DIY 9: 2012 was hugely successful. 240 artists took part in 14 different projects – one of which Platform worked on with Nicole Garneau. Platform is grateful to Live Art Development agency for convening the entire project, which led on to several fruitful creative connections and collaborations for us. By artists, for artists, you can get a flavour for all of the projects by visiting the tumblr and reading the report.
Nicole Garneau’s project Art-Oil-Numbers-Bodies-Love found creative routes into responding to the impact of oil. Participants’ responses to the weekend workshop were really positive. Comments included:
“[This workshop] has given me new mediums of articulation to explore and renewed hope for ideas that I haven’t quite managed to articulate. And a new set of tools to look retrospectively at work I have produced that I hadn’t been able to critically appraise. I feel like my creative portfolio just got a whole lot bigger.”
This video of short pieces of work was made as a way of communicating with artists in the Gulf of Mexico who were also making work in response to the BP oil spill disaster.
LADA’s report on the year’s projects tells how the project has grown:
“DIY supports artists to conceive and run inventive and unusual professional development projects for other artists. As an artist-led initiative, DIY is now recognized as a model of best practice which benefits the artistic and professional development of the participating artists and contributes to the skills and experiences of the artists who lead the projects. The 2012 Report both reflects the ways in which the development of a Live Art practice is as much about the exploration of ideas and experiences as training in skills and techniques, and also the adventurous and outlandish approaches artists are taking to ideas of professional development.