Jamboree is a new residential workshop format developed by LOW PROFILE which aims to foster a peer network of artists who are invested in each other’s practices, providing useful and supportive connections; provide a focused professional development opportunity and maximise energy and resources, by gathering a group of artists together from across the country to share knowledge, practice and networks.
Jamboree #1: Plymouth
The first edition of Jamboree was held in Plymouth over 3 days (Nov 2015), with 16 artist participants (selected from 6 artist run associate schemes from across the UK) and guest curator Martin Clark (Director, Bergen Kunsthall & Artistic Director, Art Sheffield).
Jamboree #1: Plymouth participants:
Laura Phillips / Laurie Lax / lewdjaw / Rosie O’ Grady / Emmie Mcluskey / Jamie Kane / Aly Grimes / Jason Pinder / Lauren Heckler / Clare Charles / Beth Kettel / Emma Sumner / Clara Casian / Marcy da Silva Saude / Ryan Curtis / Norman Buchan
Over 3 days, participants camped out at Plymouth Arts Centre to share details of their practice, engage in group place-mapping tasks (identifying and sharing opportunities and resources relating to their own locales and developing new ways to support each other’s practices), provocations led by guest curator (Martin Clark), go-sees to visit Plymouth’s visual arts institutions and special presentations from experts in other fields (Neil Rose & Shaun Lewin). All of this took place in a communal social atmosphere, where the artists ate, slept and worked alongside each other in close proximity.
As part of Jamboree #1: Plymouth, LOW PROFILE and PAC Home held a public screening event, presenting work (selected via an open call) of artists’ video work by associate artists of Jamboree’s partner Associate Schemes.
Jamboree #1: Plymouth BLOG
Artist Julie McCalden joined the workshop as a reporter/blogger on behalf of a-n. LOW PROFILE, Martin Clark and the participants all contributed to the blog creating an important document of the weekend.
- Read Clara Casian, Beth Kettel & Emma Sumner’s (CG Associates) reflections here…
- Read Laurie Lax, Laura Phillips & lewdjaw’s (Spike Associates) reflections here…
- Read Jason Pinder’s (WARP) reflections here…
PHOTO CREDITS: Dom Moore & Vickie Fear
What has been happening as a result of Jamboree #1?
One year on, the Jamboree #1 cohort have been busy making the most of their new connections, insights and understanding in a range of different ways, including field-trips, studio visits, meet-ups, exhibitions, new opportunities & residencies.
Marcy Saude became a member of BEEF (a film and sound collective supporting experimental practice in Bristol); Ryan Curtis had an exhibition with Richard Fox & Emily Tilzey at East Bristol Contemporary; Norm Buchan secured a PAC Home Project Grant and invited Emmie Mcluskey & Jamie Kane to take part in a group show he organised for Plymouth Art Weekender; Laura Philips showed her work alongside Georgia Gendall, Jaf Yusuf, Anya Stewart-Maggs & Mayra Martin Ganzinotti at East Bristol Contemporary; Laurie Lax made and showed new work for a group exhibition at STRYX (an artist-led space in Birmingham); Norm Buchan, Jamie Kane & Beth Kettel did Instagram Residencies with EBC… and the list goes on!
Artists LOW PROFILE have developed Jamboree in partnership with PAC Home, Plymouth Arts Centre’s associate programme with the aim of expanding regional/national networks for artists and visibility of artists based ‘in the regions’; creating a social environment for sharing; supporting the potential of long lasting connections and to provide useful professional contacts and connections.
Jamboree examines the potential and importance of a regionally dispersed, but connected model, that aims to seriously and proactively support artists practices.
Jamboree is produced and facilitated by LOW PROFILE, developed in partnership with PAC Home (Plymouth Arts Centre’s associate programme) and with the generous support of a-n and Plymouth Culture, in addition to the six main partners: PAC Home and Plymouth Arts Centre (Plymouth), Spike Associates and Spike Island (Bristol), WARP and g39 (Cardiff), Extra Special People and Eastside Projects (Birmingham), CG Associates and Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), Glasgow Sculpture Studios (Glasgow).
IMAGE CREDIT: Emma Bush