Peer mentoring is an essential but often overlooked aspect of an artist’s working life. Peer groups provide not only critical feedback necessary to develop work, but also the practical day to day support and encouragement that is the lifeblood of a sustainable practice.
This talk and practical session, led by artist Chloe Cooper, will:
- Cover some of the potential benefits of being part of a peer mentoring collective.
- Consider different approaches to establishing a group.
- Suggest models and techniques for providing constructive feedback on each-others practice.
- Look at the practical considerations in setting up and running a peer mentoring group and initiate the first steps with session attendees.
Participants are asked to bring an easily portable digital image/photo/recording on a mobile or similar of a recent piece they might like to discuss. (Participants are asked not bring actual work as there is no display/exhibition equipment available at the venue)
Chloe Cooper uses performative tours, lectures and instructional videos to propose something quite improbable to be worked through together. Often combined with Chloe's participation in critical forms of art education in museums, galleries and schools, these performances look for alternatives to existing ideas, forms and knowledge. Chloe has been part of a live art peer support group since 2008, co-led peer mentoring projects in 2009 and 2010 in association with Live Art Development Agency, Camden Arts Centre and Zabludowicz Collection and is currently leading practice sharing alongside the Learning team at Tate.
As part of the New Contemporaries public programme Artquest has run peer mentoring sessions annually with artist Chloe Cooper held in venues that hosted the New Contemporaries exhibition including the ICA (London), BackLit (Nottingham) and the BALTIC (Newcastle).