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It’s the issue that almost every creative practitioner struggles with at one time or another: gaining access to commissions and finding opportunities to exhibit work.

Immersed as you are in the creative process, it easy to be reactive when it comes to the commercial side of what you do - watching and waiting for information flagging up opportunities is the default position. Sometimes though, you can drive the agenda.

In this workshop, Jane Shaw of Durham Creatives and visual artist Jo Coupe will describe how they have developed new opportunities for themselves and other artists to exhibit and sell their works by adopting a fresh approach to commissioning. They will share their insights about how artists can get a foot in the door and make sure people take notice of them, drawing on examples of unheralded practitioners who’ve developed strategies to break through and make a success of their careers.

Jane will follow this with an ideas generation workshop to help you think about how you too can maximise your own chances of success in building relationships with commissioners and getting your work shown or performed.

Jo Coupe is a visual artist, working across sculpture, installation, video, sound and photography. Her work in public and private collections and she is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead. Recent projects have included: Crystalline Energy, a residency with global aluminium producer, Rio Tinto Alcan (UK), and Rarified, a commission for Tatton Park Biennial (Cheshire, UK). Solo exhibitions include The Ashes of Other Elements, Workplace Gallery (Gateshead, UK), A Distance between Two Points, Airspace Gallery (Stoke on Trent, UK). Group exhibitions include Pertaining to things Natural, Chelsea Physic Garden (London, UK), Aid and Abet (Cambridge, UK) and David Dale Gallery (Glasgow, UK) Satellite Satellite, Workplace Gallery (London, UK) and A Foreign Encounter, Gallerie FOE (Munich, Germany).

Jane Shaw is the manager of the Arts Council England Fifth Sized Book Adventure. She is a Laban School trained dancer who ran her own dance business for seven years. She subsequently completed an MA in Entrepreneurship at Durham University and has over 20 years’ experience of delivering enterprise programmes for artists and creative practitioners across the region. Jane’s recent work includes Durham Creatives, a programme which worked with over 500 creative practitioners and resulted in the creation of 80+ new creative businesses. In partnership with Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery, Jane devised and managed Always Remember, Never Forget. This project, part-funded by the Arts Council, was designed to support artists create new work inspired by the museum’s collection in response to the anniversary of the First World War.

This professional development workshop is for emerging artists and other creative practitioners looking to commercialise their work. It has been funded by Arts Council England and Newcastle City Library

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