Debut Contemporary Workshops

by Chantal

Debut Contemporary (photo by Florin Ungureanu)

Since Debut Contemporary launched on the 2nd March I have been heading to London every Tuesday to attend their industry knowledge workshops. It has been really interesting to both meet and hear from various influential professionals in the art world. Having knowledge shared so openly with artists is a refreshing and unusual experience in an industry that can appear very closed to unestablished artists.

The first workshop focused on curation and was hosted by Sara Raza, a former Tate Modern curator, critic and an editor for ArtAsiaPacific Magazine.

Sara Raza (photo by Florin Ungureanu)

Sara’s talk was interesting and informative and she was a very amenable person to listen and speak to. The most valuable thing she did was to broaden horizons. Discussing the importance of utilising global art fairs, biennials and considering wider markets such as Asia, was both inspiring and felt like something that could be attainable.

artists at Sara Razas talk in the downstairs gallery of Debut (photo by Florin Ungureanu)

The second workshop was a very interesting insight into the mind of an art collector as Jean Philippe Vernes shared his passion for art and something of the varied relationship dynamics that exist between artists and collectors.

artists filing in to second workshop (photo by debut)

Samir Ceric and Jean Philippe Vernes (photo by debut)

Last week our meeting was at the Courtauld Institute where we heard from Darren Coffield,  curator Matthew Reeves, and Professor Julian Stallabrass. Our planned tour of the institute wasn’t possible as there was a strike taking place regarding proposed staff pension changes. As Matthew Reeves kindly offered to take any of us round on an alternative day, a group of us will arrange a visit post debut workshop meeting one Tuesday.

Curator Matthew Reeves (photo by Florin Ungureanu)

Debut artists outside the Courtauld Institute (photo by Florin Ungureanu)

examining Fergal Stapleton's "And A Door Opened"

Following the Courtauld talks some of us headed to the Zabludowicz collection at 176 Prince Wales road to see their current show The Shape We’re In. Highlights for me were Rachael Champion‘s installation and Fergal Stapleton‘s intriguing assemblage And a Door Opened, 2007. It was great to spend time discussing the individual works as a group of artists, I certainly found it a very valuable experience to hear from artists with a lot more art history education than myself. Mostly it was great just get to know each other a bit better. I think the highlight of my afternoon may have been sitting in Mark’s sunny back garden in Camden, eating a chocolate bar and laughing with a group of people who I know share my passion. We are going to suggest more post work shop gallery visits with the debut artists as it would be great to further develop relationships among ourselves.

a few of us taking a quick refreshment break in Mark's garden

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