Artist Support Recipes

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Artist Support Recipes

We are an international group of artists involved in artist support and development. During 2022 we are collaborating on a research project supported by Creative Scotland’s Four Nations grant (funded by Arts Councils for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Creative Scotland).

We are working together over 12 months to explore, share and research what artist development might now become in a post-pandemic world. We believe that for artist development activities and opportunities to be successful, they need to be created by artists for artists. Development activities need to be responsive to the challenges of pandemic life as well as in response to the future challenges of climate breakdown. We believe that artists can be problem-solvers and that a robust, resilient creative sector can be best nurtured by supporting the skills and expertise of artists. We will create a template for artist development which brings in the best from different countries and experiences, and focuses on what artists working now really need to thrive – an Artist Support Recipe Book

Project participants are:

Ruth Singer, England

Ruth has worked in both the museum sector and as an independent artist for the last 25 years. Alongside her own research-based textile practice, Ruth also works as a mentor and creative producer of arts and heritage projects. Ruth has worked locally for Creative Leicestershire researching artist support and regional networks. She has a particular interest in the impact of group and 1:1 mentoring. Ruth created this project to share and research with others. Find out more about Ruth’s mentoring work here and project work here.

Sharon Adams is an artist and coach based in rural Northern Ireland. Attending art school in Brighton as a mature student with previous business experience, Sharon has a particular interest in how artists combine creativity, productivity and business. On moving back to NI after 25 years in England, she found limited support for artists, with almost no rural arts infrastructure. Working remotely during lockdown increased her connections with other artists and organisations, and Sharon is especially interested in how we develop and animate those platforms to improve ongoing provision for rural artists and especially those with disabilities.

Gillian McFarland, Scotland

Liz Nilsson, Republic of Ireland / Sweden

Sharon Adams, Northern Ireland

Collette Rayner, Netherlands