After a short hiatus, we are delighted to announce the return of The Artist Soup Kitchen - talks and workshops to explore support networks, good practice and sustainability of the arts and artists in a changing climate. We have noticed that some of the best conversations happen over a good hearty meal and so the Artist Soup Kitchen events provide an opportunity to meet up in a relaxed and special environment, and talk over the main issues facing artists today - all over a delicious bowl of homemade soup, and specially baked bread.
Self Funding in the Arts: the Good, the Bad and the Future explores the fundamental issue facing artists today - how do we fund our practices? What strategies can we employ and how can we transfer the creativity that lies at the heart of our practices to the way we make our practices financially sustainable?
Since 2010, the Arts Council England budget has been cut by 30%, and with no end in sight to Austerity in the Arts, it has never been more important to consider alternative ways of funding cultural activity – either for the organisation or the individual. For this Artist Soup Kitchen, we have invited Steven Lowe – founder of L-13 – to present their model of self-funding based on making and merchandising* as the basis of a discussion which seeks to develop new strategies on how to successfully fund a practice in the face of a never ending austerity.
*Disclaimer - L-13 admit to one instance of receiving Arts Council funding.
The duration of the Artist Soup Kitchen is set at 2 hours, beginning promptly at 12.00 pm and finishing at 2.00 pm.
Seats at the Artist Soup Kitchen Table are limited, so to avoid disappointment, please book early, and only if you fully intend to attend.
***The Soup Kitchens are free to attend, but guests will be asked to donate an amount they feel the event was worth.***
To book your ticket click HERE
This Soup Kitchen is delivered in response to Harry Adams exhibition Nothing Remains Unchanged But The Clouds - An exhibition of paintings vs trees (and strategies in art avoidance) that seeks to degrade, debunk, re-mystify and re-purpose the useless arts in a post-art culture which runs from April 28th to June 2nd at AirSpace Gallery - details here
The L-13 Light Industrial Workshop is not a gallery, a publisher, nor do they represent artists. Neither are they a real Ladies and Gentlemen’s Club, a Light Industrial Workshop, and they most certainly are not an art collective. Founded by artist Steve Lowe in 2003 – initially under the name the aquarium (2003 – 2006) then THE AQUARIUM L-13 (2006 – 2008) – the L-13 Light Industrial Workshop is a creative platform, spiritual home and technical epicentre for a small group of artists that Lowe has found himself working with – both in collaborative venture and by way of support for the individual artists. The L-13 HQ in Clerkenwell is also physical home to the Harry Adams studio, an 1825 Albion Press, The Patented Finger of God Painting Machine and a miniature poodle known as The Beast.
Harry Adams is the pseudonym used to present the collaborative paintings of artists Adam Wood and Steve Lowe. Born 1965 and 1966, East London and Slough. Lives and works in London and Hastings.Studied at Derby, Southwark, Byam Shaw School of Art and University of Ulster. Lowe founded and runs the L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, Clerkenwell.