The event will take place on Saturday 11 March and Saturday 25 March at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery. These sessions are for artists and creatives from the East Midlands.

About 1-2-1 Conversations

What is a 1-2-1 Conversation?

A one-to-one informal meeting with a guest curator/artist to have a discussion on an arts-based topic of your choice. This could be about your work, arts critique or other arts-based issue. The 1-2-1 Conversations are aimed at people who want to take the next step with their artwork. This includes anyone from amateur artists through to professional artists.

To have a 1-2-1 Conversation, you will need to book a timeslot with one of our 4 reviewers and have a think about what you would like to discuss with them.

When will the 1-2-1 Conversations take place?

On Saturday 11 March and Saturday 25 March at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery.

Are the 1-2-1 conversations free?

The 1-2-1 Conversations are free, however you will be charged a £5 refundable deposit. This is to secure your attendance and avoid no-shows. All deposits will be refunded on attendance at your appointment. Cancellations made with at least 24 hours’ notice will receive a full refund.

Who are the reviewers?

We have different reviewers on each of our event days.

  • On Saturday 11 March, our guest reviewers will be Kriss Trigg and Saziso Phiri.
  • On Saturday 25 March, our guest reviewers will be Daniel Sean Kelly and Colette Griffin.

Kriss Trigg is an artist, sketcher and lecturer. Kriss explores printmaking and is a member of the Leicester Society of Artists (LSA). He has worked within Further Education and Higher Education for over 20 years, delivering a range of creative subjects including fine art, illustration, fashion design, 3D, interior, printmaking, life drawing and contextual studies.

Saziso Phiri is a curator, cultural producer and artist development mentor in visual arts. Her work is driven by collaboration and exploring ways of stimulating dialogues between artists and spectators through exhibitions and interventions. In 2015, she founded The Anti Gallery, a mobile art platform focused on engaging art outside formal gallery environments. Since launching, the platform has delivered exhibitions, performances, talks, residencies, film screenings and workshops for children and adults. She has worked on exhibitions and programming for arts organisations including UK New Artists, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, Format International Photography Festival and Backlit Gallery.

Daniel Sean Kelly is an artist and lecturer based in Leicester. His artwork is about the ways that space and time are organised, and about forms of Being, Agency and Subjectivity relative to being Human. His work grapples with these ideas through the analogue media of paint, print, ceramics and sculpture, alongside ongoing research and writing projects. He is also co-director and curator of Two Queens, an artist-run gallery and studios in Leicester, where he facilitates emerging artists in the development of their exhibitions. He is a graduate of MA Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths, and School of the Damned.

Collette Griffin is a curator, creative producer and artist. Her interests centre on commissioning and programming that explores the architecture of our lives, everyday experiences, actions, and interactions. In 2021, Colette became Regional Director of Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the East Midlands (CVAN EM), the free-to-access network celebrating and supporting arts and culture in the region. Colette is Artist Development Curator at Primary, Nottingham. Here she identifies and generates opportunities for creatives. Previous experience includes working with New Midlands Group, Mansions of the Future (Lincoln), Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and Ikon Gallery (Birmingham).

What kind of advice and criticism do your reviewers offer?

Our reviewers are there to offer support.
It is helpful for you to come with an idea of what you want from the session to make the most of your time with the reviewer.

Do I need to be a professional?

No, though you do need to be serious about your concern and interested in your artwork.

Booking a 1-2-1 Conversation

To attend a 1-2-1 Conversation, you will need to book a timeslot with one of our reviewers. You can only book one slot across all our reviewers. This is to allow as many people as possible to attend the sessions.

There are a maximum of 32 sessions available to book.

When will booking information be released?

The link to book a timeslot will be released on Monday 13th February. Timeslots will be booked through the link on a first come, first serve basis. Links to booking an appointment can be found at the end of the page, in the section titled Booking Links.

How far ahead do I need to book?

We expect the sessions to book up quickly. We recommend that you book a timeslot as soon as you can after the link is open to the public, to avoid disappointment.

What if I need to cancel a session I have booked?

If you need to cancel, please provide as much notice as possible. This will allow us to give the appointment to another person.

If you cancel your slot with at least 24 hours’ notice, you will receive a refund of your deposit.

Preparing for your 1-2-1 Conversation

I have booked an appointment. What do I do next?

After you have booked an appointment, you will receive an email requesting information about the topic you wish to discuss. This email will provide an opportunity to share any online content and attach images of your work. This will also be passed onto the reviewer to provide some context about the topic of your conversation.
Please note that we cannot accept any WeTransfer links, zipped files or files larger than 20MB.

I want to discuss my artwork with the reviewer. What kind of artwork can I show them?

You can show the reviewers most 2D and digital artwork, including textiles, painting, prints, video and audio files (video and audio must be viewable by web link). You can bring the artwork to the museum to show the reviewer.

We advise showing a maximum of 10 – 15 selected artworks which are A2 or smaller. This will allow 10 minutes of time for the reviewer to look at your work and the rest of the time be dedicated to discussion about it. Please note that the museum will not be able to provide staging, wall space or plinths for display.

3D work, such as sculpture, models and ceramics, must be portable. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we cannot accommodate installation artwork to be shown in-person.

If you wish to discuss a video/sound piece, we recommend that it is no more than 6 – 8 minutes long. This allows you to spend 20 minutes discussing the work with your reviewer.

What happens at a 1-2-1 Conversation?

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time. This will be to sign you into the building and show you to the room where the appointments are being held. You will be introduced to the reviewer and can start the topic of your discussion.

What I am late for my appointment?

Each session is a maximum of 30 minutes. If you are late, you can use the time left in your session or you may miss all of it depending on how late you are. We cannot run over the allotted time. There are several bookings scheduled over one day which we need to accommodate, therefore we cannot extend your time.

Booking Links

To book an appointment for either Saturday 11th or Saturday 25th March please click here.

Further Information

If you have any further questions, please get in touch.