In this episode of Out of SPACE’s Care series we are going to be looking closely at the way that artists not only present their work and frame their practice, but also present themselves. By framing I don’t literally mean the frame you put your painting, drawing, print or photograph in (although this is obviously important) but more about how you talk about and present your work to collectors, art professionals, the general public and other artists. Amongst other things we will be looking at studio visits, networking and presenting your practice online.
To discuss their presentation both physical and online, and to give advice on studio visits, we welcome artist and SPACE associate Tobi Alexandra Falade and curator, mentor and coach for creatives Ceri Hand.
Further reading and references from this episode:
- You can see Ceri Hand’s mentoring work here
- Learn more about Tobi Alexandra Falade’s Platform Black organisation on instagram here
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Cathy Lomax is a London-based artist, the founder of Transition Gallery and the editor of Arty and Garageland magazines. She is currently researching the role of makeup and artifice in the creation of the Hollywood female star image for a PhD at Queen Mary University of London. Cathy’s paintings and installations assimilate the seductive imagery of film, fame and fashion, juxtaposing it with personal narratives and the everyday. Her particular interests are femininity, masquerade and the way that popular culture is constructed, consumed and related to. In 2014 Cathy was an Abbey Painting Fellow at The British School at Rome and in 2016 she won The Contemporary British Painting Prize. Her 2017 solo exhibition The Blind Spot is profiled by Matt Price in The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting. Recent exhibitions include Star Bar, Broadway Cinema, Letchworth Garden City (ongoing), The Immaculate Dream, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (2019) and Dear Christine, Vane Gallery, Newcastle (and touring) (2019).
Tobi Alexandra Falade was born in Warri, Nigeria and lives and works in Liverpool and London. She is a visual artist who makes paintings, prints and sculptures that engage in dialogue with diaspora and blackness. Her oil paintings are created by referencing collages and drawings which manipulate photographs of Nigeria taken from her family albums, to explore her British Nigerian identity. Tobi graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2019, and in 2021 was awarded a SPACE Artists Award, The Very Special Fund (a grant by Hennessy in partnership with gal-dem), and the Black Girl Fest Creative Fund. She is also co-founder of Platform Black, which highlights, supports, and provides a community for black creatives through talks, workshops and events that create change.
Ceri Hand is the Founding Director of Artist Mentor which provides mentoring, executive and professional coaching, career support and training to contemporary artists and creative professionals. Ceri originally trained as an artist and has extensive experience of working in the arts and culture sector, with previous key positions including: Director of Programmes, Somerset House, London; Associate Director: Institutions and Public Relations, Simon Lee Gallery, London; Associate Consultant, Contemporary Art Society, London; Director, Ceri Hand Gallery, London/Liverpool. Ceri has curated over 250 exhibitions and events and was a contributing curator to Liverpool Biennial in 2004 and 2006 and Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year in 2008. Ceri is currently on the board of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and is an Independent Member of the Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice Advisory Committee 2020 – 2024.
Out of SPACE is a new podcast series featuring artists from across SPACE’s studios. Artists are in conversation with writers, critics and art professionals, offering a closer look into what happens behind closed studio doors. Out of SPACE is hosted by artist / curator Cathy Lomax. Over the next 8 episodes we will be exploring the theme of care from multiple viewpoints, ranging from artists and parenthood, to caring about the community and about the work itself.
Out of SPACE | Care S1, E1: Art and caring
Out of SPACE | Care S1, E2: TCB (Taking Care of Business)
Out of SPACE | Care S1, E3: The message
Out of SPACE | Care S1, E4: Looking after the art
Out of SPACE | Care S1, E5: Carefree
Out of SPACE | Care S1, E6: Walking the line: between copy and remake