have developed where local people are </li></ul><ul><li>co-authors in creative process </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve been open to recognise sharing ideas/skills is key to creating very rich projects </li></ul><ul><li>One needs to build audience/ communities around ideas/work </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing issue: how to show work , engage/reach wider audience </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>mix of art, science & green community projects –ideas > photography, video, installation </li></ul><ul><li>last 12 years </li></ul><ul><li>with scientists, created art & ecology projects with environmentalists/foresters & communities </li></ul><ul><li>use the emotive power of art to quietly engage / bring attention to community action </li></ul><ul><li>lo-fi skills suit green message </li></ul>my contemporary visual arts practice
  9. 9. Working in the arts <ul><li><5% continue with fine art practice </li></ul><ul><li>How to sustain/develop practice with limited resources </li></ul><ul><li>Work not known </li></ul><ul><li>Coupled with ltd opportunities to show work </li></ul><ul><li>And I moved to rural Carlow! </li></ul>
  10. 10. online – the answer? <ul><li>Personally, yes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>made me look professional, virtual gallery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>no-one knew for instance I was in a mobile home with no studio </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low cost but needed skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>easily consumed lot of creative time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attracted attention of media, curators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bizarre: website lead to feature in Irish Times and interview on national Pat Kenny’s radio show !!! </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Online presence something I advocate but you needed the skills, today here reaching to those with basic IT skills </li></ul><ul><li>but in last few years, things have moved fast </li></ul><ul><li>Gone is the need to have in-depth web skills; my mum at 72, is blogging </li></ul><ul><li>New social features of web 2 env. ideal for anyone working creatively </li></ul>
  12. 12. An e.g., work in progress <ul><li>did art project highlighting a community, sustainable forestry project in Leitrim </li></ul><ul><li>pioneering, funded by Forest Service: 16 sites, over 300 acres planted, </li></ul><ul><li>film and exhibition well received in Leitrim – but I wasn’t completely satisfied.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a model of forestry that could be replicated thruout country, much needed when you think of climate change, sustainable energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even brought it to Cultivate… felt I wasn’t reaching the audience that I wanted </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. My story <ul><li>In march 08, I put up the intro to the film on youtube (overnight as I had no broadband) </li></ul><ul><li>next morning, 2 curators invited me to show work at new Irish you-tube festival in London??!! I went… </li></ul><ul><li>Curators knew Cannes, they lobbied for youtube festival category, guy from Cork got award from Spike Lee!! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My work is now more widely available and tagged to other similar projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peers contact me, motivated me to keep going </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forming blog, offline directory and online ning directory for local forest community to share skills, knowledge, films, photos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>foresters worst communicators in world and forestry is a true Slow Art </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experiment; using own woodland, turning spruce wood into sustainable, close to nature site, fuel for more art projects and my home, can’t think of more impt project to be involved with </li></ul>
  14. 15. blogs <ul><li>found it to be great place to ‘dump’ ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced/adds to my visual notebook </li></ul><ul><li>collect bits on other projects that inspire </li></ul><ul><li>Show ‘work in progress’ </li></ul><ul><li>Creatives: have niche knowledge -fascinating to others, perfect for blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peer support, audience, feedback, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relatively easy, not much more complex than Word </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Help a lot of others put up blogs, my mum, friends with great content, operapage, sculpture, green politics, arts office residency </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing awareness in UK re: benefits blogging for arts & projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Invited ArtLinks member Ken McGuire to give first blogging course for ArtLinks </li></ul>
  15. 16. portfolio ready-made websites <ul><li>wanted 2 share knowledge of such websites with ArtLinks visual artists </li></ul><ul><li>contacted by ex Riverdeep IT manager/turned painter, Padraig McCaul who was keen to teach others, why they shouldn’t bother with web designers </li></ul><ul><li>>>led ArtLinks courses across 5 counties </li></ul>
  16. 17. My portfolio ready-made website
  17. 18. for literary types <ul><li>At home, been exploring print on demand books, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>where you design and upload your content and its is bound and printed for you and made avail. for others to purchase on demand, like Amazon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Huge benefits for amateurs writers, poets to get ‘a book’ published, offer marketing etc, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also great for visual artists/makers etc want to make cheap catalogues </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. e.g. Blurb – drag & drop
  19. 20. Personally… <ul><ul><li>Trying different social media, building hands on confidence, awareness of benefits > sharing ArtLinks community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actively read about this area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ArtLinks community is still forming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current website has been quite static but is undergoing development to keep people engaged, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create a sense of community </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. Get the community sharing <ul><li>Forum risky? Hasn’t been, will be more visible soon </li></ul><ul><li>People will be encouraged to link to their myspace/youtube/ flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Google maps to show studio/course location </li></ul><ul><li>Huge amount of events now loaded, Constant Contact enews </li></ul><ul><li>>>RSS feeds to auto alert community </li></ul><ul><li>Those with blogs, content will go on their profile pages, website will be a conversation of community </li></ul><ul><li>Course content: new wiki type area..podcasts </li></ul>
  21. 23. ArtLinks future development <ul><li>ArtLinks is still new </li></ul><ul><li>Social media is helping engage younger creatives, and older users, George </li></ul><ul><li>Offering considerable opportunities for those with creative work to market, profile their work </li></ul><ul><li>in future want to push the community to share skills in helping others with these technologies e.g members -Nicola Brown, Paul Brennan, Ken McGuire can assist others getting blogs up, see ArtLinks Skill Shop area on their profiles </li></ul>
  22. 24. <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>And big thanks to Podcamp for </li></ul><ul><li>ideas & encouragement </li></ul>

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