Networking, Building and Maintaining Relationships with Natasha Caruana
Wednesday, 18th May 6pm - 7:30pm
***Please note the earlier starting time of 6pm.***
The working world is all about relationships. The people you know are the key to your progress - and they feel the same about you. The better they know you, the more they like and trust you, the more attention they will give to supporting your career and giving you work. So - get to know people. Be nice to them. Keep a note of what you talk about, anything they asked for, and follow up. Treat them well. If you meet someone whose work you like, tell them, and tell others. Maybe you will work with them in the future; if you recommend them, they might recommend you. Do this genuinely and without cynicism. And try and be systematic about this; put time into it.
We are delighted to welcome Natasha Caruana back to Redeye. Her work at every level is about relationships, and she's inspired many others during the pandemic, bringing people together and nurturing new collaborations. Among the subjects she will discuss:
- Advice on creating authentic connections for your work
- How to strategise who you need to meet to progress your career
- Networking over email and returning to real life events
Natasha Caruana is a London-based artist working across photography, moving image and installation. Caruana has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London. Her work begins autobiographically, exploring narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy, underpinned by a performative and playful approach. Her work is created drawing from archives, the Internet and personal accounts. The series Married Man breaks with traditional portrayals of infidelity, whilst later works grapple with the institution of marriage - its promise and defeat. She is the founder of Work Show Grow and a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University of the Arts London.
Natasha is currently showing her first early career survey show A Lover's Discourse at the new Centre de la photographie de Mougins, France. The exhibition brings together fragments across eight series of works from the past 16 years. Caruana's works have toured widely across the United States, France, Lithuania, Portugal, India, China, Australia and Saudi Arabia and included in numerous contemporary photographic catalogues, printed as monographs. Recent exhibitions include - The Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2019, Hooked, Science Gallery, London, 2018, Timely Tale, Photoworks, Brighton, 2017, The New Observatory, FACT, Liverpool 2017, The Real Thing, Flowers Gallery, New York, 2016, Married Man, International Center for Photography Museum (project space), New York, 2016. In 2014 Caruana was named as the winner of the BMW Artist in Residence Award at the Nicéphore Niépce Museum, France. The award led to solo shows at Les Rencontres d'Arles and Paris Photo and the monograph Coup de Foudre.
In 2018 Natasha set up the organisation Work Show Grow, which hosts supportive and collaborative workshops throughout the year. At the heart of the WSG ethos is the belief that progressing a creative work doesn't need to be lonely and competitive. It can be fun and supportive. Since 2016 she has run the NC mentorship scheme, an annual mentorship aimed at women under-represented within the arts. The self-funded scheme supports creative development, confidence, and provides valuable practical knowledge on how to maintain a creative work.
Who is this event for?
This event is open to all. It’s particularly aimed at photographers and photographic artists either interested in setting up their own photographic or creative visual business, or in the early stages (first 3-4 years) of it. It will also be useful for anyone working as a photographer who is planning a change or feels their business could do with some refreshing, as well as recent graduates.
As with all Redeye’s events, the course is informal, friendly, welcoming and a safe space. We encourage attendance from all sections of the community regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or social class. We want everyone to be able to access this course so if you have any particular needs or restrictions, please let us know so we can work with you.
This event takes place on Wednesday, 18th May 6pm - 7:30pm.
There are 18 sessions in the full It's Your Business course which run across various dates in January to April 2022 - see here the breakdown of dates. If you are interested in several sessions it's probably more cost effective for you to buy a full course ticket.
Online! You will need an internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet. These events will take place over Zoom.
Tickets for individual sessions are £12.50 for Redeye members and a full price ticket is £16.50.
Full course tickets are £145 for Redeye members and £190 for non-members.