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Bow Skills artist peer support group: re-centering the axis of your artistic practice and creativity with Kasra Jalilipour

Thursday 20th June 2024 , 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join multidisciplinary artist Kasra Jalilipour in this playful artist peer support group, expanding on what it means to bring our artistic practices back to the personal and how to reconnect with our innate creativity when we’re lost or feel caught up in the mechanics of the wider arts ecosystem. 

When deep in the process of artmaking or a studio-based practice, it can be tricky to take a step back, feel inspired when stuck in a rut, and resist that slow feeling of disconnect with the parts of your creative brain that aren’t being utilised in a particular project of body of work. What are the ways that we can re-centre our practice and bring it back to the personal? What questions do we need to ask ourselves to reconnect with the root of our creativity and why we make what we make? 

In this session, Kasra Jalilipour will riff off Paul Thek’s Teaching Notes: a series of open-ended and sprawling questions written by the artist as a tool for facilitating a creative space for discussion within Art & Design. 

We will take the original Teaching Notes – in addition to a number of new provocations in the spirit of the original questions proposed by Thek – and use them to think deeply about our art practices in expansive ways and find new connections and moments of interplay between the different parts of our creative ecologies. 

Through conversation and dialogue as well as spontaneous and playful artmaking experiments, you will get to know other artists in the space and begin to peel back the layers and sediments that make up your practice, to find your creative source and what grounds you. 

Some drinks and snacks will be provided, but this is a potluck style event! So, we encourage you to bring along a dish, snack, or drink of your choice if you are able to. 

In this artist peer support group, you will: 

  • Meet a community of other practising artists and practitioners thinking, feeling, and working through similar questions 
  • Explore a fun and playful range of artmaking activities designed to recentre and ground our artistic practices 

These artist peer support groups are small, informal gatherings of artists and practitioners, which centre on a particular theme chosen by the selected artist facilitator – these themes could be anything from a discussion on artistic practice more broadly, to the state of our careers and other professional or cultural developments. These gatherings provide opportunities for artists to connect, develop skills in sharing and talking about their work, and learn about different perspectives. 

This artist peer support group will take place in our outdoor courtyard at Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ

£5 £3 concessions

Concession rate applies to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists, National Art Pass members, and key workers

181-183 Bow Road
London, E3 2SJ
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More about Kasra Jalilipour 

Kasra Jalilipour is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist. Through humour, provocation and storytelling their work often explores notions of racialisation and histories of gender identity, erotica and desire. They work in a range of mediums including moving-image, text, live performance sculpture and drawing. At the core of their practice lies the concept of speculative historical fiction, which looks at historical or depictions through a queer lens.  

Jalilipour’s solo shows include Arcade-Campfa at BayArt (Cardiff)  2023, Academy of Fine Art Gallery (Prague) 2018, and their live directorial debut Apocrypha of The Later Saints commissioned by Centre for Live Art Yorkshire (Leeds). Group exhibitions include: Bomuldsfabriken: ARTendal (Arendal), Jackman Humanities Institute (Toronto), Circa X Dazed Class of 2022 (London, Berlin, Seoul, Melbourne), Trinity Square Video (Toronto), Eastside Projects, Quench Gallery, Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, Ingram Prize 2022. 

Access information    

The Bow Arts Trust office and courtyard have step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and are service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.  Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.     

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)    

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space (e.g. making sure you have a seat near the entrance) or anything else you can think of!  

Transport Information    

Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm    
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ    
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.    
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area.    
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.