I had been looking forward to the printing workshop - indeed the anticipation had helped to keep me motivated at times when my sprits were down during the last unit.
I enjoyed the screen printing session and subsequent research on VLE about screen printing and I am eagerly anticipating the next session were I can make my own screen print.
But it is a shame that I can not also do the 3D workshop at the sometime as I would also like to expire and experiment with casting - especially utilising some of my found objects from Felixstowe beach. I feel that it is good that I am expiring other media for making work, as well as photography and video; I think that even if I end up reverting to these it will mean that it will strengthen my conceptual use of them. I will be using photography/video because it is the most appropriate for me to use for that particular work - not merely because that is the media I feel most confident in using.
I am still reflecting on my choice of subject for my first printing project - it could be an existing work such as a photograph - perhaps with the addition of text - e.g. one of my mono "Damaged Portrait's", or "Paradise Part II" [but I may have to scan in or photograph the silver gelatine print]; or perhaps I could use my personal manifesto as the template for the print; or perhaps I could try not using photography at all and rely on drawing and cut outs etc.
The guest speaker talk and subsequent seminar by Fiona MacDonald, curator from Standpoint, and artist [sculpture & painting] raised some interesting issues. Standpoint's model of artist led space is very different to that of Outpost. It seems a little strange that they do not really promote their own artists; I would have expected more of a dual approach where the gallery presents not only the vision of the curator coupled with a representation of contemporary art practice, but also space of opportunity for Standpoint artists.
Standpoint's use of education and community engagement that focuses on emerging and mid-career artists is also a very different model to that adopted by many galleries which concentrate on engaging with school and youth groups - although some such as Firstsite, Colchester seem to be using both approaches in parallel - both encouraging school visits etc but also providing events and specifically for practising artists.
For me Firstsite's dual approach to education seems to be a good model for best practice.
It was also interesting to find that, despite being employed 3 day a week as curator, Fiona MacDonald regards her self as an artist and reports that she thinks as an artist. The curatorial role being seen merely in a similar light as a 0.5 teaching post. Thus her curatorial work is, I assume, a means of helping to fund her art practise, but will also presumably both help to inform her work and to find new opportunities to show her work.