I like to think of the internet as a kind of spider web. Who knows where that picture developed from but I think it represents something of its never-ending nature as a place where a couple of clicks leads you down a whole different avenue to the one you were on before.
What is particularly weblike about the internet is the opportunity to build networks and find like-minded people, professionals and opportunities that can inspire and hopefully ignite our continued passion for being artists. Getting to know a couple of people and contexts can open up a web that is much wider and more far-reaching than just you creating your web on your own.
(How are we doing with the web analogy? Confused yet?!)
Sometimes however it is quite hard to know how to even get yourself spinning on the web in the first place. Well in case you haven't glanced over to the right hand side of this blog, cast your eyes there now [to the 'worth checking out' section]... for what we are building there is a list of websites that hopefully will inspire you to get spinning and creating and networking and meeting and collaborating and the like.
A couple of websites to flag up for today:
http://www.a-n.co.uk/students/: Have a look at this website for some really helpful articles, guidelines, exhibition opportunities and more. It's worth signing up with these networks to widen your horizons and see what opportunities are out there...
http://www.artquest.org.uk/: Another networking site with loads of opportunities for residencies etc and a really useful 'frequently asked questions' page for freelance artists.
Morphe Arts: For all of you graduating this summer, do sign up with Morphe Arts. It's a network of graduate Christian artists across the country seeking to support and serve one another, and build one another up as you seek to delve into the professional art world. There are monthly meetings in London and Scotland and events happening throughout the year. It's run by Ally Gordon (London) and Cully McCulloch (Scotland) - two great guys and practising artists who have tons of experience and used to work for UCCF.