DIY Artists: Disorganised or Self-Organised? was a panel organized in conjunction with Collective | Individuals visual art exhibition at Urbanscapes House and as a part of Art For Grabs @ Urbanscapes. The panel was held on May 6 2017, and featured Ajim Juxta, artist and co-founder of Titikmerah art space & collective, Nawwar Shukriah (aka Bono Stellar), multidisciplinary creative entrepreneur and founder of Stellar Studio & Design and Makeithappen, Sharon Chin, artist and writer, and Sharmin Parameswaran, exhibition curator.
I was invited to moderate the discussion, as an arts manager, collective member and organizer. The discussion covered what it meant to make art alongside and with other people, what success means within a collective, the position of collectives within a larger ecosystem of art and the ripples and connections that result, and the issue of sustainability and legacy. The question of cliques and inclusiveness was brought up by an audience member during the Q&A, which we sadly didn’t have enough time to delve into. Very grateful to Sharmin for organizing the panel and also inviting me to moderate! I’m a fan of all the panellists and it was an honour to share the stage with them.