The Common Field Convening is a four-day gathering created by and for the field of visual artists' organizations. The convening investigates the contexts and conditions of experimental, non-commercial projects and organizations across the country, exploring existing and emerging structures of support, and providing opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and exchange around practical and value-driven issues in the field. The program includes panels, discussions, skill shares, events, tours, and celebrations throughout the host city. The convening provides a rare opportunity for exchange, resources sharing and cross-pollination for visual arts organizers whose organizations support artists and foster experimental projects that are responsive to and embedded in the places and communities in which they live and work.
Convening Miami 2016
The Miami Convening will be led by partners Bas Fisher Invitational, Cannonball, Dimensions Variable, and Locust Projects. These partners will work with a robust and diverse group of more than 60 affiliate artists-centered organizations, projects, spaces and collectives across the city to organize the three day schedule of programs, project commissions, production, and participation.
The convening is produced through a partnership between a coalition of Miami arts organizations and a national convening council brought together by Common Field. The local organizations determine themes and issues relevant to their community, assemble local artists and organizers, choreograph the program, set local venues for accessible hospitality and enjoyment, and document the program to share nationally. The Council helps to shape program topics, invite national participants, expand the conversation to the national context, and carry momentum and insights of the convening forward from year to year.
Miami 2016 will be the fourth iteration of the convening. Hand-in-Glove, started by Threewalls in Chicago 2011, provided the impetus for Common Field to form as a national organization. The convening, as part of the broader initiative of Common Field, was produced by Press Street in New Orleans in 2013, and then by Soap Factory and Works Progress in Minneapolis in 2015.
Common Field is committed to keeping the convening accessible. Ticket prices are $125 (members), $150 (non-members). We also coordinate inexpensive housing options, support creative driven food economies, and focus on the ways that formal and informal outlets for participation and engagement make for the most profound experience.
Full program information and convening tickets will be available in July. A 1 page document for helping Common Field members and potential convening attendees share with local funders about the value of supporting their communities of practitioners and organizers to attend the convening will be available in May.
About Miami Lead Partners
BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational) is a 501 (c) (3) artist run space dedicated to creativity, experimentation, and discourse in contemporary art. We aim to create a bridge between Miami and the International art world by curating a program that alternates between the local and the global. BFI is committed to building the Miami arts community by offering support for artist projects, in particular, WEIRD MIAMI, a platform for exhibitions and public programming that takes a behind the scenes look at the city and its artistic offerings. BFI is a not-for-profit funded primarily by grants, donations, and the sale of print editions.
Cannonball is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3), arts organization dedicated to supporting artists, innovative forms of cultural production, and education to advance critical discourse and understanding of contemporary art practice. Cannonball’s artist-centric values are mirrored in its experimental programs, resources, and opportunities that respond to the needs of today’s artists and reflect our efforts to better understand the nuances and textures of South Florida.
Dimensions Variable (DV) is an exhibition space based in Miami and committed to the presentation and support of contemporary art. Through a collaborative exchange with artists and institutions, DV develops a contemporary art program that engages the community and promotes new and experimental practices. DV was founded in 2009 by artists Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova who direct the gallery.
Locust Projects is a not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public.