UN/LEARNING SPACE: SUNDAY SESSIONS

UN/LEARNING SPACE: SUNDAY SESSIONS

As part of the 6 month workshop series, UN/LEARNING SPACE, Huma Kabakci will be hosting Sunday Sessions. Taking place on a Sunday once a month, the workshops will shine light on a number of Huma’s experiences from working in the art world for over 10 years. 

By participating in the affordable Sunday Sessions, you will be supporting the UN/LEARNING SPACE workshops leaders directly so they are recognised for their expertise and contribution. 

Redefining Success and how to carve through your own path  

11 April 2021, Sunday 5-6:30 pm

In this session Founding Director of Open Space and Independent Curator, Huma Kabakci, will give a lecture on the problematics of how success is seen in the art world and how it can be redefined by giving examples to theories and found data. Huma’s will share her own experiences in having to take on responsibilities at an early age and deciding to carve her own path by building new networks and relationships in the talk. The format of the lecture will be informal and Q&As will be available at any time of the session. 

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Finding a balance between working for someone and your own projects 

9 May 2021, Sunday 5-6:30 pm 

This specific workshop is tailored to young art professionals who need the extra work to support themselves financially but who are also running their own independent projects. Since Huma runs her own organisation, Open Space and works part time as a Development Manager at the Drawing Room, she will explore different approaches to balancing between the power dynamics and priorities. 

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Huma Kabakcı and Hannah Watson discuss how to build and maintain a collection during a pandemic: Part 1 with Huma and Part 2 with Hannah.

13 June 2021, Sunday

Part 1: 3-4:30 pm

Part 1 of this workshop with Huma will explore how in light of the pandemic, unique pieces of artworks have been attainable (regardless of size or money) due to initiatives such as Artist Support Pledge or charity auctions like Covid Capsule and have allowed for artists to be supported directly. How it has been important to support young galleries, initiatives and artists. Huma will give examples to collectors such as the Vogels and from her own experience in running a collection continuing from her father’s legacy. For this session, participants will be required to send questions in advance so Huma can prepare her presentation accordingly. 

Part 2: 5-6:30 pm

Part two with Hannah Watson (TJ Boulting) will explore how to approach a gallery or enquire for an artwork if one is interested to build a collection. Hannah will give insight into how to build a collection, how work is priced, editions, what to look for and ask for in acquiring an artwork. 

This workshop will explore the dynamics and boundaries between the collector, gallerist and artists: what is the right etiquette to approach and start a conversation?

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Huma Kabakcı (b. London, 1990) is an Independent Curator and Founding Director of Open Space, living and working between London and Istanbul. Kabakcı recently joined the Drawing Room as a Development Manager. She studied at the London College of Communication and completed an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art. Kabakcı completed a curatorial fellowship at the 2018 Liverpool Biennial, supported by ICF (International Curators Forum). She has worked at commercial galleries, museums and auction houses, both in the UK and Turkey, including Sotheby’s (London), The Albion Gallery (London) and Pera Museum (Istanbul). Kabakcı manages the Huma Kabakcı Collection, a private art collection comprising over 900 works of Turkish, Central Asian and European contemporary art bequeathed to her by her late father Nahit Kabakcı. As part of the 2010 Ruhr & Pecs Capital of Culture projects she has overseen three major exhibitions of the Collection, at Osthaus Museum Hagen, Mönchehaus Museum Goslar and Modern Hungarian Gallery, Pecs. Kabakcı’s curatorial interests lie in subjects such as diaspora, cultural identity, memory and cross-cultural discourse. Open Space has collaborated with institutions such as Block Universe Performance Festival, Delfina Foundation, IKSV (Istanbul Biennial Foundation), SAHA Foundation and SALT.

Hannah Watson is the Director of contemporary art gallery TJ Boulting and publisher Trolley Books. TJ Boulting was founded in Fitzrovia in 2011, taking its name from the Grade II* listed building the gallery inhabits. TJ Boulting’s programme supports and represents a dynamic group of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, including Poulomi Basu, Juno Calypso, Maisie Cousins, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Boo Saville, Stephanie Quayle and Juliana Cerqueira Leite. The gallery has hosted the British Journal of Photography International Award since 2015. Established in 2001, Trolley Books publish a diverse range of titles presenting unique stories in photography, photojournalism and contemporary art. 

https://www.tjboulting.com/

@tjboulting

How to avoid conflict of interest

1 August 2021, Sunday 5-6:30 pm 

Having struggled with different identities whether it be a second generation collector, founding director, freelancer or curator, Huma will explore the ways in which you can avoid conflict of interest and build trust on transparency in the current art ecosystem. Sometimes At times, with different roles and power dynamics it can be very difficult to avoid crossing certain boundaries. In this workshop Huma will present case studies and certain situations that art professionals can find themselves in and how to try to avoid messy situations. 

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Huma Kabakcı (b. London, 1990) is an Independent Curator and Founding Director of Open Space, living and working between London and Istanbul. Kabakcı recently joined the Drawing Room as a Development Manager. She studied at the London College of Communication and completed an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art. Kabakcı completed a curatorial fellowship at the 2018 Liverpool Biennial, supported by ICF (International Curators Forum). She has worked at commercial galleries, museums and auction houses, both in the UK and Turkey, including Sotheby’s (London), The Albion Gallery (London) and Pera Museum (Istanbul). Kabakcı manages the Huma Kabakcı Collection, a private art collection comprising over 900 works of Turkish, Central Asian and European contemporary art bequeathed to her by her late father Nahit Kabakcı. As part of the 2010 Ruhr & Pecs Capital of Culture projects she has overseen three major exhibitions of the Collection, at Osthaus Museum Hagen, Mönchehaus Museum Goslar and Modern Hungarian Gallery, Pecs. Kabakcı’s curatorial interests lie in subjects such as diaspora, cultural identity, memory and cross-cultural discourse. Open Space has collaborated with institutions such as Block Universe Performance Festival, Delfina Foundation, IKSV (Istanbul Biennial Foundation), SAHA Foundation and SALT.