Professional Development Workshops

A series of workshops that focus on different aspects of professional and career development. They offer informed, practical insight and a chance to share experiences and make contacts. Organised by the Freelance members group, but open to all.

Next Event:

Researcher-Artist Collaborations
11.00 - 16.00, Saturday 12 July 2014
The Tetley, Leeds

Booking now closed. 

Our July workshop will focus on how to foster productive links with arts organisations and practitioners as part of a freelance research portfolio. We will explore different avenues of collaboration, facilitation, and outcomes, such as artists books, catalogue essays, workshops and studio crits. The workshop will consider working independently with artists or within organisational settings. Speakers working across academic and art world contexts will share their knowledge and experience, highlighting innovative case studies and advising on how to initiate and develop relationships with artists and artist groups, as well as art directors and programmers.


Emma Bolland is an artist and writer. Her work deals with the relationships between word and image, and with ’post-traumatic landscape’. Her material processes include drawing, moving image, and sound. She positions her written practice as ‘art work’, approaching papers and presentations as visual as well as textual narrative, mixing academic writing with ‘lyrical essay’ and memoir. She is part of the current Visiting Lecturer programme for the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (University of Dundee) MFA Art Society and Publics. Projects include the ongoing collaboration MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall (with curator Judit Bodor and artist Tom Rodgers. She is performing and presenting work as part of Shady Dealings With Language London, at Matt’s Gallery, and presenting at the Thinking With John Berger conference later this year.

Simon Morris is a conceptual writer and teacher. His work appears in the form of exhibitions, publications, installations, films, actions and texts which all revolve around the form of the book and often involve collaborations with people from the fields of art, creative technology, literature and psychoanalysis. In 2002, he founded the publishing imprint information as material. He is the author of numerous experimental books, including; Bibliomania (1998); The Royal Road to the Unconscious (2003); Re-Writing Freud (2005); Getting Inside Jack Kerouac’s Head (2010); and Pigeon Reader (2012). He is an occasional curator and a regular lecturer on contemporary art and also directed the documentary films sucking on words: Kenneth Goldsmith (2007) and making nothing happen: Pavel Büchler (2010).

Beth Williamson is a researcher and lecturer based in London. One strand of her current research ranges across the field of British art, psychoanalysis and pedagogy post-1950. Another strand is concerned with the making and reading of artists’ books and digital transformations. From 2009 until 2014 she was a post-doctoral Research Fellow on Tate’s Leverhulme-funded project ‘Art School Educated’. In 2012 she was Principal Investigator for the AHRC network ‘Transforming Artist Books’. She is now developing this research in her role as Visiting Scholar at University of the Arts London. She is a member of the AHRC Digital Reading Network and has two forthcoming articles on the work of book artist Helen Douglas. She is also completing her monograph on art theorist Anton Ehrenzweig to be published by Ashgate.

Tickets: £20 (including lunch and refreshments) Booking now closed.

Open to all and anyone welcome to attend.

Future workshops:


Previous Events:

'Public Engagement for Art Historians',
13 Feb 2014. Event Summary
'Using Social Media Usefully',
8 November 2013
'Freelance Lecturing',
8 October 2013
'Developing a Portfolio Career', 2 July 2013
'International Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities', 
12 February 2013,
‘Public Speaking Workshop for Art Historians’ 9th February 2012
'Copyright, Images and Digitisation' 25th October 2012

Making work at the International conference for research on design, 2011. Harik. Making work at the International conference for research on design, 2011. Harik.