neil cummings

For the love of it

I participated in a one-day conference For the love of it which explored some of the assumptions, expectations and myths about working as an artist today.

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Date: Wednesday 15 May 2013
Location: Cecil Sharp House,
Booking: Tickets on sale now at £40 includes lunch and refreshments.

With contributions from Professor Lynda Morris, Sonia Boyce, Tom Freshwater, Rona Lee , Doug Fishbone, David Blandy, Edwina Fitzpatrick, The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home and Ellie Harrison


With Amy Feneck, and Sophie Hope, I was responsible for convening a special workshop on.....

Value - We collectively explored how artists evaluate their roles, and also how these evaluations - for example, financial, political or emotional, based in labour and/or time, mesh or conflict with other evaluative economies.

Amy, Sophie and I began the session by ascertaining who had paid, who had not, and who was being paid to attend the event.

We then posed the question "What do you Value about being an Artist"?

We broke into working groups and began participatory listening exercises, followed by croudsouced answers. It was fascinating.

After forty minutes, we reconvened to collectively account for the values we had traced circulating amongst the various participants.

Trash is TreasureIn preparation for the workshop, I found this report Value, Measure, Sustainability from Common Practice very useful.

There were also sessions on; Research – on artists curiosity inside or outside of institutions, Success – on how we might evaluate achievement, and finally Collectivity – on how artists and audiences work with or against one another.






  • 10.00-10.30am Registration
  • 10.30-10.45am Welcome address
  • 10.45-11.15am Lynda Morris
  • 11.15-11.45am Break
  • 11.45-13.00am Workshop sessions: Value and Research
  • 13.00-14.00am Lunch
  • 14.00-14.30am Sonia Boyce
  • 14.30-15.45am Workshop sessions: Collectivity and Success
  • 15.45-16.15am Break
  • 16.15-16.45am Polemic: Ellie Harrison
  • 16.45-17.30am Drinks
For the love of it was co-curated by Cecilia Wee.


Related events include counter cartographies, related to Tracing Values and the Geneva Exchange



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