Sheffield City of Makers

Artists Professional Practice Course

Posted on 26.10.2018

Conference Room 2, Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BS
9 – 12 / Saturdays 12th, 19th and 26th January and 2nd, 9th and 16th February
£30  / Places are limited – Book here

This is a six week course, which will be delivered by Mir Jansen and a range of expert guest speakers.  Sessions will cover aspects of building a professional arts practice and will include:
• Introduction to Professional Practice
• Presenting You, Your Work, Your Context
• Reaching and Keeping your Audience/Client
• Money Matters – Funders, Sponsors and the joys of Crowdfunding
• Managing Projects and Practice …. how to stay on top & in control

Apart from listening and engaging with guest speakers, the course will also consist of different reflective exercises to help you gain a greater understanding of yourself, your creative practice and its future potential for development.


Course Details

Week 1: 12th January
Me, My Work, My Context – an introduction to developing your business with guest speaker Geo Law.  Geo is a freelance illustrator with a varied practice and many strings to his bow.  He has been invited to talk about how he developed his creative practice over the last 10 years and will also talk about licencing artworks as his work has been used by big brands in marketing campaigns and products.

Week 2: 19th January
How to attract, keep and grow your audience/clients (part 1) with guest speaker Trisha Cooper. Trisha is an English radio trainer, producer and broadcaster specialising in European classical music, theatre and the arts.  She broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio and Television As well as giving you an understanding of the role of a producer, Trisha will be keen to hear how you will ‘sell yourself, your work and your story’.  She will give you some helpful hints and tips to attract the attention of radio listeners.

Week 3: 26th January
How to attract, keep and grow your audience/clients (part 2) with guest speaker Becky Heath.  Becky regularly runs her 30 minute ‘social media’ training sessions for artists and makers at Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield’s largest artists’ studio provider.  As well as giving an overview of the different platforms used by artists, she will offer some helpful tips on what-to-do-and-not-to-do on social media.

Week 4: 2nd February
Your Choice –  exactly what it says…. if there anything that you want to know about that haven’t covered, please discuss this with Mir.

Week 5: 9th February
Money Matters with guest speaker Paul Evans Paul is an artist/painter who recently ran a successful crowdfunding campaign that helped him and a group of Sheffield artists to develop the Confluence project, which saw them exhibit work in London and Sheffield.  He will tell us what is involved, why it worked and what you need to know before you start your own campaign.  In this sessions we will also cover how to write a good application for funding and/or commission opportunities and how to price work & services.

Week 6: 16th February
Grow, juggle and stay in control with guest speaker Emilie Taylor.  Emilie is a ceramist who regularly exhibits her work in museums and galleries but who also has a socially engaged practice that has seen her work with a wide mix of community groups including recovering addicts, teenage mums and pigeon fanciers.  Her most recent exhibition ‘Beating the Bounds’ is at Bosse and Baum Gallery, London until 19th January.

Optional goodbye drink in the Showroom café bar …

In addition to the above programme Mir has agreed to provide every participant with 1-hour one-to-one session.  This offer ends on 15th March 2019.

Mir Jansen is a visual artist who graduated in 1996 with an MA from Manchester Metropolitan University, having completed my BA (hons) at Sheffield Hallam University.  She was a founding member of S1 Artspace in Sheffield (1995/96) where she had a studio and started organising a programme of exhibitions and taught for a number of years at Sheffield Hallam University and University of Huddersfield.

She became a programme manager, responsible for professional development, setting up two Starter Studio Programmes, one for silversmithing and one for ceramics, and a residency programme for mid-career artists which worked with national and international visual artists such as Turner Prize nominee Hilary Lloyd (London), Xu Tan (China), Frances Priest (Edinburgh), Ania Bas (London), Paul Morrison (Sheffield), Albin Karlsson (Sweden), Yunko Mori (Wales), Emilie Taylor (Sheffield) and many more.  She ran also their annual professional practice course for early career artists and designer-makers.

She was Director for Art Sheffield (biannual visual arts festival) between 2003 and 2011, committee member of the national Artist Professional Development network between 2001 and 2009 and a Guardian for the Sheffield Assay Office up to 2014.  She is currently a Director at BLOC Projects.

Since 2014, she has concentrated on my own visual arts practice, recently exhibiting new work as part of the Ways of Making Programme at Yorkshire Artspace, which was inspired by European employees at our local Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.   She works part-time arts coordinator at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals where I set up the ‘In and Out of Hospital’ arts programme that commissions artists to work with long-stay patients.

This event forms part of Making Ways, a programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

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