How to work as an artist in the UK?

Posted on 4 June 2014

Castlefield Gallery’s director, Kwong Lee is delighted to have been invited to speak at the upcoming symposium How to work as an artist in the UK? organised by Standpoint, London on Monday 23 June 2014.

The symposium intends to engage artists, art professionals and students who are keen to explore career development and support structures.  It will respond to the geographical and economical constraints of contemporary art production, and directly addresses the current climate of art practice within different regions across England, Scotland and Wales. The day long symposium will bring together key thinkers and practitioners to discuss this pertinent subject, Mapping Art Practice will consider not just the money but the overall ecology of visual art practice – including the support structures artists make for themselves, and the institutions they interact with.


Questions our panels will address:
1.  London versus the UK artworld: how do we differ, compete and interact?
2.  ART-DIY: What do artist-led / artist-focused organisations and initiatives achieve?
3.  NETWORK WORTH: How artists can benefit / be restricted by their work with institutions

Confirmed speakers include:

David Powell – researcher and co-author of recently published PLACE Report and Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital

Ellen Mara De Wachter – independent writer and curator, currently Curator, Public Collection Development at Contemporary Arts Society

Cheryl Jones – director of Grand Union, Birmingham

Anthony Gross – artist and founding director of Enclave, London; and previouslyTemporaryContemporary

Dr Megan Wakefield – recently completed a PhD researching peer learning amongst artists outside of formal educational systems, Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol

Laura Reevesartist based in Swansea

Kwong Lee – director of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Mary Vettiseartist and co-founder of Artists’ Union England

Pippa Koszerekartist, is a-n staff member of AIR Council leaders of the a-n & AIR Paying Artists Campaign

Anthony Schragartist based in Edinburgh, working internationally in socially engaged practice

Teresa Gleadowe – curator and writer, director of The Cornwall Workshop

Dr David Crossartist based in London, senior lecturer at Chelsea College of Art

David Hoyland – director of Seventeen Gallery, London

Russell Martinartist, programme manager of Artquest and co-founder of Rational Rec

Paul Moss – director of Workplace Gallery


Tickets are on sale now from Eventbrite: MAP Tickets

£20 full price, £10 students with ID

(tickets include lunch and all booking fees)

Venue addresses

Standpoint: 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD

Shoreditch Town Hall: 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT