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Bow Skills Talk: International Working for Artists with the British Council

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Bow Arts Trust, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Join us for a unique panel discussion where special guests Jenny White, Head of Visual Arts Programme at the British Council, and practising international artist Diann Bauer will discuss opportunities for artists to work internationally.

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 Bow Arts artists and students.

Drawing on her experiences of setting up international programmes and working with artists abroad, Jenny will talk about what the British Council does and where they operate, highlighting some key opportunities on the British Council website for individual artists to get involved. She will also use case studies to discuss the ways in which the British Council can facilitate international working through networking and brokering. 

Diann Bauer, a Bow Arts artist who featured in the Nunnery Gallery’s Visions 2018 programme, will also give a short presentation highlighting examples of her international projects, offering practical advice, whilst also providing guidance on where to source other reputable opportunities.

This session aims to offer an insight into what working internationally can offer and how it can expand and strengthen your artistic practice. The event will be chaired by artist Elizabeth Murton, who has facilitated peer crits and events for over 10 years. 

Jenny White, Head of Visual Arts Programme, British Council. In the British Council, Jenny has been Arts Manager Japan, Head of Culture and Communications Thailand, and Director of the British Council Cuba. After a secondment to the British Council’s Environment team, Jenny is now Head of Visual Arts Programme working on residencies and exchanges with Sub Saharan Africa and Europe, global Biennales and convening art, disability and environment programmes. Jenny is a Trustee of Japan Society UK, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Visiting Fellow for University of Derby Art School, and a Trustee of ATMA South Asian dance company and APT art studios in Deptford.

Diann Bauer is an artist and writer based in London. She is part of the working group Laboria Cuboniks who wrote Xenofeminism: A Politics of Alienation and the collaborative A.S.T. whose focus is speculative urbanism and climate change. Bauer has screened and exhibited internationally at Tate Britain, the ICA and The Showroom, London, The Sharjah Biennale 13, UAE, Deste Foundation, Athens, The New Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, History Miami Museum and Art Center South Florida, Miami. She has taught and lectured widely at universities and cultural institutions including: Cornell University, Yale University and Cooper Union (US), HKW (Germany), DAI (Netherlands), Ashkal Alwan (Lebanon), Goldsmiths, The Baltic, The Tate and the ICA (UK). She has recently finished a commission with Queen Mary University and the Nunnery Gallery for a temporary public video installation as well as and installation with composer Seth Ayyaz for exhibition at FACT in Liverpool with Arts at CERN. It will subsequently travel on to Barcelona, Nantes, Brussels and CERN.

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Tickets £3/5 (concession rate applies to under 18s, students, over 65s and Bow Arts artists)

Image: A Month at the Venice Art Biennale: Work by British Council Fellows, at RAW Labs 15 Feb - 4 Mar 2018


Access Information

Bow Arts Courtyard room 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 or call 020 8980 774 (Ext. 3)

Travel Information

Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 10am to 5pm
Address: 181-183 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

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