UPCOMING FIELD WORKSHOPS

4-week workshop May 9 - 30, 2017 at UMOCA in Salt Lake City.  Tuesday evenings 6:00 - 8:30pm with facilitator Kerri Hopkins

Workshop fee $48 space is limited.  Email to register: info@dancetheatrecoalition.org

 

Single-session workshop Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Kimball Art Center in Park City.  From 6:00 - 8:30pm with facilitator Kerri Hopkins

Workshop fee $13 space is limited. 

Register online at: www.kimballartcenter.org

 

What is The Field?
The Field was founded in 1985 by Wendy Lasica, who established The Field as a performance space in SoHo and directed its development until 1987. Artists met at this space regularly to help each other improve their artwork and counter the isolation that often comes with the territory of an artistic career. Organically, a distinct method of developing work evolved into what is now known as “Fieldwork” and The Field grew into a valuable service organization for artists.  The Field is based in New York City with over a dozen network sites that include Miami, Seattle,  San Francisco, Chicago, Berlin, and Vienna.  DTC is the official network site for The Field in Salt Lake City.

Who can come and how does it work?
Artists working in all mediums of art (performance, visual, literary, film/video) are accepted to Field Workshops on a first come first serve basis.  Participants often include established professional artists as well as emerging artists.  Workshops are limited to 8 participants max.  Early registration is recommended as workshops often fill (waiting lists are available).  You can register any time prior to a workshop once it is listed on the DTC website.  When payment is received, your slot is reserved.  NO REFUNDS are issued after payment - if you cannot attend the workshop you registered for, you can apply the fee amount to a future workshop, but you cannot receive a refund. 

What to expect:
Everyone in the group, including the facilitator, will show work without qualifying the work verbally before it is shown.  It may be a group work,  solo work, a study, a sketch, finished, unfinished, or anything in between.  It does not have to be the same work or medium each week, but it can be if the artist wants to develop one particular work. 

Everyone will show their work first - then feedback will be given . The goal is to give honest, immediate, specific feedback about your experience of each piece. The core of Fieldwork is to reflect back to the artist what you saw (and to refrain from speaking to what you do not see). The Fieldwork method focuses on feedback that is non-corrective and non-suggestive because this parameter has proven to help artists move forward with their work without short-circuiting their creative role or ability to problem solve. 

What is the purpose?
Primarily, Fieldwork supports the development of new work. At each meeting artists show works and exchange feedback with their peers using the Fieldwork format, which was designed by artists.  The groups are multidisciplinary and have included artists working in all mediums of visual and performing art including dance, graphic design, music, theatre, poetry, film, landscape architecture, jewelry design, and stand-up comedy.  Workshops are open to artists of all levels and all disciplines.  Artists are intentionally not segregated by creative discipline or experience level because feedback from a diverse audience is valuable information to an artist and we value cross-disciplinary exposure to cultivate a broad range of feedback dialogue. In summary, the goals of The Field are the following:

  • Provide artists with a safe place to present their work and receive feedback in terms that are constructive, challenging, and nurturing. 
  • Re-energize artists in relationship to their work by having other artists respond to their work, providing a new perspective. 
  • Break through the isolation of working as an independent artist by joining other artists who are in a similar process of development.
  • Participate in an on-going deadline structure to facilitate productivity.
  • Develop artists’ abilities to articulate clearly what they perceive in others’ works.

What are the benefits? 

  • Get feedback on your artwork 
  • Meet like-minded artists 
  • Work toward a deadline 
  • Become a more savvy, articulate viewer of art 
  • Connect with potential creative collaborators
  • Engage with an active, practicing art community
  • Exhibition/performance opportunities

What does the facilitator do?
Facilitators are not teachers, but peer artists who are familiar with the Fieldwork method and act as guides in the Fieldwork process. They ensure the environment is supportive and challenging, and that each artist gets their fair share of stage time and feedback. Facilitators customarily participate in the workshop by showing work and giving/receiving feedback to encourage their process as artists and to eliminate feelings of hierarchy within the group.

How are the workshops structured?
Field Workshops in Salt Lake City are held throughout the year at various venues.  Sessions are held on Monday nights from 6:30 pmto 9:00 pm.  We have a standard 8-week workshop series, which culminates with a public exhibition/performance opportunity that is optional for participants.  DTC also offers single-session workshops, the occasional 3-week mini-workshop, and drop-in sessions are available during the summer.  Workshops often fill, early online registration is recommended.  Upcoming workshop listings here...  

What are the Field Showings like?
Field Showings are an informal but focused public presentation of the works created during the Field Workshops.  These are casual “open studio” showings that provide and opportunity to introduce artists and their process to the public. Visual and performing works are showcased.  Field Showings are free to the public.  We give a brief demonstration of the Fieldwork method to the audience.  This is a unique opportunity for the pubic to observe works in-the-making, which fosters a deepened understanding the creative process and allows more direct conversation between artist and audience.

Questions?
If you have any questions about Field Workshops or how you might present your work in a workshop setting, get in touch with us.