Make Practice Perfect

Make Practice Perfect is a event hosted by CVAN EM about the process and practice of making art with discussions from many creative backgrounds

This event will consider how we make art and maintain an art practice, where we turn for help in the process and practice of making art, if we are looking in the right places and whether we need look at all.

Aimed at artists, students and academics, as well a non-practising public, this daylong event discusses how, where and why we produce art works today, what are the barriers to production and how we may overcome them through our working methods and accessing relevant networks and resources.

Our contributors will include:

  • Conohar Scott – lecturer in photographic theory and a practicing artist at the School of Media & Film, University of Lincoln
  • Daniel Sean Kelly – artist, co-director of Two Queens and School of the Damned student 2017
  • Joanne Lee – photographer, writer, researcher and publisher and Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Mark Smith – Executive Director, Axisweb
  • Roma Piotrowska – Exhibitions Manager, Ikon Gallery
  • CVAN EM Document artists (Andrew Bracey, Geoff Litherland, Jessica Harby, Kajal Nisha Patel, Tim Shore, Tracey Kershaw)


10am  Registration

10.15 Welcome - Ashley Gallant, Collections Access Officer Contemporary Art and Elizabeth Hawley, CVAN EM Coordinator

10.30  What do artists need to make work? – CVAN EM Document artists

11.10  Procrastination: preparation, perfection and excuses - Joanne Lee
11.50 What stops us making and why? What are the barriers to making work?

12.30  Lunch

1.15 Do we need an art education? – Daniel Sean Kelly

1.55  Beyond the gallery practice – Mark Smith

2.35 Art and capital, does art need money to be produced? - Conohar Scott

3.15  Refreshment break

3.30  Useful art, self organisation and user generated content – Roma Piotrowska

4.10 What helps us make and how? What do we need in the region?

4.45pm  Closing comments

Dizzy Ink will lead a workshop in Nottingham on for Make.Practice.Perfect attendees to collaboratively create a two colour beak zine, featuring a set of principles and actions agreed on at the event and a design of their own using content from the event. The workshop will be open to all attendees of the Make.Practice.Perfect. There will be a limited number of places, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. It will be free to attend the workshop.

Refreshments and lunch are included. Booking for this event is essential.

Book tickets here.