MASTERCLASS - "Where Are You and What Next?" - Mandy Fowler
Jan 18, 2020 at 10:00 — 16:00 (GMT)
Mandy will lead an energetic practical masterclass, drawing upon her wealth of experience, that will help you navigate the world of opportunities for your practice. It will help you to understand how to position your practice so that it is relevant to a range of opportunities, how to map your current network and mine it for those opportunities to advance your practice, how to expand your networks and opportunities and how to create your own ‘roadmap’- getting from where you are now, to where you would like to be in the future. This session will help you navigate the world of galleries (both commercial and public spaces), other exhibiting opportunities and delivering self-initiated routes.
ACCESS: The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have any access needs.
Mandy Fowler is an independent cultural consultant, curator and producer working in contemporary visual arts with both galleries and artists. She has worked with institutions such as National Portrait Gallery, National Trust, English Heritage and National Museum of Wales (Cardiff) and major Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations including Nottingham Contemporary, The Whitworth, Turner Contemporary, Modern Art Oxford and Firstsite as well as with the commercial gallery Hauser & Wirth.
She has recently worked with artists Lubaina Himid (winner of the Turner Prize 2017) and John Akomfrah (winner of Artes Mundi prize 2016), developing the national tours of their work, that led to these major prize nominations and wins. She is also an Advisor for Arts Council of Wales, working across their visual arts portfolio and sits on the advisory group for New Art West Midlands.
Mandy also mentors creative professionals at all stages of their careers, especially at early points in their careers. She describes her work primarily as ‘strategic bookending’ –
developing creative projects and ideas, making them relevant to a range of stakeholders (including funders and investors) so that they can be realised, evaluating and assessing what has been achieved and identifying the next steps to be taken. She has a particular interest in the intersection between creativity and the human condition, both in the historic and contemporary, and in bringing together a plurality of creative voices from all backgrounds.
Prior to working on an independent basis, Mandy managed an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and worked in the corporate world.