|This year Alias celabrates it's 10 year aniversary and to mark this event it
is inviting artists to participate in a series of programmed activities.
The Artist Led Initiative Advisory Service is run by artists for
Alias has worked
with over 130 groups from across the South West region during the
past 10 years. Groups advised by Alias vary widely in the nature
of their practice and structure. The process by which a group describes
itself can help the group to define achievable objectives.
Alias advisory service draws upon a pool of knowledge and experience already
existing in the community of artists in the South West. It is vital that Alias
contacts are also artists, as, whatever the needs of a group are, the emphasis
is always on the development of a creative practice, in terms of quality and
integrity. Alias is unique in providing a flexible, open-ended and bespoke relationship
lasting for sustained lengths of time.
Alias contacts work with a group not
in order to achieve predetermined outcomes, but so that they might enter into
a dialogue with other artists. This dialogue may include passing on
|information and giving advice. opening
up the possibility of generating reciprocal projects, promoting collaborations
and cross-fertilisation of artists practice across the county and
creating further opportunities to network.
Alias seminars are at the heart of it's activities providing opportunities for
networking and collaboration. The programme of seminars is organised each year
by artists involved in the scheme in direct response to the needs of artists.
There have been over 40 Alias seminars which have taken place over the last 10
years across the South West region. Two examples of these seminars are Creative
Footprints and Shed Summit.
SVA in Stroud, worked with many artists groups to host some of these events.
Creative Footprints, which was organised in 2008 in partnership with the Last
Gallery. With ecology increasingly taking central stage in all areas of life
this seminar focussed on re-examining the arts 'footprint'. The discussions outlined
areas of research and practice with speakers, including Shelley Sacks from
the Social Sculpture Research Unit, providing artistic and theoretical perspectives
on this burgeoning area of interest.
Shed Summit, organised by Annabel Other, took place at Welcombe Barton,
home of the Yarner Trust, a medieval farmhouse in Devon. This three-day
event celebrated the shed in all its forms with experts from the
length and breadth of the country and examples of shed building from
across the globe. There was expert building advice for shed virgins
and the ribboned silver cup up for grabs for shed excellence.
Alias Celebratory Events
Alias 24 hour studio
19th June 8pm-20th June 8pm
24 hour studio is a an inclusive event, intended to allow contributions
from all kinds of artists and groups whatever their practice. 24
hour studio will take place in various locations across the South
West region. The programme might include a conventional gallery
or studio space or it might be a virtual space, a website, fictional
space, front room, bus stop, potting shed or pub. The invitation
to contribute to 24 hour studio has been extended to everyone who
has worked within Alias, as a collective celebration of it's diversity