Ahead of this year's Artweek we caught up with Rebecca ter Borg, curator of the High Street Art Market – an exciting new addition to Late Night Art where you can support local artists. We asked her what people can expect from the market, and what she's looking forward to this Artweek in the city centre.
Tell us about your career in the art world.
I work as a freelance illustrator. I have always loved drawing and illustration and have followed a fairly straight path, studying design and illustration at university and continuing to take on illustration commissions. However I do like to diversify a bit, partly as illustration can be a fairly solitary pursuit at times! Drawing live portraits at events with Quick Draw Sketch Gang has been a nice way for me of making art a bit social and keeping drawing fresh and immediate. I've also taught illustration and enjoyed the sharing that involves. I really enjoy being part of markets and group exhibitions, having a chance to create my own work without having to answer to a client is always a nice change!
What are you most looking forward to this Artweek?
Late Night Art is always fun, I've done live 10 minute live sketch portraits with Quick Draw Sketch Gang there in the past and it's a great event to be part of. Such a nice buzz, lots of different things on and so many people out and about for art's sake!
What is the curation process behind the market?
I've started out trying to include a range of different art disciplines and artists from different walks of life, taking suggestions for artists from Heart of the City and other organisations such as the Queer Art Market that I might not have come across otherwise. I'm trying to balance affordability with respecting the time and experience it takes for artists to create work. Illustration is ideal for this as multiple copies can be made of prints as opposed to one-off artworks so illustrators, zine-makers and graphic artists were easy to get on board, however we will also have small sculpture, ceramics, embroidery, art-books, raranga (weaving), traditional print-making and wearable pieces so I'm very excited to see everyone's final stalls!
What can audiences expect for this year's Artweek?
As always there is so much on, I would say there is something for everyone!