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Mesh: a sharing hub for emerging artists [edit]

Mesh is a wiki to support artists in the UK. The joy of wikis is that every reader can also be a contributor - you can add your own content and help build the site into a valuable resource for even more people. We hope you enjoy using this site to develop your own art practice and connect with people in your local area and beyond.


Each month we meet on Zoom for a wiki hackathon to add content to this site together.

To receive updates and invites to our Hackathons, sign up here or email mesh.caretaker@gmail.com for details on how to join us.


On this site you'll find:

  • an atlas of workshops, facilities, groups and artists in the UK, organised by location and by type - (Networks)
  • useful and practical templates, guides & walkthroughs - (Resources)
  • a library of creative activities and readings to inspire your practice - (Inspiration)
  • a wish list of resources and information that Mesh users are looking for, which helps us build the site and fill in the most urgent gaps - (Wiki Wish-List).


Through highlighting and valuing what we already have and sharing this knowledge with others, we're exploring ways of coming together, shaping our own artworlds and developing alternative notions of success.


Aims

  • To create an online space by and for emerging artists, where facilities, resources and networks can be shared
  • To foster collectivity and mutuality in UK art communities
  • To value and support each others’ work and communities, which operate largely outside of mainstream and established institutions
  • To strengthen different scales of networks - both local and national, physical and virtual


Ethos

  • Promoting smaller grassroots initiatives over larger, non artist-led studios, workshops, galleries
  • Bringing together and sharing accessible content for the benefit of emerging artists in the UK
  • Representing all regions of the UK

On this site[edit]

Networks[edit]

an atlas of workshops, facilities, groups and artists in the UK, organised by location and by type

Resources[edit]

useful and practical templates, guides & walkthroughs

Inspiration[edit]

a library of creative activities and readings to inspire your practice

Wiki wish-list[edit]

what would you like to see on the wiki? what are we missing? are you able to answer any of these users' questions?

Sorting Pile[edit]

If you can't find the right space to add your resources, drop them in this sorting pile! Another user might just move them to the right section for you.

How to use this site[edit]

A wiki is a kind of website that enables everyone to be both a contributor and a user, which makes it easy for people to share ideas and resources around a specific purpose.

We invite you to explore and use this wiki, but - more importantly - we invite you to share your own resources and connect with other contributors. If you've never contributed to a wiki or online resource before, don't worry - there are guides below to help you get started.

Keep in mind that all listings should be sympathetic to the aims and ethos of this site (above). Please only share content that you've created, or that you have permission to share from the creator.

If you're feeling very stuck and want to speak directly to the caretaker, email Esther at mesh.caretaker@gmail.com (account checked every monday).


How-to Guides[edit]

Getting Started - setting up a MediaWiki account and making your first edits

How to add to the Networks page

How to add to the Resources page

How to add to the Inspiration page


IF YOU HAVE A WIKIMEDIA ACCOUNT AND ARE STRUGGLING TO LOG IN, TRY SWITCHING YOUR BROWSER FROM CHROME TO SAFARI

About[edit]

What is a wiki?[edit]

Wikis are websites or databases developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content. They are well suited for gathering knowledge from multiple perspectives, and for sharing information that is evolving. You can find out more about wikis here (on the most well-known wiki of them all, Wikipedia), and explore some examples of other wikis which have inspired us:

Critical Practice Chelsea

Stencil Wiki

Zinewiki


Into the Wild[edit]

This wiki was instigated by Chisenhale Studios' artist development program 'Into the Wild'. The taught program is opened up through initiatives like this wiki, so that other artists can connect with the ideas, information and thinking that’s shared during the program.


Aims ethos.jpg


These documents are collaborative, creative interpretations of the ideas which have inspired the wiki, produced by the current Into the Wild cohort.


Download a PDF of our aims here: File:AIMS.pdf

Download a PDF of our ethos here: File:ETHOS-5pp.pdf


Contributors[edit]

The following artists have contributed to this site:

Esther McManus

Niklas Gustafson

Susannah Bolton

Sophie Chapman

Matilda Glen

Isis Whiteaway

Jessica El Mal

Zaneta Zukalova

Charlotte Dawson

Lauren J Matthews