Today at OFS

At  OFS today attending the latest  ODF professional development workshop ‘Touring and Distribution‘ led by Tim Tubbs and Joe Bates.  The pair led us through a well prepared session with charm, humour and straight talking.   Unfortunately many dispiriting realities about attempting to tour on a traditional model for small scale independents and the difficulties of satisfying the demands of funders.  The group had plenty of opportunity to raise questions/share experiences (and indignantly despair).  However, Joe and Tim offered a few lateral approaches to consider and plenty of practical tips on networking,  budget writing, organising admin and a portfolio career. Has given me plenty to think about..and act on!

After the workshop I  found myself at MAO and the exhibition of Jenny Saville.  Amazing flesh and bodies, large scale figurative and abstract all at once.  First time I’ve seen her work and I was impressed.

Then back to OFS for my first of experience of ‘Playground’ already on its fourth outing.  Great initiative with its interesting mix of presentations/ideas/interactivity and the opportunity to talk to lots of people!


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