What is Art.Work?
Art.Work came into being following the closure of Artists Alliance in 2018. The Bootcamp
workshop programme run by Artists Alliance provided practical and necessary professional
development opportunities for visual artists. These workshops were a valued aspect of the Artists
Art.Work has been established to continue making these opportunities available to artists and the
wider creative community. Many of the same features will be present; small groups to encourage
genuine interaction and connection, high quality presenters, excellent resources and friendly
interaction. There will be some new elements too: extended workshops for more in-depth
discussion, and some practical art making workshops which enhance the themes.
Art.Work was established by Amberleigh Carson. After studying art history at Victoria University and fine arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, Amberleigh went on to manage a local gallery for several years, she has worked as an executive assistant for Trish Clark and managed Seed Gallery in Newmarket and most recently worked for the not for profit organisation Artists Alliance.
During her ten years at Artists Alliance Amberleigh wore a number of 'hats' one of which was running the Bootcamp programme of professional development workshops for artists. After the closure of Artists Alliance she was encouraged to continue this work independently.
The workshop presenters are wide ranging and include many well known artists and professionals from the arts sector. More detailed information on the presenters can be found on the workshops page.
Maggie Gresson, former Executive Director of Artists Alliance and current acting Director of Toi Ora Live Art Trust is a driving force behind the scenes at Art.Work.