Posts Tagged ‘CRITgroup’
It wasn’t just the Christmas spirit that gave us cause to celebrate this evening as we marked CRITgroup’s first birthday with a (gentle mid-week) knees-up. We also got the ball rolling on our plans for collaboration through 2013 and welcomed along a couple of new faces to the crowd. We began the evening with social chat and nibbling; amongst other offerings, I subjected the group to home-made parsnip not-very-crisps and a choice of chilli or sage and onion houmous! A re-visitation of the more seasonally shaped ginger biscuits I first provided at Hallowe’en were then only slightly overshadowed by the selection of mince pies; ginger, cranberry or chocolate nonetheless!
This month we welcomed as our guest speaker Hannah Mosley, who we have been looking forward to hearing from for some months now.
Hannah’s background is as an illustrator, however she has recently taken up an apprenticeship as a tattoo artist and it is her experiences of developing skills and practice in this field that led to the focus of her talk; the role of master and apprentice in contemporary creative practice. (more…)
It was quite a small group this month but no less varied for it. Tammy Leigh, James Sharp and I started off chatting informally about craft stalls before I’d even really noticed we were properly ‘in session’! We mostly discussed the reasons behind lower than expected sales at local art fairs and festivals and tried not to point the finger too exclusively at the recession without being more widely questioning. We all agreed that there was a tendency for such events to attract visitors who have no intention of buying anything at all, but while these may not be immediately lucrative opportunities they still present a useful method of raising interest in work. This interest can later manifest as online sales or interest in workshops.
Six months since the seminal meeting, MadLab felt very much like ‘home’ for the fourth group meeting. Five of us came along this month and there were plenty of varied projects to cover with some interesting debates being generated in many cases.
James Pashley started by sharing the exciting news that he has now confirmed an offer of employment working as a teaching assistant in Japan! He will be working as part of a cultural exchange programme to support English teaching beginning in late July or early August. While his insights and contributions will be missed in meetings, we are all looking forward to seeing his new website, which we briefly discussed, and to hearing updates on his experiences via his new blog. Meanwhile I am wondering if this means we can now label CRITgroup as an international art collective…! (more…)