“Even When You Get Rejected”

At what point can an artist claim they’re a professional artist?

Victoria McDermott and Rebecca Gavigan fine artists

Continue reading ““Even When You Get Rejected””

Advertisements

Adventurous Artsy Anecdotes

Week 1: Newcastle to Belgrade

I’m Alanna and I’m originally from Newcastle.

I am currently pursuing an artsy nomadic academic lifestyle; two weeks ago I was living in Dublin and now I live in Belgrade, Serbia.

 

12936728_10153292572946841_2101682600301733052_n

Here’s opinionated me exploring Belgrade. 

I’m a part of the last cohort of the International Performance Research Masters run by the University of Warwick, Trinity College Dublin and the University of the Arts Belgrade. In short, I study performing arts – academically, artistically, practically, and also from a curatorial perspective. Over the past 8 months, I’ve been inspired by so many wonderful artists, academics and amusing encounters along the way. I decided to start this blog to share experiences of my last semester here in Belgrade, which will be my home for the next three months before embarking upon my dissertation project.

Continue reading “Adventurous Artsy Anecdotes”

Lungs – A Call to North East Artists

12837600_10154650097535031_2062245375_o

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.

Photographer Angela Wingate is one of a team of three bringing “Lungs” together.  We asked her why this project is so important to her:

Angela Wingate Photography

“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.

62f2b5_4ce67c1b2f284b67835150f097358bfa(1)“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 – lungs.project@gmail.com

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.

nyf-gold-award-jay-sykes-circle-crop1And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

99% Extra – Funding Applications

Jan Williams from the Caravan Gallery is no stranger to funding applications. The whole reason she and partner Chris are able to travel the country bringing community-based art to locations across England is because of funding from the Arts Council.

So I wanted to ask Jan more about funding, and what advice she has to pass on, to make that funding application go more smoothly.

Until next time…

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay