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Creative masterclasses at 198 Gallery

198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, Herne Hill, are offering a series of free development masterclasses for emerging artists, curators and gallerists. Beginning in mid October and running until early 2010, with repeats of each class, they cover the whole gamut of artworld topics:

Fundraising and Finance
14th October 2009 & 2nd February 2010

Evaluating your Project
20th October 2009 & 8th February 2010

Artist Run Spaces
12th October 2009 & 25th January 2010

Contracts and Copyright
26th October 2009 & 18th February 2010

Becoming Freelance
12th November 2009 & 21st January 2010

Gallery Education
10th November 2009 & 10th February 2010

Using the Internet
28th October 2009 & 16th February 2010

Curating Exhibitions and Projects
25th November 2009 & 27th January 2010

23rd November 2009 & 19th January 2010

Socially Engaged and Participatory Practice
18th October 2009 & Thursday 4th February 2010

Networking Event
10th December 2009 & 25th February 2010

All classes are free but require a 10 refundable deposit.

For more info, there's a full PDF available on the 198 website.

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South London art events in early 2009

So it seems that 2009 has hit the ground running with cultural happenings in S/SE London. The Goldsmiths institution of the Thursday Club, a mostly-weekly showcase for innovative new works, kicks off with two talks on sensory interfaces by Ryan Jordan and Artemis Papageorgiou (today, 15 January, free). This is followed by the first of the monthly Electronic Music Studios concerts (16 January, free), at which I'll be performing with AtomSwarm on their 8-channel diffusion system.

Also related to Goldsmiths, though taking place further north, is a 2-day show of events and performances organised by students from Goldsmiths MFA Curating and Royal College of Art Curating Masters. Contested Ground is at Project Space 176 in Chalk Farm this Saturday/Sunday (16-17 January, free). Some of us will be heading over for the series of multi platform events on Saturday, followed by the amusingly-nomenclatured "artist disco" in the evening.

SE London map

Gasworks in Vauxhall, meanwhile, is staging a radiophonic intervention by the Resonance FM Radio Orchestra on Friday (15 January, free) as part of its exhibition of South London artist-inventor Felix Thorn's amazing machines. Also features the long-awaited face off between sound theorist Nicolas Collins and SuperCollider/livecoding veteran Nick Collins, described in a mailout thus:

a live coding vs. live circuit building competition with Nick Collins (Sussex University) versus Nicolas Collins (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), vying for the annual award of the "Nic(k) Collins Cup," an exquisite ceramic vessel commissioned from Devon potter Nic Collins (no relation).

Finally, Herne Hill's 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning are hosting two further events as part of their current exhibition People, Signs and Resistance (28 Jan & 11 Feb, free). Next up is an audience with Sam The Wheels, a first-generation Jamaican migrant who arrived in London in the 1950s and has since been capturing video footage of the area which should be essential viewing for those interested in local heritage — through the Brixton Riots to their legacy.

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