201MC – Weekly Diary (Tutorial Record Form)
Within this module, every Wednesday starting from the 14th October, we were given classes on what we needed to do, any help throughout our process of this assignment, and additional meetings from the exhibition that we would have been running. Here are some notes and context to each session I attended. I kept these notes to allow me to highlight what we were taught on each day, and I could go back and answer any questions that I was stuck on.
Week 1: 14th October 2015
We were introduced to the module and its requirements. During the duration of the module, we needed to run an exhibition of our choice. Alongside this, also comes a 1000 word reflection which we needed to write about the module as a whole. To start off this module, we thought about the different types of exhibitions ideas and what we wanted to do. Everyone discussed their own ideas, and we picked the best four. Then the class decided which one they wanted to be a part of, which split the class into four small groups.
Week 2: 21st October 2015
This week we discussed in our groups what the roles are that is needed to make a successful exhibition happen. We discussed in our groups what roles are appropriate for our exhibition and who wanted what role. Main roles included, venue finder, promotion, project manager, funding, contacting models/photographers/designers. We thought that we needed funding more than anything to start our exhibition planning. We knew that we couldn’t pay models, photographers or designers for their contributions, so this made it harder to recruit helpers. However, we needed money to fund important things such as printing and hiring a venue. So we needed to find funding from somewhere. This was our task to find for the next session.
After discussing the roles, we allocated them to members of the team.
Evan – Promo, social media, marketing
Rachel – Funding, documenting, and video making of backstage.
Charlotte – Communicating to different companies about exhibition, social media.
Beth – Contact and find venue.
Lily – Project manager, keeping in contact with designers/photographers and models.
Chris – Photographer, technition on the night.
Week 3: 4th November 2015
Today we were given a talk from Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman. Allayer Sikoki-Coleman is the curator of Lagos Photo. She was a pleasure to listen to, she gave me confidence to get in touch with different companies and how to go about doing so. She also gave me motivation with my own photography, listening to another photographer talk about her own works reflects in my own positivity within my work. In her talk she discussed her own work, here are my notes from this.
- How to find and get in touch with new artists? Make a network around the people interested in the same things as you – this will grow and grow and you will get in touch with new people. Visit museums and galleries and start talking to people.
- How to get work?
- Put yourself out there.
- The photo becomes the art, not the subject in it.
- Get criticisms. Anything you do and make in life gets criticised, so make it into a positive thing and learn from them.
- Create a portfolio to advertise yourself! Let everyone view you work. Someone will like it.
- Remember everyone is human, no one is scary and more powerful than you.
- Only send your work to people who you think should know about you. Get involved in work that you find interesting.
- Everyone starts off as a small part of the industry, it depends how much you want to be big.
- Everyone is looking for university students on board – they want fresh new people on their team, its cheap for them, new talent.
- Play with what you create
- Attend free workshops at university, you won’t get them again
- Work experience and internships are good to get you in the industry
- People won’t come and find you, you are the one who need to start looking
- Be interested in what you are doing. If you’re not, no one else will
- What makes you different to anyone else
- Keep an eye out for what is out there in the industry.
- Never limit yourself to one type of art form.
Week 4: 11th November 2015
Not much to talk about this week. We had a session discussing the engagement part of this module, and the requirements this led to. We need to include and school or college within the day of our exhibition. This involvement can be anything, as long as it relates to our exhibition and beneficial to our guests. For example, teaching them about photography and how it is important.
Week 5: 18th November 2015
This week we had another artist talk from James Canon. James showed his work and informed us on what is it like to be in the industry. The main thing I took from his talk was that you need a portfolio that was specific for the career you wanted to be in. There is no point having landscape photography if you are applying for studio work. He also discussed that companies will (sometimes) not give you enough time to edit images. If you are an event photographer, your employer will more than likely want the pictures the day you took them on. Also, do more than what your employer asked for – This is how you will get noticed and asked to stay on and do more work for them.
Week 6: 25th November 2015
This week we had a talk from creative futures. Within this talk showed me how a placement can help us for the future and what you could learn from it. A sheet was also provided to me filled with a list of potential placements I could get in touch with. Creative futures is also situated in the hub, so if in need of any help, go to them.
Week 7: Christmas Break
Week 8: 6th January 2016
This session was just a catch up to see where each group was at with their exhibition planning. Each group stood in front of the class and talked about the aspects of the exhibition which they have done so far, and have yet to do. This was very helpful as it highlighted what I could do within my exhibition group. For example, I may have forgotten something which was a vital aspect of an exhibition. After discussing as a class, we then talked to Matt and he suggested some things we needed to think about. Such as, we needed something for our guests at the exhibition to take home. So that they won’t forget what they have just attended.
Week 9: 17th February
In this session, we discuss with Antony about the community involvement aspect of the exhibition. What do we need to talk to the school pupils about and how we can engage them to talk to us about photography. We need to do a workshop with the students to allow them to learn from us, and that they can go home knowing something they didn’t know before talking to us. Antony gave us examples on what we could talk about and how this may engage them into photography.
- Talk about the planning and preparation of an exhibition. What were the things that worked and what didn’t? How did you resolve these issues? What have you learnt from this exhibition? What will you take away? Would you do anything differently?
- Introduce them to the body of work that is showcased at the exhibition. This will help them identify what genre of photography they enjoy.