Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Independent Artist: Working to Commission

Lucy Goffin

Working to commission involves forming a special relationship with a client. Large works for public spaces require the artist to deal with architects, planners, and engineers. It involves navigating through time frames, budgets, and fire regulations. The challenge is not to compromise the creative process due to the added constraints. In fact the reverse can often be true: exciting creative ideas come out of problem solving within a working brief.

Lucy Goffin has exhibited nationally and internationally. Notable collections containing her work include the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Crafts Council, London. She received an Arts Council Millennium Award which led to a "Year of the Artist" residency at Great Dixter House and Gardens (home of gardener/writer Christopher Lloyd). Her most recent work was the completion of a major commission for the Glyndebourne Opera House.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 22, 2007
Posted February 2009