I’ve been asked by the Harbourfront Centre’s craft department to speak at this year’s Viva Voce in January and I’m freaking out a little bit already. For those not familiar with the event, it’s a lecture series featuring soon-to-be former Artists-in-Residence at Harbourfront. It’s a really valuable opportunity for me to speak my mind on the state of craft and the trials of running a craft business/maintaining a career. I’m still playing around with themes and ideas for my presentation.
I’ve decided to use the blog as a bit of a practice space for what will eventually become my lecture. To get my brain down on (digital) paper before I have to spill it to an auditorium crowd. I’ve got a few ideas percolating now so they’ll probably appear on here in some form or another over the next few weeks. Any feedback would be hugely appreciated! Don’t hold back.
Not to be a suck-up but I probably haven’t mentioned how fully and completely my Harbourfront residency has ruled. I could go on and on about it but I will simply say that there is no opportunity that I know of in this country that is so helpful to an emerging artist. Not that it’s a fast track to success by any means. It’s not perfect and like anything else, it is what you make it. It can be draining and you will be poor and it will turn your life upside down if you let it (I recommend you let it). But there is no place I’d rather be and I would recommend that anyone in the craft discipline at least apply. You won’t get this type of leg up for this amount of time anywhere else.
Anyways, I’d love it if you could leave a little constructive criticism in the coming weeks (or on any previous post) to sort of help me along in assembling a cohesive lecture of some kind and not making a complete ass of myself up there. Thanks!