On Being An Artist: reflections on an art practice presents work by Andrew Bracey, Geoff Litherland, Jessica Harby, Kajal Nisha Patel, Tim Shore and Tracey Kershaw, who took part in Document, a project produced by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands.
The project sought to shine a light on the creative process and present an honest portrait of pursuing a career as an artist, from the artist’s point of view.
For two and a half years the six East Midlands-based artists explored their motivations and reflected on their ‘journey’, their thoughts and experiences captured through film, writing, photography and discussion.
The artists now come together for an exhibition, building on their two years of behind-the-scenes discussions to construct a dialogue between their artworks. Based in different parts of the region, at different stages of their careers, having come to their practice by different routes and leading different lives, what unites them is a commitment to their respective practices and to finding ways to communicate what they believe to be important. Most importantly, they demonstrate how possible and vital it is to be an artist in the East Midlands.
As part of this exhibition, Artcore will screen a series of short films about the artists commissioned for the project from award-winning filmmaker Bill Newsinger.