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emilia telese über art proffessional…


It’s the 3rd year we have invited Emilia Telese, Italian born, UK based artist and professional practice expert to come to UNIDEE and run workshops on professional practice for artists. I really like her workshops, they are always concrete and useful and perfect for anyone having an art-organisational-crisis!

Emilia breaks down the reality for us as artists on necessary evils such as how to operate within the art system effectively when applying for funds/grants/project submission…She talks about fundraising and about the do’s and dont’s of a good artists statement, sounds simple but all my good intentions tend to go out of the window as soon as i start to write a statement. Some things to bear in mind…

A statement is NOT a bio, but instead the philosophy of your work
A statement is NOT a marketing pitch, no emphatic pitching please!
Avoid vague jargon and express your concept clearly (to quote E. T. no ” my work is about memory and identity” please!!!

Also for sure its a good idea for a few critical friends to pick at your statement before you send it off…

She also recommends “Career Suicide” Alistair Gentry

Incidentally and ironically i stumbled across  the “Arty Bollocks Generator”  a month ago, it automatically generates artists statements full of art jargon that say and mean nothing! anyone wanting a laugh should check it out…

Mind mapping as an exercise in visualising your art project holistically

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pazos…

The countryside here is peppered with pazos, a type of traditional Galician manor house, usually in the countryside and usually belonging to the same wealthy local landowner for generations..though often the wealth has gone but the family and house remains.

Nowadays many are still lived in but are often semi decrepit due to infeasibly high running costs and very hard winters. I was lucky enough to be invited into one the other day…falling apart, still lived in, mouldy, dusty, beautiful and full of the ghosts and traces of a couple of centuries of family life…

Above is the lareira, a raised open fire flanked by benches, the typical set up in old houses here regardless of their status – my grandparents had an almost identical one in their much more modest affair. It was the place to stay warm in the winter and to cook – you can see the bread oven at the back…

Glimpse through the window of the horreo (maize store typical in this area – but more of that in future post…)

If you want to understand the very particular atmosphere and climate of this corner of Galicia and how these old pazos used to function socially and physically  in the day, read one of galicia’s most beloved authors, Emilia Pardo Bazan’s Pazos de Ulloa, its kind of melodramatic but i love it.