The second annual Conference for Emerging Art Organisers arranged by ALISN (Artists-led Initiative Support Network) took place last Saturday at Goldsmiths University in London, to a packed audience of 180 art professionals and enthusiasts.
Open to anyone involved in an organisational capacity in the emerging arts, the conference was not necessarily exclusively about emerging institutions and had their fair share of attendance by established spaces like the Whitechapel, Serpentine Camden Arts Centre as well as several regional galleries . The topics included, the running of galleries, artist-led spaces, project spaces, pop-up projects, collectives, art publications, art broadcasting, or any other activity engaged in promoting or enabling emerging art.
The world of Emerging Art is large and growing, both quantitatively and geographically. It is brought to life thanks to individuals working hard to organise, promote, publish and broadcast. The focused nature of organising often leaves limited scope to follow the efforts of others and has resulted in a diminished overall sense of community amongst organisers.
The Conference for Emerging Art Organisers is a response to a perceived need for communication and networking for organisers; moreover, in a way that is both concise in time and wide in scope, so that maximum exchange can occur, with the least detraction from organisers’ core activities. The aim of the conference is to provide a networking platform to a diverse set of organisers; to advance cross-awareness; and to germinate collaboration.
The Conference was comprised of two separate panel discussions, led by a moderator and with full audience participation. All attendees were encouraged to prepare a contribution based on this year’s discussion topics. There will be informal networking opportunities between and after.
ANEL 1 ‘Successful Public Relations and Marketing Strategies’
Anne-Marie Watson, Exhibitions Programmer at Camden Arts Centre
James Payne, Director of PayneShurvell
Paul Carey-Kent, Art Writer
Paul Carter Robinson, Editor of ArtLyst
PANEL 2 ‘Real-Life Solutions to Financial Viability’
Julia Alvarez, Director of Bearspace, and South London Art Map
Robert Soning, COO of Londonewcastle and architect of the Londonewcastle Arts Programme
Victoria Browne Founder of KALEID editions
Will Lunn, Director of Sumarria Lunn