When is a studio a necessity and when is it luxury? This professional development talk for artists looks at the central role the studio can play in careers and the full potential of studios as everything from exhibition space to office. Speakers at this session are Duncan Smith from ACAVA and artist Laura Eldret.
Duncan Smith is founder and current Artistic Director of ACAVA (Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art) which provides studios for artists and works with a wide range of other bodies including local and health authorities, trusts and foundations, arts and educational institutions, regeneration agencies, developers and social landlords, engaging the skills and creativity of its artist members to promote public benefit. Starting from initiatives in the mid ‘70s and established as an educational charity in 1984, ACAVAnow manages 24 buildings providing studios for 600 artists.
Duncan has been teaching in art colleges and universities for forty years, and for thirty five years establishing computer imaging resources and producing and delivering courses for tertiary education and the voluntary sector. As an artist, he has exhibited installations and digital work internationally since the 1970s
Laura Eldret explores ideas, histories and forms of contemporary rituals, often working with organised groups of people (firemen, tradesmen, 'farb' societies) and individuals to create new and generative social forms. Eldret makes videos, photographs and stage-like installations, as well as creating live events in gallery spaces and in the public realm. She has exhibited at venues including Camden Arts Centre, where she was artist in residence (2011), Five Hundred Dollars, London (2010) and Jerwood, London (2009). Currently, she is developing a project with ACE funding, which will be presented at The Gallery at Arts University College Bournemouth (2012). She uses the studio strategically, enabling her to explore a wide range of sites of productivity.