Bow Skills is our dynamic programme of continuing professional development for our artists, which supports artists at all stages of their career and is informed by an artist steering group and open to all creative practitioners across London.
The programme of talks, panel discussions, new skills labs and peer crits is open to everyone, with concession rates available to Bow Arts artists and students.
In 2015 we launched Bow Skills in response to an artist survey which showed over 90% of practicing artists find it useful to receive further support outside formal education.
Hear from interdisciplinary artist Rosa-Johan Uddoh as she shares her insights on non-hierarchical artistic practice, collective knowledge sharing, collaboration, and the importance of playfulness in art. This event will feature screenings of Practice Makes Perfect (2021) and Cultural Field (2022).
Next up in our Peer Crit series, art advisor, gallerist, and founder of Art & People Claudia Kennaugh will grapple with how interdisciplinary artists can communicate the many strands of their practice, the core intentions of their artistic journey, and the importance of focusing on what your art is saying as opposed to how it’s saying it. These peer crits give artists the opportunity to present their work and get practical, personalised advice and feedback.
Join Head of programme at Art360 Foundation Ellie Porter as she demystifies the ideas and realities of the ‘archive’ when it comes to individual and collective artistic practices, and the importance of creating your own archive as a reflective and legacy building tool for artists practising today.
Join writer and arts fundraising whiz Tom Ryalls in this Arts Council England (ACE) project grants special, as they demystify the four investment principles, break down the application structure, and provide practical insights into how to build out a successful ACE bid.
The workshop will end with a Q&A where you can put your burning questions to Tom about specific ideas or issues you’re coming up against!
Art advisor, gallerist, and founder of Art & People Claudia Kennaugh is back again with another one of her hugely popular peer crits, demystifying how to price your artwork confidently and consistently, and giving artists the opportunity to present your work and get practical, personalised pricing advice and feedback.
Join art advisor, gallerist, and founder of Art & People Claudia Kennaugh as she gives us the lowdown on best practice when it comes to approaching galleries and representatives, presenting your work, and how to advocate for yourself in these contexts.
For the first iteration of our new artist peer support group mini-series for Bow Skills, art practitioner and youth worker Meera Shakti Osborne questions the notion of ‘creative becomings’ and what drives us as artists to continue making and creating in the ways that we do.
What lies in the intersections of ecology, art, and labour? And how can we embody these ideas as a means to move towards an Otherwise? Join Ama Josephine Budge, Angela YT Chan and Becky Lyon as they reckon with the stickiness of these questions and expose the arcane guts and mechanics of how the arts currently operate.
Join artist, filmmaker, and art technician Richard Waterton in this interactive workshop on the fundamentals of art handling and installation, including hanging methods and hardware, tools and equipment, live demonstrations, and personalised advice and feedback.
Join interdisciplinary artist Jack Ky Tan as he breaks down what contracts are, their purpose, how to challenge contractual terms that are weighted against the artist, and how to advocate for your right to understand the formal agreements you are entering into as an artist. Jack will also offer two creative examples of contracts that are dyslexia-inclusive and that incorporate more-than-colonial approaches.
Build your financial literacy and management skills in this interactive workshop with Sally Moussawi, centring on how artists and practitioners can embed their ethical principles into their approaches to finances and use financial tools in service of our personal goals.
Join Kneed in this interactive workshop playfully exploring different kinds of reflection systems that artists can use to check in on our creative practices, whilst at the same time imagining the different ways that we might be able to sustain wider systems of collective support when navigating the sector.