Talking Practice was established in 2013, when staff at the School of Jewellery felt that, while they were doing some great things individually, there was little attempt to join the dots and make connections between projects in order to make something better and more exciting. We were interested in sharing our practice, making suggestions and critiquing approaches, finding partners to collaborate with and broadening the audience for our work. What started out as staff talking to each other about their work has expanded and – as well as home-grown speakers – we’ve featured talks from artists, academics, curators and researchers from further afield. Claudia Betancourt and Nano Pulgar from WALKA Studios, Chile, hold the record for the furthest travelled, so far, delivering their talk – ‘Islands or Archipelagos?’ – to a packed SoJ lecture theatre in February 2016.
Since November 2016, Talking Practice has partnered with Vittoria Street Gallery to introduce the work of artists exhibiting in the gallery space. Using a variety of formats – from quick fire pecha kuchas, artist talks and ‘in conversation’ events – we’ve invited artists and craftspeople to share insights into their creative practices, opening up a space for discussion and deepening the audience’s engagement with the work. Join the Vittoria Street Gallery mailing list for more information about upcoming events.
If you would be interested in contributing to our Talking Practice programme then contact Sian Hindle (firstname.lastname@example.org)