When BCC was first founded, we were excited to offer artist networking nights. These nights were for all kinds of artists: visual artists, musicians, writers, poets, actors, etc. and offered topics that crossed the boundaries of discipline and were useful to all creative entrepreneurs. These meetings tended to be small, 8-10 people, a good size, but as BCC grew, with part time staff, we simply couldn’t keep them going.
Through member feedback, the BCC board has committed to offering more of these artist gathering events, for example, for members that are sites on the Cultivate Fall Tour, there will be a gathering following the tour and in November there will be a pot-luck gathering open to all. Stay tuned for dates!
BCC encourages these gatherings to be artist led and we are looking for co-hosts for upcoming gatherings. If you have an idea for a topic, venue or event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to make it happen. Some topics that are of initial interest are: crowd-funding, social media and documenting work.
There are many benefits of meeting and getting together with other artists.
- Meeting other artists inspires you to do your own work.
- Artists know about upcoming shows and other artist opportunities.
- If your peers know about what you are working on, they can recommend you for exhibits.
- You can share supplier lists, books, techniques, resources, or other work that inspires you.
- Collaboration! Collaboration, working on projects with other artists or professionals from various fields, offers all kinds of rewards. The Belfast Poetry Festival has been matching up poets and visual artists for ten years now. The Piano Roll Project has a great review on how artist led projects and collaborations between artists are changing how exhibits are created.
Please consider joining our next artist gathering night and contact us if you would like to be a co-host. Co-hosts are eligible for the BCC volunteer discount on membership!