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Talking Shop

Photo by Heidi Mace
2009 – 2013

Led collaboratively by Artsadmin, Live Art Development Agency and New Work Network (LAAN), Talking Shop is a free quarterly event for recent graduates and early career artists working in the areas of Live Art and interdisciplinary performance practices, offering advice, information, networking and discussion.

Talking Shop includes 15-minute one-to-one advice sessions for artists who want to discuss their practice with an advisor, small group sessions looking at ways in which peer to peer models can help you maintain your practice, and screenings of the Everything You Still Wanted to Know About Live Art But Were Afraid To Ask DVD.

Talking Shop advisors are; Manick Govinda, Lois Keidan, CJ Mitchell, Andrew Mitchelson, Nkki Tomlinson, Sam Trotman and Orlagh Woods.

The Live Art Advisory Network (LAAN) is a partnership between Artsadmin, Live Art Development Agency and New Work Network.

CJ Mitchell joined the Live Art Development Agency as Deputy Director in 2009. Most recently he has been Executive Director of the Links Hall performance space in Chicago. Previously, he was Managing Director of Performing Arts Chicago; Administrative Director of the Master of Arts in Arts Administration programme at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago; an Associate/fundraising member and Company Manager of Goat Island Performance Group; and General Manager of the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and holds a Masters in Cultural Studies and a Bachelor of Accountancy, both from the University of Glasgow.

Nikki Tomlinson is Artists’ Advisor & Producer with Artsadmin, managing a range of artistic development programmes and producing projects including Unlimited Global Alchemy and Future Editions human library, and co-curating Town Hall Artworks with Manick Govinda. She is also a choreographer, performer and outside eye; recent work includes Plainsong (2009-10), a duet with the cellist Hannah Marshall and Folk Dance (2007-8), a performance installation made during a residency at La Caldera in Barcelona. She has shown work in the UK and in San Francisco, Barcelona and Gran Canaria and regularly performs in other artists’ work; in the past year she has performed with Jennet Thomas, Emma Leach, Rosemary Lee and Augusto Corrieri and assisted Mamoru Iriguchi as dramaturg. Nikki is a Trustee of Dance Art Foundation and a member of the SPACE Supporting Performing Arts Circulation in Europe Programme.

Orlagh Woods is an experienced arts professional dedicated to the development of participatory and interdisciplinary arts practice and currently Co-Director of New Work Network with Jason E Bowman. She has previously worked as Curator of Tamasha’s Developing Artists (TDA) Programme; worked collaboratively for over 5 years with artist studio, Proboscis to research, develop and deliver creative projects and artistic works in the public realm including Lattice:Sydney, Perception Peterborough, Art of the Common Space and With our Ears to the Ground; was Creative Programmer for Craft NI, working strategically with over 50 venues, local councils, organisations and artists across NI to develop August Craft Month 2010; co-ordinator for an Engage project, Collect & Share, a Europe-wide network promoting lifelong-learning in galleries with 11 partners across 8 countries; has successfully managed a visual arts CPD programme at Space in London; and ran an international arts residency programme at Flaxart Studios in Northern Ireland. Orlagh has trained in both accountancy and fine art and has worked nationally and internationally in the arts for over 15 years.

Date Title Venue City
29 October 2013 Money Talks Toynbee Studios
15 June 2012 Talking Shop University College Falmouth's Performance Festival Penryn
4 November 2011 Talking Shop Wunderbar Festival Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
9 June 2011 Talking Shop Toynbee Studios
15 March 2011 Talking Shop is Talking Trash Toynbee Studios
Photo by Heidi Mace