Exchange across borders and disciplines is vital to furthering strong creative practice, cultural understanding and to generating change, yet opportunities for focused, sustained dialogue are surprisingly rare.
Recognising this problem, PRAKSIS was established as a not-for-profit organisation by artist Nicholas John Jones in 2015. We work with experienced creative professionals and organisations to facilitate thematically focused, supportive communities of local and international practitioners and thinkers of all career stages without charge. Applications are welcomed through open call from anyone with relevant experience and interest.
Our name PRAKSIS, Norwegian for practice, also invokes the English word ‘praxis’: the fusion of theory and practice. This represents our central ethos: to support creative practitioners, and to foreground the processes of making, thinking, discussion and exchange essential to all successful creative work.
PRAKSIS aims to open the artistic process up to a wide audience, and encourage a deeper engagement with and understanding of contemporary art – getting people excited about what artists do, not just what they produce. Each residency is accompanied by a range of public events.
Community – local, national and international – is key to PRAKSIS’s thinking. We aim to link talented arts professionals from around the world to the Norwegian arts scene and its wider community, building links and enabling public access wherever we can.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES //
- Open new art practices and processes up to diverse audiences, though a range of opportunities and events
- Create new links between individuals and organisations locally, nationally and across international boarders
- Develop links between the arts and other disciplines
- Operate in an environmentally conscious, sustainable fashion
- Collaborate with other organisations, sharing resources and maximising potential
- Stay flexible, allowing the organisation to make the most of new opportunities.
The Team //
Nicholas John Jones // Founding Director
PRAKSIS, founded 2015, is the brainchild of artist and Oslo resident Nicholas John Jones. Jones is a graduate of the University of the Arts London and the Slade School of Fine Art. He has taught at Reading Blue Coat School, Wimbledon College of Art and Manchester Metropolitan University. He has curated exhibitions and coordinated discussions and gallery events in Oslo, Wrexham, Manchester and London. Jones contributes to FiskFrisk.com and Artforum.com, and together with Ivan Liotchev and Helen Knowles in 2013, he founded JKL Books, a bespoke publishing organisation producing handmade limited edition books.
Based on his own inspiring experience of arts residencies in Kyoto, Japan; Florence, Italy; Trelex, Switzerland; and Hangzhou, China, and his involvement since 2013 with the Oslo art scene, he evolved the PRAKSIS concept. Following extensive research and diverse dialogues with senior contemporary arts practitioners and professionals from around the world, the work of making the concept a reality began. In 2015, with material support from Oslo City Council, PRAKSIS was officially registered as an not-for-profit arts organization and planning towards the 2016-17 pilot programme commenced.
Rachel Withers // Co-founder of PRAKSIS
An art critic, Artforum International frequent contributor, executive member of AICA UK and faculty member at Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University, Rachel Withers is PRAKSIS’s key advisor and co-founder. She assists Nicholas Jones on PRAKSIS’s conceptual design, forward planning and organisational networking. As PRAKSIS’ 2016-17 programme takes shape and establishes its resource base, she will be working with him to formalise its managerial and advisory teams and articulate the organisation’s medium and long-term profile.
Charlotte Teyler // Development, Research & Coordination
Charlotte Teyler holds degrees in Global Studies (University of Sydney, Australia) and International Relations (Nottingham University, Ningbo, China). She previously worked for Corporate Responsibility Group as Programme Coordinator. Her specialist field of interest is sustainable development, and she is on the board of FIVAS (Foreningen for Internasjonale Vannstudier). Her broad-based administrative support – including fundraising, organisational research and coordination, translation and advice on issues of sustainability – has been essential to PRAKSIS’ conception and establishment.
PRAKSIS offers grateful thanks for ongoing advice from:
Eliza Bonham-Carter (Curator & Head, Royal Academy Schools) // Dani Burrows (Director of Development, Delphina Foundation) // Graham Hayward (Founder and Project Leader, Fellesverkstedet) // Robert Holyhead (Artist) // Russell Martin (Programme Manager, Artquest) // Jon Mihle (Director, Portåsen) // Aya Mousawi & Simon Sekhai (Founding Directors, The Moving Museum) // John Peter Nilsson (Museum Director, Moderna Museet Malmö) // Lauren O'Neill-Butler (Managing Editor, Artforum.com) // Christopher Smith (Director, British School at Rome)
PRAKSIS’s foundation has been enabled through the advice, support, enthusiasm and generosity of many individuals. PRAKSIS would like to extend grateful thanks to:
Phillip Allen // Cornelia Baltes // Bianca Baroni // Andrew Berardini // Robert Bordo // Pieter Dobbelsteen // Rune Elgaard // Katya García-Antón // Orit Gat // Linda Hemmersbach // Kristofer Henriksson // Martin Holman // Helen Knowles // Ivan Liotchev // Wendy McLean // Damien Meade // Lisa Milroy // Andrew Mummery // Matthew Musgrave // Kezia Pritchard // Clunie Reid // Nina Rodin // Tanja Sæter // Mike Salter // Kristen Schaffer // Sarah E. K. Smith // Peter Suchin // Estelle Thompson // Michele Tocca // The Trelex Residency // Phoebe Unwin