CAS faces a challenge as it grows from a 3 person studio to a collective of 17. For the CAS Associates to operate as a collective, the individual artists need to understand how they fit in. At present, some artists are unsure how their work relates to the core aims of CAS or feel disassociated geographically. Hand-picked by David based upon their their shared interests and values, the connections between the artists is clear – but not always to the artists themselves.
I am inspired to guide the group in an exploration of what they bring – their interests, their talents, their passion, and perspective.
What connections will we make?
How can we best communicate our art to others and feel valued for what we bring?
And “What is this Dissent?”
Lead Artist David Dixon has invited us to position our organisation as a leader in creative and critical questioning, and so it is vital that our artists begin to discuss and explore what ‘Dissent’ means to them and how moments of dissent or deviation have informed their perspective and approach.
Here is my plan of action:
A research project that will explore “Who are The CAS Artists?” and “What is this Dissent?”
Identity. Representation. Unity.
- Engage CAS Associate Artists in an exploration of who they are individually and collectively
- Help artists understand their value and communicate what underpins their practice
- Identify and reveal connections amongst the artists interests and practices to encourage dialogue, collaboration and a sense of unity
For the artist:
- Increase confidence in presenting who you are and the value of what you do
- Develop focus and clarity on the direction of your individual practice and how it fits with
- Increase sense of belonging and participation
- Understand the value and unique perspective each artist brings
- Document and present ‘Who We [CAS Associates] Are’
- Document individual interests and ambitions for improved matching of artists to opportunities
Step 1. Passion & Purpose Workshop (professional development)
Artists will increase confidence in presenting who they are and the value of what they do – both
talking the talk and walking the walk
Step 2. Artist interviews (Videos)
Exploring their answers to ‘what is the role of the artist?’, ‘who am I?’, ‘why do I do what I do?’,
‘what examples of dissent inspire me?’ – conducted as a relaxed chat over coffee.
Step 3. Artist outputs: Response
Create something that represents their response to step 1-2 and document
Step 4. Recommendations / Report