Portfolio Career Workshop

Freelance & Independent Workshop Series - Developing a Portfolio Career

AAH Freelance & Independents Workshop Series
Freelance Art History: Developing a Portfolio Career

Tuesday 2nd July 2013 10.00am - 3.30pm
The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC 1M 6EJ

Members £40, Concessions £30, Non-Members £55

An increasingly common way of developing a career in the arts is to build a varied portfolio of contract and project work. For art historians this often involves temporarily letting go of specialist pursuits and honing their transferable skills. Freelance practice produces a more individual, distinct and varied CV and adds versatility, or even ingenuity, to its list of skills. However, it is important to be able to pull diverse experiences together and present a coherent narrative that is mindful of more long-term forms of employment. Working successfully as a freelance art historian involves self-management, networking, collaborating, and in some cases, self-initiated project work. This event sets out to provide inspiration and introductory advice on building and managing a freelance career by giving an overview of different contexts and types of work.

Matt Price
Matt Price is an editor, curator and writer. In editing, he has worked for Hans Ulrich Obrist, Flash Art International, ArtReview, the Serpentine Gallery, Phaidon, Rizzoli, Hatje Cabtze and Frieze. He also has published in a-n, Art Monthly, Modern Painters and Frieze. His curatorial work includes ‘Sound in Z’ for the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; ‘Works on Paper’ at Plan B, Berlin; ‘The Witching Hour’ for Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; and ‘Some Domestic Incidents’ at Prague Biennale 5. Matt will speak about his own experience of freelance working over a number of years with an emphasis on the importance of networking.

Frances Follin
Frances Follin co-founded Genesys Editorial Ltd in 1995, editing and managing the production of financial and business publications. In 2000 she took on production management of The Journal of Design History, and editorial and production work on The Art Book magazine. Since 2003 she has worked through a second company, Genesys Consultants Ltd, a part owner of Cassone: The International Online Magazine of Art and Art Books. She works on Visual Culture in Britain, and has copy edited art historical books for individual clients. Frances will address some of the practicalities of freelance work such as liaising with clients and finance management.

Richard Dyer
News editor and London correspondent for Contemporary magazine for nearly ten years, Richard Dyer is now an editor at Third Text, Art Editor of Wasafiri, and a corresponding editor on Ambit. He has published in Third Text, Contemporary, Frieze, Flash Art, Art Review, Art Press, The Independent, The Guardian and Time Out. His latest publications are Magne Furuholmen: Alpha Beta, (2013) Ben Turnbull: Truth Justice and the American Way (2012) and ‘On the Construction of an Artistic Identity through Diverse Practice’ in Identities/Identiteetit (2012). His major monograph Making the (In)visible in the Work of Mark Francis was published in 2008. Richard will talk about the differences between academic writing and the types of writing needed for freelance work in the arts.

Places are limited to 30 and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.