As an artist-led organisation, ID works in continual dialogue, collaboration and exchange with artists and aims to respond to changing currents and interests in the field. This is integral to how we work. All of ID’s staff are artists with freelance practices ‘outside’ our staff roles but in reality informing how we work within ID as well. This porosity and fluidity is something we are keen to hold onto.
One way in which we do this is by hosting forums on areas of particular current interest or concern. We see these forums as spaces for open-ended conversation, discussion and debate – with the emphasis on peer exchange rather than decision-making. We cherish these conversations for their own sake but also acknowledge that they do often influence curatorial directions and ideas for future initiatives. In this way we hope these forums are part of ID being genuinely responsive to and in service of artists.
Here we share informal notes summarising recent forums, including Virtual Space (2021). Emerging from the rapid shift online during the pandemic, Virtual Space was an online forum for artists who teach. It was intended as a space for learning from each other about how to teach in the online space – and the challenges, and even advantages of this somewhat new digital environment. Through funding from ACE Culture Recovery Fund, paid places were offered to 50 artists. All artists who have taught with ID in recent years were invited to take part. You can find summary notes of this forum below.
Documentation from other artists’ forums will appear here soon.