Artistic networks are important; they nurture and support, they create an environment to stimulate ideas and develop practice. But not all networks are equal; the good ones push and challenge you, they keep you on your creative toes and help you stay brave, and the very best make you feel just a bit lucky to be thought good enough to be part of them.
The Crafts Council has been a fantastic provider of professional development for makers and creative businesses. Several years ago I was delighted when they invited me to be a mentor as part of their Hothouse scheme. As well as the obvious role of offering support to an emerging maker it’s a chance to pause and to think about one’s own practice. It’s definitely a two-way relationship and genuinely rewarding for both parties.
Earlier this year our team of makers got together to organise this exhibition to celebrate artistic networks. 5 makers, 5 mentors. Haptic/tacit is on at the Leyden Gallery in London before moving to Oxford.
Catch the website here.
Flyer by my buddy, lettercarver Thomas Appleton