In light of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on an already precarious sector, how can we maintain artists’ access to practice, research and skills development once we pass this acute phase?
Recent events have driven a serious urgency in considering how our leading artists can be sustained during a truly perilous time for our arts and cultural industry. This, Bureau of Works’ first donor circle, invites you to join me in supporting the artists in our ‘constellation’ to continue their professional practice and research activities throughout 2020.
THINKING TIME will offer artists the following:
– Paid time to think, research, develop, make and reflect
– Paid time for professional and skills development
– Open-ended artistic research, with no public outcomes or deliverables attached
By raising funds for this initiative, we hope to support at least 5 artists or small groups with these at-home, flexible residencies throughout 2020.
We will apply a ‘triage’ approach to initial support, prioritising those artists and projects with no financial support and most in need of immediate assistance to ensure their access to practice.
Each artist will be offered producing support by Erin Milne, Executive Producer of Bureau of Works, in whatever form most useful and relevant to the artist.
My passion is for new voices, new form, timely and relevant work. A foundation of confirmed financial support will give Bureau of Works’ constellation of artists the capacity to reflect, respond and create within this challenging but potent time and place.
How will we make sense of all of this?
Will new artistic forms emerge?
What new contexts might evolve to support contemporary practice?
Your donation will directly support all of us, as independent practitioners, to continue to work, and contribute to the future of our arts and cultural landscape.