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Bow Skills artist peer-to-peer group: zooming in to zoom out – reflecting on your artistic practice with Libby Scarlett

Wednesday 24th January 2024 , 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for an exploratory workshop with Libby Scarlett using speed and feeling to tease out the different components of our artistic practices and how slowing down and embedding care can radically change how we approach art-making as a practice. 
Libby Scarlett

How does speed affect our art practice? When we are expected to be able to describe what we do as artists or what our work is about quickly, concisely, and without feeling, is that actually helpful to us or does it feel inadequate? If we intentionally broke our practices down into their many small parts to slow things down and then put them back together in a new way, do we get the same thing? Or does the act of moving elements around change speed and feeling?  

In this session, we will interrogate and tease apart our artistic and creative practices through a series of experiments, diagrams, and games to break things down, move things around, and bring everything back together. 

By thinking about our artistic practices and the things that impact them in terms of speed and feeling, we’ll gain clarity in seeing both the fragments and the bigger picture, whilst considering new ways to describe and approach what we do as artists and why we do it. 

In this session, you will: 

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the different components of your artistic practice 
  • Learn how slowing down can add elements of intention and care into how we practice and work as artists  
  • Explore different ways of presenting our practice that personalise and bring ourselves as artists to the forefront  
  • Connect with other artists and practitioners 
£7 £5 concessions

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

More about Libby Scarlett  

Libby Scarlett is an artist, designer and arts educator living in London and from Warrington. 

Her work imagines and strives towards transformation, taking problems (big and small) as fuel. She designs experiments to invite others to also test out experiencing something familiar anew. To question ourselves, our peers/colleagues or those in power (or with more power): couldn’t we be doing this differently? 

Libby’s recent work focuses on the affect of precarious labour in the arts and higher education, particularly focused on the people who perform this labour. Her work creates spaces to reflect, find others, do differently, and say the things you aren’t supposed to say (but you are!) 

She has taught as an Associate Lecturer at Middlesex University, Manchester School of Art, and The Margate School; alongside designing and delivering workshops and programmes with Turner Contemporary, the Wellcome Trust, the Hackney Migrant and Refugee Forum, Catch22, AntiUniversity, and the International Teaching Artists’ Conference. 

She has a MA in Art and Design in Education from University College London (2022) and a BA from Manchester School of Art (MMU) (2009). 

About Bow Skills  

Bow Arts seeks to support creative professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2015 Bow Arts 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.   

 Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which 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 all, with concession rates available to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists and key workers.   

  Access information 

The Bow Arts Trust office has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is 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 or anything else you can think of! 

Transport Information 

Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 10am to 4pm 
Address: Nunnery Gallery, 181 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.