Walking Over Coals (WOC) is our CPPPD (continuing personal, practice and professional development) programme for emerging, post-emerging and submerging artists of all disciplines, ages and backgrounds. Over the course of a year a diverse group of arts practitioners work together to make new, risk-taking work and create a group show from the ground up – including fundraising, developing and managing the project, while working with each other and a wide range of professionals from across the artistic spectrum.
Our first ‘cohort’ have gone on to building their dream music projects, touring a self-devised theatre show, going from architect’s assistant to Head of Design at a nationally important theatre – all have reported huge increases in their income and all continue to develop their practice (instead of ‘dropping out’ and getting a proper job). They have built a sustainable network and continue to support each other in their work.
We once took our administrator to see us deliver a project in the Netherlands and asked him what he’d learned – ‘You’d walk over coals to make your work’ was his reply. And it is that hard to really make the work you want to make, to navigate the structures, in the wider world and the codas that make the ‘art world’ such a perplexing space for many. It’s worth it though, when you are able to stand on your own two feet, make the work you want to make and keep a roof over your head at the same time.
Walking Over Coals takes this shape:
Weekly group evening sessions with programme leaders, Sandra and Lee, where they share their combined half a century or so of experience in ‘the business’
The occasional all-day Sunday session where we look at stuff in more detail – e.g. finance, producing, marketing, organising
Regular one-one sessions with a mentor from your discipline
Regular seminars by industry leaders (mostly artists)
Opportunities to connect to Friction’s network, and work
Fundraising (cohort #1 raised over £15K for a show and publication)
Making a major new piece of work in a supportive environment
Creating a publication evaluating your experience
You can access a pdf of ‘Artists on the Edge’ (cohort #1) publication here
We’ve selected our next cooperators on the project and are looking forward to beginning the programme in mid-September, we’ll keep you in the loop with our progress.
If you’d like more information, or background on the programme, please contact email@example.com or call us on 01217726160