Open Forum 2016 was a series of FREE events for practicing visual artists offering advice and support. Artists were given the option to discuss their work in a one to one session with either Emma Hill from the Eagle Gallery or Matt Roberts from Matt Roberts Arts, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 to create opportunities for artists in new locations and contexts.
The one to one’s focused on commercial practice and funding. This was followed up by a panel discussion the following day at The Higgins Bedford for the opportunity to speak with experienced curators, artists and gallery directors about your artistic practice.
Emma Hill (Eagle gallery)
Catherine Hemelryk (NN Contemporary Art)
Alex Michon (Transition gallery)
Chaired by Matt Roberts
The aim of Open Forum was to provide advice to artists in regions where the commercial sector is less visible.
Emma Hill, owner of the Eagle Gallery, London. Established in 1991, their founding principle was to support emerging artists and over the last 20 years it has exhibited work by many individuals who are now recognised internationally.
Catherine Hemelryk, Artistic Director of NN Contemporary, a consultant curator for public art with Plan Projects and Expert Panel member of OPUN.
The event was chaired by Matt Roberts.
Each panellist presented a case study of how they have supported an artist, and helped them to establish themselves, followed by a Q&A with the audience about artists development.