How to Survive as an Early-Career Artist

How to Survive as an Early-Career Artist


Ellie Barrett & Saul Argent
2-3pm, 14th May | Online workshop and discussion
Part of our #BreathingSpace Programme

GRAFT directors Ellie Barrett and Saul Argent will share their insights into building a career as a visual artist in the North West. Coming from the perspective of a Lancaster-based artist-led organisation, this one hour Zoom session will include advice about building a network, collaborating with others and thinking about diverse audiences.

Expect to interact with the artist facilitators and other participants throughout, ending with a Q&A to answer all your burning questions on this topic.

Breathing Space: Catalyst for Conversation

Catalyst for Conversation is a series of online workshops and discussions taking place from May to August. This is an opportunity for artists, industry experts and participants from across the world to exchange ideas and what they know through topics of value to them all.

Please email Danni at to have a chat about the things you would like to have a conversation about.


GRAFT is a Community Interest Company, working to exhibit and support emerging artists, and promoting the value of creative education with schools and young people in Lancaster. Run by Ellie Barrett and Saul Argent, past projects include 'Hard Graft', an exhibition in an empty shop and 'FUN', a group show of ten early-career artists at Lancaster Library.

Ellie Barrett is an artist, researcher and curator. Her sculptural works and academic research explores material meaning in contemporary sculpture. As a curator, she has experience working with artist-led organisations supporting emerging practitioners.

Saul Argent runs creative education projects connecting the arts with children and young people around the UK. He is passionate about the impact artists can have of young people's lives and the value of cultural learning in schools. He currently manages Hope Streets with Curious Minds.


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