This month has been busy with the post-Christmas/New Year shenanigans getting everyone ready for their upcoming tours.
I've had the pleasure of working with Nando Messias, Greg Wohead, Them Two Dance and Leila McMillan and look forward to their upcoming performances this Spring. I've also consulted for Alexandrina Hemsley, Map Consortium and Project O on their project planning and future thinking - such exciting things ahead for each of them.
Very interesting conversations have cropped up around how to stand out, step-change in artist's practice and the gender debate. Fuelling our thoughts were a lot of articles in the press, but Artists can't survive on thin air from Lyn Gardner struck me the most and is well worth a read:
It is often mid-career artists in their late 20s and early 30s who have the least support – they’re too old or too experienced for many of the schemes that offer some support to emerging artists, and yet caught in the financial and commissioning trap that means they find themselves constantly emergent but never fully hatched. With artists increasingly reliant on project funding, it creates a cycle in which they are constantly chasing the money and never have a moment to reflect on their practice or the space to nudge it forward.
Normally it's pretty quiet in January but this year we dragged ourselves out into the cold to pound the streets of London to check out Lumiere. My favourite piece was Keyframes by Groupe LAPS.
Such an achievement to see thousands of people walking around the streets to look at public art and with so much support from partners and investors.
January felt something like this...