Building Communities through Open Art School with Emily Wakeling

02may12:00 pm1:00 pmBuilding Communities through Open Art School with Emily WakelingOnline webinar


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12pm – 1pm Thursday the 2nd May 2024

In a unique take on artist-run initiatives, ‘Open Art School’ was a program rather than a space. It began as a series of peer critiques, offered in response to regional Queensland’s lack of formal art training opportunities. By using a structured format based on Liz Lerman’s critical response method, artists could receive constructive, supportive feedback while participants invested themselves in the artist’s practice. The initiative had a short life in Mackay before covid-related disruptions and a relocation to Rockhampton, but its simple format has potential to be reborn in other locations.

In this webinar, founder of Open Art School, Emily Wakeling, runs through her background with artist-run initiatives in Japan and Australia, the ‘Open Art School’ concept, and will make the case for more peer critiques in regional arts communities.

Participants will learn about:

– Challenges for regional artists and how to overcome them

– Ways to respond and adapt to local art community needs

– A range of different ARI models, including Open Art School

What to Bring:

Please bring questions to discuss with Emily Wakeling. Flying Arts also recommends having note-taking materials on hand.

Additional Information:

This online session will be held via ClickMeeting a webinar broadcasting room. The webinar will be recorded and uploaded to Flying Arts’ YouTube after the program concludes.

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Additional Information

Your Facilitator: Emily Wakeling 

Emily Wakeling is a curator and art writer. She is Curator of Rockhampton Museum of Art, and previously held positions at Artspace Mackay, Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. As a University of Queensland graduate, Emily has a Masters in Art History via the thesis ‘Girls are dancin’: shojo culture and feminism in contemporary Japanese art’ (2010). Working across curating, art writing, and museum learning, Emily spent six years in Tokyo in multiple arts-related roles including Editor of the arts website Tokyo Art Beat. In Australia, she has been co-director of Brisbane art space Boxcopy; initiated curatorial projects for Metro Arts, Brisbane and Bus Projects, Melbourne; led peer critiques for Mackay artists; and been commissioned to curate for Japan Foundation Sydney. Emily is also a long-serving freelance writer who has contributed to Artforum, ArtAsiaPacific, Japan Times, Tokyo Art Beat, Art Review Asia, Real Tokyo, Eyeline and Art Monthly Australia.