The programme has been announced for the upcoming Jamboree, the four day artist-led professional development and networking event that has been devised and created by artist duo LOW PROFILE in partnership with Plymouth College of Art.
Jamboree 2018 will take place from the 28th June – 1st July at the Dartington Estate in Devon. It is an artist-led project focused on offering a space for artists and curators to make new productive relationships and share practice in a critically engaged, supportive environment. The 4 day event will draw together 150+ artists, curators and programmers from across the UK for an intensive weekend of talks, workshops, walks, exhibitions, seminars, screenings and an artist shop.
Jamboree aims to support the development of a geographically dispersed, national network of artists and curators. It’s programme is participant-built; with attending artists and curators leading seminars, 20:20 talks, walk & talks, communal making sessions and contributing to a moving image screening programme, an exhibition of miniatures, and the camp shop which sells artists multiples. This practice-focussed approach to Jamboree means that artist’s and curator’s current concerns are platformed; sharing experiences, exchanging skills, testing out ideas, and broadening the reach of their work.
The Communal Making sessions explore an element of an artist’s practice that benefits from group making or participation. Participation may entail attendees physically supporting the making or production of a work, or can be through participating as performers, bodies etc. This programme includes ‘Sonorous Stones’ led by AJ Stockwell, where a human-geologic choir will work with ceramic instruments cast from stones.
The Video and Moving Image Screenings give artists & curators an opportunity to share moving image work or project documentation with other participants. The programme includes ‘Kangaroo Beach’ by Simon Bayliss, a video work featuring a disconcerting collection of appropriated footage of muscular, buck kangaroos set to the artist’s own dance music composition.
20:20 talks offer a quickfire intro to visual artists, curators, programmers & arts organisers and their arts practice and projects. Talks include Rosalie Schweiker on ‘mince art vs. sausage art’, Sophie Bullock on ‘the artist as mediator between the public and the institution’, and Claire Tindale on ‘the use of the ‘miniature’, or ‘model’, as the mechanism for exploring physical and psychological spaces’.
Walk and Talks are artist or curator-led, mobile (walking, moving, pausing) outdoor discussion groups, focused on specialist subject areas, topics or obsessions that surround, come from, or informs their practice. Alice White’s ‘Word Up’ will ask if it’s possible to use a song’s lyrics as a curatorial framework within contemporary art (paying particular attention to 80s and 90s guilty pleasures).
Attendees will be invited to bring scaled-down or more portable aspects of their practices to participate in an informal table-top exhibition, with drop in sessions for attendees to meet and get to know each other’s work. Participants are also be invited to sell small scale affordable artworks, limited editions and ephemera in the Jamboree Camp Shop.
Alongside this, Jamboree founders LOW PROFILE have invited a range of artists & curators to lead structured seminars, focused on workshopping specific areas of interest, themes or creative processes. This series will include Céline Condorelli discussing her work as an artist, as an educator at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) Milan, and as one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK and Alistair Hudson (Director Manchester Art gallery and the Whitworth, formerly Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), discussing the concept of the Useful Museum, as an institution dedicated to the promotion of art as a tool for education and social change.