The Critical Academy opens up a new radical space to learn, research and examine contemporary art practices around Photography and their contexts, as much as the arts management and cultural policy that affect them.
The Critical Academy seminars look at very specific skills that are commonly considered secondary in the teaching of artistic practices, mostly focused on methodologies and theory. We consider these skills not complementary but fundamental for a sustainable practice and a wholesome life, and they contribute to a continuous self-development.
These relate to essential aspects and core values of a stable Arts practice, from daily administration routines, to competence in resolving grant aid paperwork, and understanding the importance of applied self-discipline; others refer to entrepreneurial matters, acknowledging both the artist’s output and the artist’s needs.
Likewise, we aim to advance and deepen crucial skills regarding critical thinking, researching, speaking and writing about your work, and we are introducing alternative ways to foster a creative practice through mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.
The seminars are offered in different formats and lengths according to the subject at hand, and to better adapt to a successful outcome. The participant tutors were selected for their extensive knowledge and experience in their fields, and a proven track record in delivering engaging lectures. These seminars have been created specifically for the Critical Academy, and there are others to be added in the coming months. They are divided in four strands: Research, Discipline, Business, and Output.