Exchange across borders and disciplines is vital for building strong creative practice and cultural understanding and generating change. However, opportunities for focused, sustained dialogue are surprisingly rare.
PRAKSIS was established in 2015 in response to this problem. Founded by artist Nicholas John Jones, PRAKSIS is a not-for-profit organisation that works with experienced creative professionals and other bodies to facilitate thematically focused, supportive residencies for local and international practitioners and thinkers. PRAKSIS builds communities linking makers and theorists at all career stages. It does not charge participants, and welcomes applications for each residency from anyone with relevant experience and interests.
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 by foregrounding and enabling the making, thinking, discussion and exchange processes essential to all successful creative work.
PRAKSIS works to open the artistic process up to a wide audience. Its public events encourage deeper understanding and engagement with contemporary art – getting people excited about what artists do, not just what they produce.
Community – local, national and international – is key to PRAKSIS’s thinking. Its projects connect talented arts professionals from around the world to the Norwegian arts scene, building long-term links and enabling public access wherever it can.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES //
- Catalyse excellence in creative practice, through supportive group interaction and the sharing of research
- Create new, lasting links and mutual understanding between individuals and organisations locally, nationally and across international borders
- Increase public insight into the ideas and processes at the core of creative practice, opening art up to diverse audiences
- Address topics of contemporary relevance, contributing to international creative practice and discourse
- Encourage environmental awareness and operate in a sustainable fashion
- Stay flexible, maximising the organisation's ability to make the most of new opportunities.
The Team //
Nicholas John Jones // Founding Director
PRAKSIS is the brainchild of artist Nicholas John Jones. A graduate of the University of the Arts London, the Slade School of Fine Art, London and Konstfack, Stockholm, Jones 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 Norway, the UK, Sweden, and Australia. He has contributed to FiskFrisk.com and Artforum.com. In 2013, with Ivan Liotchev and Helen Knowles, he founded JKL Books, a bespoke publishing organisation producing handmade limited edition books.
The PRAKSIS concept was inspired by Jones's own experience of arts residencies in Kyoto, Japan; Florence, Italy; Trelex, Switzerland; and Hangzhou, China, and his involvement since 2013 with the Oslo art scene. Evolved through research and dialogue with senior contemporary arts practitioners and professionals from around the world, PRAKSIS was registered as a not-for-profit arts organisation and launched in 2015 with the support of Oslo City Council.
Rachel Withers // Co-founder of PRAKSIS
An art critic, Artforum International frequent contributor, executive member of AICA UK and Reader in Art Writing 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, and collaborates on diverse practical aspects of PRAKSIS delivery. Her work with Jones includes ongoing evaluation of and reflection on PRAKSIS outcomes in relation to its guiding principles and working processes.
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). She provides essential and wide-ranging support for PRAKSIS's day-to-day running and future development, including fundraising and networking, organisational research and coordination, translation and advice on issues of sustainability.
PRAKSIS offers grateful thanks to:
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, including:
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