At what point can an artist claim they’re a professional artist?
At what point can an artist claim they’re a professional artist?
Because sometimes, when life gives you lemons, creative people start companies.
“I just wanted to play the saxophone, I just wanted to make music. And then that’s opened doors to other things, like going to see the queen…
“The reason why I’m still insane is because I realise that jazz music is supposed to be about new challenges. Jazz music is creativity.”
Internationally renowned jazz musician, and founder of Creative People Music. Possibly the most impassioned person we’ve ever met. This episode is full of his gorgeous music.
“People have a perception of you as an artist being fluffy-headed, a bit weird and a bit off the wall. It’s as if you can’t be an artist and be a very good project manager, or a very good business person.
“I think I can do all of those things, and I apply my creative ability to every one of those things.”
Artist, illustrator, and Founder and Creative Director of Shoo Fly Publishing. And not afraid to tell it like it is. Trust us.
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration
Hello, Creatives! This one is stolen from the lovely folk at Cuckoo Young Writers, an organisation that exists to develop emerging writing talent in the North of the UK. If you’re interested in writing/journalism, aged 15 – 23, please read on!
(If you’re outside North UK, or outside Cuckoo’s age bracket, there are dozens of opportunities our there, and The Write Life have compiled a handy list of top-notch places to start: 26 Amazing Writing Residencies You Should Apply for This Year.)
“Become a Reviewer in Residence at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) in Sunderland!”
Lungs is an upcoming contemporary art publication based in Sunderland. It exists to catalogue the work of emerging North East artists, and to provide a platform to exhibit to a wider audience.
With a limited print run, the catalogue will be distributed to local galleries, museums and art organisations, to serve as a reference of the innovative creative work happening on our own doorstep.
“I think more than anything, we wanted to show what’s going on around here. Our curating class spent the week in London last month and the culture of the city is so arts focused. Everywhere! You don’t get that here.”
– Angela Wingate, Photographer & Co-Founder of Lungs
“Everyone assumes you have to travel to London for arts and culture but there is some awesome work being created in the North East. We want the galleries and art organisations to know that before they call out to artists down south, see what’s going on right here.
“We want the Lungs catalogue to kind of serve as a reminder… like, ‘Hey, we’re here!’ Hopefully, it will be received well and we will be able make Lungs an annual publication. And we’re really excited.”
A call for artists based in North East UK is now open until 15 April 2016. Submission guidelines can be found at lungsproject.org.
An exhibition of a selected works will coincide with the launch of the first Lungs issue in September 2016. To find out more about the project, you can email the team – firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to help support us, & buy some snazzy stuff in the process? Head over to our RedBubble – clothing, mugs, books, bags galore! We’ll have some new designs on the site soon.
And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration
It’s somewhat ironic that what followed the episode entitled “Never Stop” was an absence of podcasts for an entire month. Let me start with an apology. I’m one-man-band; making this podcast alongside everything else in my life. I’ve started a new semester at the University of Sunderland, where I’m now lecturing three radio/journalism classes, which has taken up a great deal of time & energy. I’m also working for the arts networking organisation ArtWorks-U, making occasional videos for the university, producing four weekly radio broadcasts, and sporadically working on a handful of other projects.
Life is chaotic, unpredictable and hectic… And I love it.
As such, I put 99% Perspiration on the back burner. To my own detriment, as much as yours. It’s not good practice, I know. But. The show must go on.
You can expect weekly episodes from 99% Perspiration once again.
Episode 19 is the very first live special of 99% Perspiration. It was broadcast during Freshers’ Week at the University of Sunderland, where I work as an Academic Tutor of radio. They invited us to create a special, live, one-off programme tailor-made to incoming students – “Making the Most of your Creative Degree”.
A big thanks is in order for Matthew Donnachie and Grant Lowery, who were our sound-designers on the project.
Our guests on Episode 19:
Jill Kirkham is the Programme Leader of Fashion Product & Promotion at the University of Sunderland, and there are tons of opportunities and tips available for fashion students which will be applicable to fashion-conscious listeners.
Lily Clifford is the Learning and Engagement Officer at the National Glass Centre, based in Sunderland. Lily began volunteering at the NGC whilst she studied at the University, and this volunteering experience led her straight into her current role.
Sarah Heseltine is currently a Graduate Intern within the Student Recruitment team at the University of Sunderland. She joined us to give us insight into extra-curricular opportunities at the University; in particular the Student Ambassador scheme which she was involved in.
Sinèad Livingston is a graduate from BA Community Music, in partnership with the Sage Gateshead. She’s currently setting up a musicians’ creative network, and working alongside me on a radio programme called ArtyParti on Spark FM (Wednesdays at 3pm) – and you can hear more from Sinèad on episode 4 of 99% Perspiration.
And Rute Correia, who you can hear more from in Episode 18 of 99% Perspiration, is an incoming student of MA Radio (Production and Management). She previously studied at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal, worked with Nintendo of Europe, and now creates the weekly White Market Podcast and runs creative company Rute’s Loot.
Episode 9 features well-known graphic novel writer Bryan Talbot. His incredible creations include Granville, Brainstorm, the Adventures of Luther Arkwright, and Alice in Sunderland.
Then we go from a heavyweight in the world of graphic novels to one of the foremothers of community radio in the UK; Caroline Mitchell, well-known for setting up Fem FM, a female-only-run radio station in Bristol, and several other community radio stations.
Sometimes, I really wonder just how much is going on that I don’t know about. I feel like one of the human characters in a 21st century Borrowers adaptation. Why?
The Pride of Place Project is a collaborative exhibition between the Caravan Gallery and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, and has been open for anyone to walk in Sunderland since the 3rd of April. For three weeks, it has been sat opposite independent record store Pop Recs, and I had no idea it was there. For three weeks, it has been accumulating work from its bare beginnings when they moved in, and now all the walls are covered in photography, stories and artwork – any artist can send in work and get it on display for anyone who walks in. And in just over a week, it’ll be gone again, as the group head to Bradford to begin the whole process for another few months in a new location.
But this Tuesday (April 22nd), they held an open event which a few artistic types in my networks invited me to. Throughout the three hours of mingling, free wine and snacks, were presentations by several artists, photographers and poets:
Theresa Easton from the Sunderland Book Project – “The point of the Sunderland book project is so people have the freedom to pick up a handmade book and read all about Sunderland, without feeling like you can’t in a stuffy environment”, like a museum for instance. Theresa and her collection of handmade books by various artists travel around Sunderland so as many different people can experience the books as possible. If you’re interested in creating a book, Theresa believes it’s a project anyone can get involved in; “People who contribute books aren’t necessarily book-makers, or even artists.” I’d better not put one in then.
Alex Godchild, possibly the youngest member of the entire room, who warmed the crowd with hilarious limericks between poems. I’d quote one but, you know, intellectual property and all that. – “I don’t know why I started writing poetry, but I did.”
Jill Gibson, talking about her contribution to a recent Australian art and feminism event, Taking Up Space – “I then had the challenge of transporting this 60 metre long tube to Australia… In the end I had this piece which was overtaking the building, and had a life of its own.”
Bob Lawson, who got rather invigorated and opinionated, and was very interesting to watch. – “My painting is not about letting the intellectual get in the way,” he says, shrugging away his artistic MA. And then he uses the word visceral. “You can listen to music or opera and it affects you – it’s visceral. Sometimes it can be the same, just with a bit of paint.”
Helen Schell, who showcased her recent project that involved lighting and livening up Victorian statues across the country – “I think Sunderland needs a big art project that everyone can get their hands on and enjoy”.
Sunderland-based photographer Mark Luck, who is “interested in the juxtaposition between the natural & the man-made, the industrial and the wild.”
And a group of arts students from the 80 Metres Above Sea Level project at the University of Sunderland, an awesome project with a couple dozensof students presenting their work in various locations across the city. Including one that received a few seconds of good laughter from the room – “If anyone wants to see my work, it’s in the toilets in the Bridges!” *
* Sunderland’s Shopping Centre
It’s because of nights like this at the Caravan Gallery that these artists can get their workout. Not only can artists showcase their work, but they’re for enabling artists and creative types to network, get together, discuss projects, and potentially even collaborate.
Once you begin going to events like this, you get used to the faces. That’s the power of networking at local events in action. And if you’ve got a keen interest in pursuing the arts, showing your face and meeting people at gatherings like this are so essential. Projects like this exist. Often, quite surprisingly. I was lucky enough to be invited, to know the right people. Once you’re in, you’re more securely in. If you think there’s nothing in your city, chances are you’re probably mistaken. If you’re interested in art, photography, creative writing; do some research, see what’s on in your nearest city/town/tiny little village hall… And let us know if you find anything that inspires you!
You can (literally) hear more from the Caravan Gallery’s organiser on next week’s 99%Podcast (Mon 2pm on Spark FM, Thu 6:30pm on Hive Radio. I’ll be interviewing them in a few hours, and squeezing out some juicy advice for artistic types who want to get themselves noticed in the arts world!
Until next time…
Stay productive, and stay awesome!