So I am feeling really positive about my internships this week because I met our venue people (who are doing quite a lot of the organising for the Storytelling Festival) and Sarah seems really practical and professional and seems keen to give me marketing stuff to do!
I’m helping with that and Graham said I can do the publicising for Pop-Up Storytelling so I’ve formulated a massive list of people to ask if they want us to come to their venue. I’ve already got an email back from someone who sounds really keen! So hopefully that’s in response to our product being good and the copy I wrote being persuasive. I’ve tweeted and Facebooked about the Pop-Up already but I’m just waiting for a response so I can put up info on the Website, too. I really think that will be a clincher in getting people interested.
Yesterday I went to New Art Gallery Walsall and I went down to the Archive (with Jo Digger!!-from the book I am reading. V. excited about that. She set up the whole Archive from the start of TNAGW!) and we discussed what we would put in the Festival of Good Things which Zoe said I can organise! If it goes well It will be great experience. I have already researched some hog roasts. It’s replicating another festival run by Kathleen Garman in 1967. This one will take place in August and it’s going to be a day of all sorts of stuff, workshops and things. Next week I’m going to go to a ‘Salaam Celebration’ evaluation meeting at TNAGW next Tuesday so seeing how they have done a festival already will give me a better idea of what I’m going to be doing.
I met ‘A Colourful Crowd’ too! It’s a group of 19-21 year olds who are organising a show called ‘One Hundred and Onesies.’ They’re in the locking-it-down phase as it starts in a month and they’re getting out promotion soon. It’s a great opportunity they’ve got. Apparently they met Sue Beardsmore the other week to get speaking tips! Young people are where you can hit funding as well. It’s a great thing to do and it totally fits TNAGW’s mission statement and funding is a good by-product. It made me think that August is not that far away! It’ll be great to go to their meeting next week to see their process, too, and how they’ve progressed with all their wicked ideas!
Having been to another tutorial session recently, I have been thinking about research interviews. As I haven’t been able to speak to Zoe (from NAGW) in person, it would make sense to email her some questions in the hope of a response which I could work with for my blogging. This seems like the perfect chance to practice a bit for my dissertation and consider what type of research interviews would be useful in order to collect data. To make this information useful to others I will write “The Subject” when referring to my research subject.
QUESTIONS I NEED TO ASK MYSELF
How do I get the interview?
– STEP ONE – email/phone subject to ask, politely, if they will either attend an interview with me, or respond to an email with questions.
What form will the interview take?
– FORM OF INTERVIEW: Send an email/call the subject requesting a meeting. I should research the company, I should know what questions to ask and I should know how to lead this interview before I email the subject so that, should they suggest I send questions (or they say they are free for a personal interview) that day or the next day, I will already be prepared. I will email the subject as I cannot meet them.
– DIFFERENT FRAMEWORK OF INTERVIEW TIME: It could be formal/structured (Q&A), semi-structured (questions and a bit of a chat), informal (general chat to see what issues might be important, potentially in preparation for another interview).
– PINPOINT FOCUS: Where did these answers lead me? Do some more research…
– FOLLOW-UP: I may need to follow up the interview later with emailed questions to which the subject may reply.
What do I want to find out?
– In this case, I want to find out the mission statement of Walsall Art Gallery and how the subject adheres to that.
– What theoretical principles do they adhere to when the subject is doing their job.
– I would like the conversation to lead into areas I potentially don’t know about and could research more. Potentially something niche/on-trend which would add an interesting angle to the essay for readers.
– How does the subject choose certain ideas (for planning) over others?
IN REGARDS TO THE ABOVE POST – WHAT QUESTIONS WILL I ASK? I WILL CATEGORISE THEM INTO SECTIONS WITH CORRELATING IDEAS.
BEING PART OF A WHOLE
1) WHAT IS YOUR JOB ROLE? (as head of education-this may shed light on what subject is trying to do)
2) WHAT IS YOUR 5 YEAR TRAJECTORY WITHIN NAGW? (Not sure if that’s a bit personal but I’ll try it. This could show where subject wants to take the department and how education is pertinent to the organisation)
3) WHAT GOALS DO YOU NEED TO FULFILL AS PART OF WALSALL ART GALLERY? (might give an idea of theoretical concepts to research)
4) HOW DO YOU ADHERE TO YOUR MISSION STATEMENT IN PRACTICE? DO YOU HAVE ANY EXAMPLES? (case studies would be useful for essay)
THE ROLE OF THE RESEARCHER/PRACTITIONER
5) DO YOU THINK HAVING A HISTORY IN ART HISTORY IS IMPORTANT FOR WORKING IN A GALLERY? (What does theory bring to practice? Mention the reflective practitioner?)
6) POSTMODERNISM? (something about the new kind of museum)
7) WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST-PRACTITIONER? (maybe ask where her theoretical context lies)
8) AS A CONSTRUCTIVIST GALLERY … (perhaps ask if she thinks they are similar to any other galleries so I could research them too… Tate for e.g.)
9) WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING AN EVENT (Potential to discuss community events where many issues can be considered at once – we discussed this interesting idea before Women’s Day can be related to different cultures for e.g.)
1) DO YOU THINK ART IN A GALLERY CONTEXT IS MORE USEFUL THAN ART IN A SCHOOL? (If yes, why? If no, why?)
2) DO YOU DO MUCH OUTREACH/DO CHILDREN TEND TO COME TO YOU? (This could be an interesting point of comparison with the other company I am investigating. It would also, hopefully, start a dialogue about education in the gallery space/schools)
3) HOW DO YOU PUT THEORY INTO PRACTICE AS AN ARTIST-RESEARCHER? (Again looking at Carole Gray and The Reflective Practitioner. I will write a blog post about the definition of an artist-researcher)
What approach will I take?
– Email to begin with
– I want to ask intelligent-seeming questions. I want to find out things that I couldn’t answer myself.
– I don’t want to waste their/my time.
– How will I evaluate whether I have received good info? Through my essay and asking follow-up questions