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I was pleased to be invited to give a presentation at the University of Tsukuba on Saturday 6th Feb. The symposium was hosted by Prof. Hotokeyama who is developing an artistic community in the mountains and woods near Tsukuba. The idea is to transform an existing leisure facility and create a space for young artists. The site is called Yakari no Mori . The intension is to help the young artists financially and with their professional development; this is a joint venture with the university, local business and the local council. There are also plans to develop a gallery at the centre of the site.

I was invited to talk on the theme of 'collaboration' and to use the work I have developed over the years with external partners, galleries and professional bodies etc. It was a great opportunity to reflect on the different organisations and institutions I have been fortunate to collaborate with over time. I was also able to talk about some of the ongoing research I am presently engaged with including the Artist Teacher Network and the Freelands Gallery.

Please see the presentation recording 'Collaborations: artist/gallery/university/schools in London' on the link which will take you to my YouTube account. Please note the introductions are in Japanese, I don't start talking until about 7 mins in!


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