NEW BLOG POST: Learning, Mentoring and Psychology: food for thought for the peer crit.
The three above approaches all provide different ways of thinking about the peer crit, and for this post I will consider one point we can take from each.
Over the last couple of months I have met some interesting people, and have taken part in some interesting courses that are not specifically for or on peer crits, but I feel can inform the practice: a Youth Mentoring Course; Introduction to Teaching Adults and last but by no means least I spoke to psychologist Jen Rolfe, co-director of Practically Positive.
Two interesting and stimulating peer crits this April, the most recent one was at Bow Arts Bermondsey Studios.
Once again a theme emerged; all the presenters had photography back grounds. Through their presentations, we examined the experience of looking. We started at the very real with docu videos that commented and danced around the corporate structures we work within. We then looked at the construction of memory, it’s narratives, tricks and textures. The final presentation took us to the key for visual perception- an examination of light , and its own textures, structures and illusions. Thanks to all who took part, showed their work and for the generous comments from the participants.
Lots of exciting things happening, looking forward to running peer crit groups in other locations around the UK. More details to come soon on the ’When&Where’ page.
The next crit group will be in May at Bow Arts, Bow Road. Currently deciding on a good date- if you have a preference do get in touch!
Creativity is the locus of growth. And things that are growing are necessarily underdeveloped and vulnerable. One must be careful not to trample on them.
Engine ChatChat on 19 March
Great Engine ChatChat on Tuesday night, thank you to those who came.
It was a friendly and engaged group with a lovely atmosphere. We had three presenters and two of them have websites (below).
Often there are (unplanned) themes running through the evening. Very briefly, one of the themes on Tuesday was the female. Juno Calypso’s work looked at women in todays context and the Karen Leroy Harris looks at women in history, enjoy!
Peer crits kick off next week, 19 March
It is a chance to meet with fellow artists. It is a place you can share concerns, ideas, and get peer feedback on your work.
Remember to book here: http://nunnerygallery-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/
Engine ChatChat - on Bow Arts Eventbrite!
This year, bookings will be via eventbrite. The first two Engine ChatChats this year are on The Bow Arts page! These sessions are supported by Bow Arts, providing an affordable opportunity for artists to lead and share professional development amongst their peers.
Other Engine ChatChats at different venues will be announced through out the year, so do join my mailing list by emailing events(at)elizabethmurton.co.uk to keep up to date.
19 March 2013 - Bow Arts, Bow Road
17 April 2013- Bow Arts, Bermondsey
I look forward to seeing you there!
Bow Arts dates 2013- for your diary!
Next week is the final Engine ChatChat for 2012 and it has been a great year. Thanks to all those who have taken part. There has been diverse and interesting range of artwork presented from video, print, textile, sculpture, installation and much more. Too many varied topics covered in our discussions to write here, but a snap shot includes: memory in cloth, re-interpreting the figure in formal sculpture, to geometry and illusion in paint.
This will continue in 2013 with more artists, venues and conversation. I am delighted to announce the 2013 quarterly dates for Engine ChatChat at Bow Arts, London are below followed by the address. It is open to all artists, not just those based at Bow Arts.
Get some constructive feedback on your ideas, work in progress, or finished pieces.
Come and meet other artists, discuss your own work, and theirs.
Wednesday 5 December 2012 6.30 -8.30pm
at Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts I am delighted to announce that there will be quarterly sessions at Bow Arts Trust, London.
Engine ChatChat Dates for 2013 at Bow Arts:
March - Tuesday 19 2013 @ Bow Arts
April - 2013 @Bow Arts
May - 2013 @Bow Arts
September - @Bow Arts
November- @Bow Arts
(exact dates tbc please subscribe to my mailing list to keep upto date events(at)elizabethmurton.co.uk)
Bow Arts Nunnery Gallery, Carmilite Cafe, 181 Bow Road, E3 2SJ http://www.bowarts.org/nunnery/visit-nunnery
The peer crit has the potential to be a learning tool for the people responding, as much as the people presenting. It is about asking the right questions that help the presenter engage with their work, and move it forward. You need to question your questions…
I am delighted to announce that Engine ChatChat peer crit for artsits will now run quarterly from 5 December at Bow Arts as well as at other venues.
CLICK ON WHEN & WHERE (top of the page) for 2012 Autumn dates
All are welcome to attend the peer critiques, including self-taught artists, graduates, post-graduates, students, based anywhere in the world. Just email to book, as places are limited.