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UNSPOKEN RULES OF THE ART WORLD
A series of short online courses aimed at visual artists, curators and creative practitioners looking to bring a positive change to their art practices.
Running throughout 2023.
Generously sponsored by the SÛ Collection
Unspoken Rules of the Art World encourages participants to challenge the unspoken beliefs they carry with them, which can limit, rather than expand, an artist's experience of themselves and their creative process.
Featuring four short courses ⏤ Identity, Authority, Success, and Creating ⏤ participants are encouraged to act beyond limiting beliefs and pursue opportunities for their art practice that today feel unachievable. Each course lasts two weeks.
The sessions are open to participants across the globe and allow a diverse range of artists from different backgrounds to participate in all four courses or select the ones most relevant to them.
We invite all visual artists, curators, and creative practitioners around the world interested in participating in Unspoken Rules of the Art World to apply through our website. All successful applicants will have their tuition fees sponsored by the SÛ Collection.
UNSPOKEN RULES: IDENTITY
Explore who you are beyond the messages inherited throughout life, and choose your own rules for your art practice.
SESSION 1: Thursday, 23 March 2023, 5-7 pm (GMT)
SESSION 2: Thursday, 30 March 2023, 5-7pm (BST)Closed
UNSPOKEN RULES: AUTHORITY
An art teacher, a parent or an authority figure can leave unwanted marks. Let your artistic voice be heard, and speak your own rules for your art practice.
SESSION 1: Thursday, 25 May 2023, 5-7 pm (BST)
SESSION 2: Thursday, 1 June 2023, 5-7 pm (BST)Closed
UNSPOKEN RULES: SUCCESS
Explore your definition of success and how to keep in touch with your own values while seeking visibility in your artistic practice.
SESSION 1: Thursday, 21 September 2023, 5-7 pm (BST)
SESSION 2: Thursday, 28 September 2023, 5-7pm (BST)Closed
UNSPOKEN RULES: CREATING
Creating often feels at the intersection of the self, a sabotaging voice, and an impostor figure. Make space for your art practice's potential to emerge.
SESSION 1: Thursday, 2 November 2023, 5-7 pm (GMT)
SESSION 2: Thursday, 9th November 2023, 5-7pm (GMT)Apply
Francesca is the founder of ACT!, where she envisions, develops, and oversees our programmes and initiatives. She is Co-Chair of Tate Patrons, Founding Chair of the Foundation Maeght's International Council, and patron of other international institutions. She is also a Senior Lecturer at Sotheby's Institute and has been involved in online education since 2014.
Dana leads the Unspoken Rules of the Art World courses. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London. She obtained an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy from the Institute of Psychosynthesis/Middlesex University. Dana is a registered accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and has specialised in working with the creative community.
Josephine coordinates the Unspoken Rules of the Art World courses. An artist with a focus on art and science, she has a BA and MA in Fine Art from Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has exhibited work at Modern Art Oxford, the Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes and OVADA gallery, Oxford. In 2022 she was awarded a Develop your Creative Practice grant from the Arts Council, England.
GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY
Since the early 2000s, the SÛ Collection (Madrid/Berlin) has acquired numerous contemporary art works. Artists represented in the collection range from conceptual artists, such as Tino Sehgal, Ian Wilson, and Lawrence Weiner to sculptor, Eva Hesse. Works by younger artists including Marianna Simnett and Alain Urrutia are also part of the collection. It has also collaborated with museums and institutions all over the world such as Zhi Art Museum (China), Weserburg Museum of Modern Art (Bremen), Frac Lorraine (France) and Tensta Konnsthall (Sweden) among others, where some artworks have been exhibited or are currently on loan.
Alain Urrutia, B 2020. Oil on linen. 55 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and the SÛ Collection
To make contemporary practices more visible, with passion as its driving force, the SÛ Collection has been a keen supporter of ACT! since 2021, offering grants for artists to participate in 'Getting It Across: Communicating Your Art Practice.' This year, they have strengthened their support with 'Unspoken Rules of the Art World'.
A spokesman for the collection said: 'Buying art is a wonderful way to support artists and galleries. But the opportunity of education and allowing someone to be more confident can have a more lasting effect. We are thrilled to be involved in this special project, and hope participants embrace this opportunity wholeheartedly.'
How the Course Works
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ACT! offers online training programmes about practical issues in the art world and has already attracted over 200 participants from around the world since launching in 2021.
Francesca Bellini-Joseph, ACT! founder, said: 'Thanks to the generosity of the SÛ Collection, participants will overcome the many 'I shouldn'ts' and limiting thoughts common in the art world, feeling free to pursue new opportunities with confidence."