Reflections and Resolutions

It’s that time of year again where I choose to reflect on the past years goals and make new ones.  I had a quick browse amongst my posts and only really had one goal which I set for myself last year, which was to work towards being a full time artist.

Hmmm not sure I’m there yet but the progress I’ve made to getting myself there has been immense.  In fact in some way I think perhaps I have achieved it.  At the beginning of the year I had been made redundant in my job as a part time volunteer co-ordinator, but managed to get some project management work until April.  Then I got the job I’m doing now which is managing a creative studio part time as well as managing a public art project.  Even though this work isn’t directly working as an artist, it is contributing towards my professional development and I am much better connected amongst other artists and arts organisations and funders than ever before.  So I would say that is mega progress.  On the other side of the coin is my practice.  Balancing a job (that pays the bills) and my work has been a real struggle, yet still I have achieved:

  • Established a relationship with a gallery through a supported artist programme
  • Three solo exhibitions in the region
  • Series of workshops in an empty shop
  • Working towards my first publication
  • Press featured in three regional publications
  • Included in exhibiting at a major art fair
  • Exhibited at Glasgow International Book Fair
  • Joined Axis

When you put it like that, it’s pretty good isn’t it?  Okay so this year has been pretty fantastic!  It makes me realise how important it is to reflect on the years achievements.  So with that in mind, it would be a good idea to list a few things that didn’t go so well…

  • Unsuccessful application to Northern Futures Prize (but out of this, was asked by Axis director to join Axisweb)
  • Unsuccessful application to David Canter Memorial Fund
  • A couple of opportunities that didn’t get realised including a restaurant and hotel commission (what can I do to make this successsful for me in the future?)
  • Unsuccessful application to public art commission in Canada – I was probably punching above my weight to be fair

Righto, onto next years goals.  For me, I really would like to look at opportunities outside of the region and abroad of possible, though that last one might be something for 2012.  I’d like to have or be working towards an offer of

  • one solo exhibition outside of the region
  • one group exhibition outside of the region
  • A paid residency to develop new work
  • Regular income from workshops or sales of work
  • Attendance of at least one artist book fair outside of the region
  • Development of new project Artist Book Mentoring Scheme
  • Publication
  • One public art commission

That’s quite a bit actually, but I think I need to challenge myself more than ever now.  The first two goals are in progress at the moment and hopefully I’ll have some good news about them at the end of January.  Fingers crossed.

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