Maija’s notes from Rosalind Davis’ talk at Winchester School of Art for CAS’ Artist Network on 1 December 2018
After working as a professional artist for some time, Rosalind had a pretty good idea of what she didn’t like about the art world and was ready to re-invent it.
“I remember you because no one else wrote to say thank you” said a curator to Rosalind early in her career and I guess you could say that really stuck with her. Appreciating the people with whom you build relationships, and showing up “because the next conversation might just change your life” sounds like an approach that has underpinned Rosalind Davis’ successes as an artist, curator, writer and more. In Rosalind’s talk description she warned artists not to expect a magic pill, and yet, as Susan Francis (CAS curator) remarked following yesterday’s event that students, emerging and established artists attended, “Rosalind is a goldmine of information!”
So when it comes to growing your career as an artist there is no route map. You need to find your own way, and build your own art world, but for simplicity’s sake it sounds like this can be boiled down to three important things.
- Nurturing relevant relationships. Show up, because your next conversation might just change your life.
- Taking your work seriously enough to stand by it, talk about it, and reflect upon it.
- Clarity of your professional values in communication, presentation and delivery. Put in the effort. Show up. Commit.
If you get a chance to hear Rosalind speak, I highly recommend it. She also takes bookings for 1-1 consultancy sessions which have gotten some rave reviews. See www.rosalinddavis.co.uk for more information.
Thank you to Winchester School of Art for use of their lecture theatre and accommodating the CAS Bus Of Many Things from which we served tea, coffee, and biscuits during registration and the interval.
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