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Learning how the contemporary visual art world works, one conversation at a time. How does the visual art world work? I don’t know either, so I will ask the people that work in the industry and try to learn how the contemporary visual art world functions and hopefully be able to take their insight and experiences and learn how we can make a living from our artwork. Hosted by Matthew Dols

Learning how the contemporary visual art world works, one conversation at a time. How does the visual art world work? I don’t know either, so I will ask the people that work in the industry and try to learn how the contemporary visual art world functions and hopefully be able to take their insight and experiences and learn how we can make a living from our artwork. Hosted by Matthew Dols


Czech Republic


Learning how the contemporary visual art world works, one conversation at a time. How does the visual art world work? I don’t know either, so I will ask the people that work in the industry and try to learn how the contemporary visual art world functions and hopefully be able to take their insight and experiences and learn how we can make a living from our artwork. Hosted by Matthew Dols






Curator at Tromsø Kunstforening, Vsevolod Kovalevskij (Lithuania + Norway)

We discuss: life in the arctic circle, the role of artist statements, art in public places, aesthetics, artistic concepts, artist run spaces, the importance of context, art vocabulary, defining success, context, do not be bitter People + Places mentioned: New Mineral Collective - Orlan - Amanda Marchand - 2 artists he is looking at: Kara Walker -...


Transient Conceptual Assembly Artist, Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir (Iceland + Germany)

We discussed: Social media, #artistsupportpledge, Art commissions, how to preserve a performance, Career goals, Art storage, writing about art, Why, and Funding. People + Places mentioned: Icelandic Neopagan Organization - Ásatrúarfélagið - Franklin Furnace - The Living Art Museum - Dieter Rot - Mark Van Proyen - 3 artist she is looking at: Mike...


Sculptor + Collaborative Artist, Eva Isleifs (Reykjavík, Iceland)

We discuss: what we have done right and what we have done wrong in our careers, creating her own biennale, gentrification, artist salaries, Artist fees, collaborative artmaking, and Feminism. People + places mentioned: Staðir / Places Biennale - The Book of Icelanders - Íslendingabók - A-DASH - Snehta residency - Noemi Niederhauser - Catriona Gallagher -...


Sexism in the Art World - a panel discussion

Panelists: - Professor Sussan Babaie, Professor in the Arts of Iran and Islam, The Courtauld Institute of Art - Dr Kate McMillan, FHEA, Lecturer in Contemporary Arts, Kings College London - Director Niamh Coghlan, Richard Saltoun Gallery We discussed: defining sexism maternity being a parent in the creative industry why art by a woman is valued lower then art by a man the small things that add up over time discrimination quotas unconscious bias the value of personal narratives the invisible...


Director of Bergen Kunsthall, Axel Wieder (Norway)

We discuss: definition of Kunsthall, Arts funding in Norway, political art, collectable art, how he finds new artists, professional networks, artist statements, art should encourage conversation. People + Places mentioned: Julia Stoschek Collection - Friedrich Christian Flick Collection - 3 artists he is looking at: Joar Nango - Sandra...


Intellectual Property + Art Lawyer, Guna Freivalde, AMG Attorneys (Belgium)

We discuss: what makes a contract legally binding, definition of intellectual property, appropriation, street art, trademarks, authenticity, Forgery, reparations, arbitration, authenticity, paper trails, estate planning, protecting your interests, moral rights, NFT, and Money Laundering. People + places mentioned: Jeff Koons - Centre Pompidou - Bansky - Geese sculpture in shopping mall -...


Painter + Illustrator, Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir (Iceland)

We discussed: Artist Salaries in Iceland, The Icelandic art scene, how she made international connections, the freedom of working on paper, sales not being the point of artwork, the difficulty of editing your artwork, artist statements, the benefits of using cheap materials, finding the right materials, artist fees, artist being paid to install exhibitions, artist salaries in Iceland, becoming bitter is the death of an artist. People + Places mentioned: The Glasgow School of Art -...


Sound Artist, Per Platou (Norway)

We discussed: are we ahead of the curve or behind the curve, the importance of juxtaposition in works of art, questioning 'how' and 'why', the value of working collaboratively, the importance of resistance, serendipity, the benefits of constructive criticism, copyright and sampling, Fair Use laws, art is not made in a vacuum, NFT art, creating an artist residency, and Arts funding in Scandinavia. 3 artist that inspire him: James Turrell - Kid Koala -...


Art Conservator, Restorer + Painter, Tomáš Lahoda (Czech Republic)

We discussed: signature artistic styles, series vs cycle of artwork, the value of publishing a monograph, archival materials, master apprentice relationships, private vs public schools, use of technology in art restoration. People + Places mentioned: Art in America - Artforum - Polychrome - Tom Wesselmann - Robert Motherwell -...


Copyright + Licensing Attorney, Joshua Kaufman, Venable LLP (USA)

We Discuss: the definition of Intellectual property, different types of IP - copyright, trademark, patent, right of publicity, and trade secrets, copyright comes with creation, ideas are not protected, the expression of an idea is protected, trademarks begin when your product enters commerce, trademarks last as long as they are actively being used, click licenses, when you use something free you are the product, termination rights, template contracts are good for everything and they are good...


Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Munch Museum, Tominga O’Donnell (Oslo, Norway)

We discussed: - How she finds new artists - Using social media as a shop window - her queer curatorial approach - her broad definition of queer - the history of the Munch Museum - physical exhibitions versus virtual exhibitions - NFT art - government support of the arts in Norway - our concerns of post pandemic support for the arts - museum storage and conservation - legacy planning - how to archive curatorial practices - stay strong People + Places mentioned: Whitechapel Gallery -...


Art Researcher and Auction Specialist, Suzy Sikorski, Mid East Art + Christies (Dubai, UAE)

We discussed: - how she found her interest in Middle Eastern Art - how she received a Fulbright Scholarship - instagram as an archive - middle eastern art in the world market - how an auction house sources the art - a day in the life of an auction specialist - why she chose the UAE to research - self-categorising and sub-categorisation - her desire enjoyment of being part of the conversation - what is missing in the art scene People + Places mentioned: Christie's -


Sculptor + Installation Artist, David Spriggs (Canada)

We discussed: - how he came to his technique - having an artistic style - his desire to create work that requires time to experience - the importance of high quality documentation of your artwork - how he funds his art - being screwed over by art galleries - social media has made art more entertainment - prices paid for art changes art history - NFT art - how being a parent affected his art career - the difficulty of having to write about his artwork - 'Power' being a core concept of his...


Multi-Disciplinary Artist, Mat Collishaw (UK)

We discussed: - the appreciation for rituals - without gravity you have no grace - his desire to create structures and the perversion of the structures - how he comes up with his concepts - outsourcing production of art work - how he funds his art creation - his choice to not have a consistent style or brand - storage and shipping of large scale artworks - his position on NFT art People + Places mentioned: Christadelphians - Galleria Borghese -...


Curator, Critic + Conceptual Artist, Lexa Peroutka (Czech Republic)

We discussed: - how to balance being a curator, critic, and artist - Arts funding in Europe - artistic freedom - the politics of arts funding - good and bad money funding the arts - every choice has some form of detrimental effects - ethics in Arts funding - Artists fees and other forms of paying artists a living wage - how the art world is broken - the roles of art galleries versus art institutions - the younger generation not being engaged in the art world - does being older create art...


Corporate Curator at the General Mills Art Collection, Lisa Melander (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

We discuss: - how she got a job as a corporate curator - how corporate collections find art and artists - their art collection is for the enjoyment of the employees not as investments - their effort to continually keep the collection contemporary - the relationship of art and architecture - art conservation in corporate collections - their mission as a corporate art collection - buying art with frames or without frames - the importance of a thank you note - the need for more diversity in art...


Multi Media Artist, Tricia Wright (New York, USA)

We discuss: - being an expat artist - how being a parent affected her career - Feminism in the art world - how covid affected her studio practice - Public Art - the tradition of working in a style - the lack of coherent movements in contemporary art - the increased speed of the artworld - artist statements - the amount of sales should not equate to quality People + Places mentioned: Dieu Donné - Pollock-Krasner Foundation - Arts Mid-Hudson -...


Co-founders of Assembly, Ashlyn Davis Burns + Shane Lavalette (USA)

We discuss: - blending together a gallery, agency, and creative studio - looking to fix broken parts of the art world - a holistic approach to the needs of artists - grant funding - how they choose artists to work with - the importance of community - advocacy and ethics in photography - is there still need for a photographic 'style'? - the importance of authenticity 4 artist that inspire them: Pacifico Silano - Fumi Ishino - Alejandro...


Textile + Multi Media Artist, Petra Gupta Valentová (Czech Republic, India + USA)

We discuss: - the importance of relationships in her work - having a multi cultural work, life, and family - the need for more ethical practices in art - post colonial aesthetics - the importance of collaboration and empathy in her work - trying to remove the ego from art - advocacy for women artists - gentrification - her cookbook as artistic performance - storing her artwork - Indian food People + Places mentioned: Františka Ševčíková Gilman -...


Action + Multimedia Artist, Lumír Hladík (Canada + Czech Republic)

We discussed: - What it means to be a professional artist - Being rediscovered after decades - Everything influences everything - Speaking the language of things - what is art? - the art system - being a late bloomer - the need for time and distance - fleeing communism in 1981 - his connection to nature - including randomness and chance in art making - biointervention art - interspecies art - cult of personality - the algorithm - envying your younger self - viewers being impressed by...