Featuring an honest conversation about the visible and invisible obstacles that limit artistic careers, including the role of class, gender and race, the workshop will also highlight the value of mentoring and support. Curator and Educator Teresa Cisneros and Psychotherapist and Activist Charlotte Cooper will contribute provocations for the group to use as starting points for the discussion. This is a chance to socialise and gain practical skills to navigate today’s art scene.
Charlotte Cooper is a psychotherapist, she has her own practice in East London working mainly with queers and other marginalised people. She is also an interdisciplinary artist engaged primarily with performance and publishing, particularly dance, zines and memoir. Her decades-long work on fat defies categorisation or assimilation and her latest book on the subject, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement, is available through the usual channels. She is currently assembling an archive of her 25+ years as a DIY cultural worker and beyond.
Teresa Cisneros is a Chicana (Mexican-American) cultural producer. She has worked as a curator, art educator and arts manager, including at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), Tate Modern, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, Nottingham Contemporary and at the Wellcome Collection, as well as with the collective sorryyoufeeluncomfortable. She co-founded the independent curatorial collective agency for agency in 2015. Cisneros' projects and work explore the politics of identity, history and contemporary art practices.