Seminars

Grounded in the 21st century, these seminars look at Arts practices as a sustainable & critical endeavour.

From Autumn 2017, the Critical Academy launches a growing series of seminars around key aspects of contemporary Arts practice aimed at developing and strengthening key skills and mindsets, taught in participatory environments with clear and focused aims.

Introduction —

 

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Critical Academy looks at very specific skills that are commonly considered secondary in the teaching of artistic practices that are mostly focused on methodologies and theory. We consider these skills not complementary but fundamental for a sustainable practice and a wholesome life, and they contribute to a continuous self-development. These relate to essential aspects and core values of a stable Arts practice, from daily administration routines, to competence in resolving grant aid paperwork, and understanding the importance of applied self-discipline; others refer to entrepreneurial matters, acknowledging both the artist’s creative output and the artist’s financial needs.

 

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Critical Academy Sessions
Every year, each of the 4 project partners host Critical Academy Sessions to advance crucial skills regarding critical thinking, researching, sustainability, business skills, and alternative ways to foster a creative practice. These are set around four areas:

  • Research: rethinking traditional research and knowledge acquisition practices, and nurturing critical tools.
  • Output: investigating new and more contemporary means of dissemination, rethinking traditional approaches.
  • Business: acknowledging the importance of sustainable entrepreneurial practices and sound financial knowledge.
  • Discipline: expanding the core critical and practical understanding of a discipline, beyond what a discipline dictates.

Critical Academy sessions are aimed at agents such as:

  • Creatives: Artists, Photographers, Curators, Critics and Writers.
  • Administration: Arts Administrators, Programmers, Researchers.
  • Education: Tutors, Professors, Lecturers, and Educators in general.

These educational components are offered in different formats and lengths, according to the subject at hand, to better propitiate a successful outcome. The participant facilitators are selected for their extensive knowledge and experience in their fields, and a proven track record in delivering engaging lectures.

Research Residency

 

All the activities will take place between 2021 and 2023 across Europe.

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The Critical Academy seminars look at very specific skills that are commonly considered secondary in the teaching of artistic practices, mostly focused on methodologies and theory. We consider these skills not complementary but fundamental for a sustainable practice and a wholesome life, and they contribute to a continuous self-development.

These relate to essential aspects and core values of a stable Arts practice, from daily administration routines, to competence in resolving grant aid paperwork, and understanding the importance of applied self-discipline; others refer to entrepreneurial matters, acknowledging both the artist’s output and the artist’s needs.

Likewise, we aim to advance and deepen crucial skills regarding critical thinking, researching, speaking and writing about your work, and we are introducing alternative ways to foster a creative practice through mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.

The seminars are offered in different formats and lengths according to the subject at hand, and to better adapt to a successful outcome. The participant tutors were selected for their extensive knowledge and experience in their fields, and a proven track record in delivering engaging lectures. These seminars have been created specifically for the Critical Academy, and there are others to be added in the coming months. They are divided in four strands: Research, Discipline, Business, and Output. The following seminars are now available for booking:

Research

Discipline

Business

Output

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