International artist conversations

Calling visual artists across the world who work in rural areas and small  towns

Artists in Somerset, UK would like to connect with you, share ideas and advice, and explore ways to collaborate.

We’ll add questions here as a starting point.  Please get in touch to debate these, tell us about your work, and start conversations.  You will need to sign up to, then you can send comments which will be approved by a blog administrator.

If we like the sound of what you’re doing there may be opportunities to contribute to Cultivate 2, a Reveal Somerset exhibition at Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton.

Q1:  Does a contemporary artist have to live or work in a big city to be successful?

Q2:  What does making art in a rural context mean for you?

Q3:  What are the particular challenges you face in maintaining your practice, and what are the solutions?

Q4:  How do you distribute / disseminate your work in and beyond a rural context?

Q5:  What role does the community or local population have in your work?

Q6:  Do you think there’s a particular local identity to art in your area, and how does that affect your work?

Q7:  Can artists working in rural areas and small towns across the world support each other, and how?

International Village Shop,

2 Responses to International artist conversations

  1. Pingback: Calling visual artists across the world who work in rural areas and small towns | Reveal Somerset

  2. pete flowers says:

    What is Green Close Studios and what does it deliver?
    Green Close Studios is a pioneering visual art organisation specialising in contemporary arts development within rural and international contexts. The company specialises in contemporary arts practice within its rural context focussing upon the sharing of creativity through learning opportunities as a means of social and rural regeneration. Where possible we aim to develop an awareness of cultural diversity and enable cross-cultural understanding; this and the empowerment of communities and their young people are at the heart of what we do.
    Green Close Studios is based in a converted barn in the village of Melling in the Lune Valley area of Lancaster District. The building provides a centre for creative project development, artistic residencies, workshops and offers its’ members affordable studios; we have a network of over 50 professional freelance artists we regularly work with.

    The organisation: Green Close Studios was formed in 1996: it is a company limited by guarantee.
    Green Close Studios Mission is to become a recognised leader in contemporary arts delivery to rural communities within the North West and a National Centre of Excellence.
    Green Close Studios Vision is to develop a platform for the sharing of creative visual art practice by developing an arena of learning and understanding, in order to enable change and positive social development.
    Green Close Studios Values are: Creativity – Integrity – Diversity – Equality – Sensitivity – Flexibility – Commitment – Community
    Green Close Studios turnover: approximately £80k

    Who benefits?
    • Rural audiences and participants: Green Close Studios reached 37,381people during its programme of activity during 2008-2009
    • Partners: Green Close Studios works in partnership with many including Lancashire Artists’ Network, Creative Lancashire, the National Federation of Artist’s Studio Providers, Pioneer Projects, Global Link, Ludus Dance, and More Music as well as its partnerships with the Forest Of Bowland AONB, local schools, parish councils and community groups.
    • Artists; we provide advice, support, regular professional development opportunities and affordable studios for visual artists.
    • The economy & the environment; Green Close Studios has successfully developed the Bowland Arts Festival which uses arts partnerships to promote environmental understanding and awareness across Lancashire and the North West, increasing sustainable tourism and strengthening the economy.
    • Young people: the empowerment of young people and working with rural schools is an important part of our on-going work.
    What are the benefits?
    • Community development – GCS provides access to high quality arts activities and events to socially excluded and isolated communities; it’s work in social and educational settings empowers individuals and creates opportunities for personal growth and community development and a high quality of life.
    • Social cohesion – GCS brings meaningful opportunities for cross cultural understanding within a responsive and sensitive frame work of development
    • Health – our work has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of artists and communities

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