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Breathing Space: A Weekend Retreat For Artists

With Lucy Sollitt and Martha King

March 7 - March 8

As we move into Spring, Breathing Space: A Weekend Retreat For Artists has been designed to provide you with the space and time needed for you to pause and reflect on your practice, take stock of your current ways of working and begin sowing seeds for the year ahead.

Aimed at early to mid-career artists this weekend is an opportunity to:

  • define what your practice is
  • what you’re trying to achieve with your work
  • map out who your work is for
  • look at how you can reach these people
  • explore how to articulate your work
  • shape future goals
  • meet new people

Curator Lucy Sollitt and producer Martha King will facilitate this weekend to ensure you are able to make the most of your time and hopefully come away feeling refreshed and inspired.

Using a range of techniques including action learning, Clore Leadership exercises and participatory design methodologies Lucy and Martha will create a space for you to reflect, plan and meet one another.

Although the retreat is facilitated – it is up to you which activities you participate in. There will always be space for individual working as well as walking, stretching, dancing, dreaming, eating…


Accommodation can be provided with this retreat in one of our on site bedrooms for the Saturday night. All rooms are en-suite with linen, towels and bathroom products provided. A continental breakfast is also included along with lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout your stay. Please select the WITH ACCOMMODATION ticket below should you like to stay with us.

NB: For those attending the retreat as day visitors, all catering and refreshments are supplied with the price.



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Breathing Space: weekend retreat for artists 7-8 Mar 2020
£ 175.00
12 available
Breathing Space: weekend retreat for artists 7-8 Mar 2020 WITH ACCOMMODATION
£ 255.00
7 available


Curator Lucy Sollitt and producer Martha King will facilitate this weekend, they are both Clore Emerging Leaders alumni from 2016.

Lucy Sollitt


Lucy Rose Sollitt is a curator, writer and consultant. She focuses on the cutting edge of artistic practice, especially the intersection of art and technology and possibilities for new artistic economies.

Current projects include working as a consultant for the Design and Artists Copyright Society on their Fair Art Market Ecology initiative, curating an artistic programme on implications of AI for the Goethe Institut and developing a range of special products with artists. Alongside this Lucy mentors artists and is an Advisory Board member for Furtherfield and part of Birmingham Open Media’s Curatorial Advisory Group, and This Dao network. 

Lucy recently researched and wrote a ground-breaking report on the Future of the UK Contemporary Art Market, launched at Somerset House on 13 November 2019. Between 2010 and 2019 Lucy led on creative media at Arts Council London where she devised and ran major new national programmes and managed a portfolio of visual arts funding. Recent exhibitions curated by Lucy include: Roleplay Reality at FACT, Liverpool, and Life…Is Grand by Brandon Covington Sam-Sumana at York Mediale. She has written a series of articles on trends in art/tech for the British Council, on art/blockchain and the art market for the Goethe Institut/Rhizome, as well as for publications such as AQNB.

In 2017 Lucy advised the UK government on art and innovation as part of their new Culture Is Digital report. Recent panels chaired by Lucy include ‘AI and Ethics’ for the V&A and ‘VR and Consciousness’ for QUAD. She has previously curated and produced cultural programmes for Rhizome, Tate Modern and the Royal Society of Arts. Lucy has an MPhil in Continental Philosophy.

A philosopher by training, all Lucy’s work is underpinned by philosophical exploration and belief in art as felt knowledge.

You can find Lucy on Twitter @itsownlight 

Martha King


Martha is an arts producer based in Bristol. She has over eight years’ experience of producing and programming a wide range of performance, socially engaged, digital and contemporary arts projects. She currently works as Senior Arts Programme Producer at Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC), before this she worked as performance producer at the Institute for Contemporary Interdisciplinary Art (ICIA, Bath), and as co-director & co-founder of independent arts venue The Parlour Showrooms and co-curator of In the City Series in Bristol.

As a producer Martha has supported artists to create: performances, exhibitions, installations, talks, workshops and new commissions. Through her role at KWMC she works across disciplines and sectors applying design thinking and participatory methodologies to social innovation projects. Currently working on projects around: AI and the non-human, citizen-led housing and digital fabrication. She is co-author on HCI published paper ‘A City in Common: A Framework to Foster Technology Innovation from the Bottom up’ and has given public presentations about citizen-led innovation at a range of conferences across the UK, Europe and Canada, including: The ENoLL OpenLivingLab Days conference in Montreal 2016, Thessaloniki 2019 and URBACT city festival in Tallinn 2017

You can find Martha on Twitter @martharoseking 



Saturday 7th March 

10:30 arrivals for 11:00 start

18:30 communal dinner, finishing at 21:00

Sunday 8th March 

09:30 arrivals for 10:00 start 

14:30 close

Who is this suitable for?

Aimed at early to mid-career artists who are wanting some help defining the direction their current working practice is taking, whilst wanting to meet like-minded artists in a supportive and inspired environment to build new networks and meet new peers.

Do I need to bring anything?

In advance of the weekend please forward a link to your work or an image and a few lines about what you are currently working on and would like to achieve from the weekend to martha.kng@gmail.com. Bring with you:

– one object that you feel represents something about your practice

– something that has been inspiring you that you’d like to share with the group (could be a book, a material, a song, a poem etc.)

Is the retreat catered?

Yes! We provide refreshments throughout the day as well as a home-cooked lunch and evening meal which are all freshly prepared in our Granary kitchen. All meals are served around our communal dining table, offering you a great chance to get to know everyone on the course and share in the thoughts and discoveries you have been developing throughout the day.

Please advise us of any dietary and access requirements before arrival.

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