HOW TO: THRIVE AS ARTISTS, BUILD A FUTURE IN PRECARIOUS TIMES. NAVIGATE THE FIRST FEW YEARS AFTER ART SCHOOL. SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER, EAT LUNCH TOGETHER, START THINGS, BE BRAVE, TAKE A CAMPING TRIP, ASK FOR HELP, MAKE THINGS HAPPEN, KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND HOW TO TELL IT, GET MONEY, MAKE TIME, GET OUT THERE, STAY CONFIDENT, MESS IT UP, KEEP GOING, BE PRAGMATIC, DO BIG (& SMALL) THINGS, RUN PEER CRITS, CREATE TOOLKITS, WRITE APPLICATIONS, ORGANISE, STIR UP EXCITEMENT.
Now in its fifth year, Into the Wild is a free, year-long professional development programme for recent BA graduate artists. It aims to offer support and inspiration to artists in the early stages of their career and in need of practical advice on how to survive and thrive in the real world and develop their practice. Selected artists are up to 3 years out of BA and represent a diversity of practices from across the spectrum of colleges in London and further afield. The programme involves an 8 week (1 day a week) course crammed with talks and workshops by leading arts professionals, plus a year involving mentoring from Studio Members; exhibitions: publications and tool kits; curatorial support; and a residency. Residencies take place off-site, and are tailored to the participants in association with a plethora of exciting institutions. In previous years this has included The Horniman Museum, Wellcome Trust, Museum of Childhood, Guildhall Art Gallery, Natural History Museum, BBC World Service, ResonanceFM, Austin Desmond Fine Art and a team of conservators.
Into the Wild is led by artist Louise Ashcroft & Chisenhale Art Place's Artist Development Coordinator Rosie Hermon, in collaboration with the artists at Chisenhale Studios. The programme was conceived by Chisenhale Studio Members as a way of giving back and reaching out to new generations of artists.
Thank you to all our visitors and mentors for offering their time to support Into the Wild artists, and to the Chisenhale Studio Artists for their financial support and volunteering. Special thanks to Arts Council England who have assisted with funding Into the Wild for the past four years.