Recently I’ve been reflecting on the role of the artist who engages with people as a part of their practice. Waymarking has been lucky to work in partnership with several experienced visual artists in the last four years, who work in just this way. Last summer Waymarking convened a series of online meetings with them and I found myself thinking more about the value of this way of working and the skills involved. During these conversations they very kindly agreed to me calling them Waymarking Freelancers, they are:
These kinds of artist are skilled in bringing potentially disparate members of a community together and facilitating engaging ‘community conversations’ that allow participants to expand ideas, share experiences, ask questions, inspire each other, find collective solutions to issues, support community decision-making and identify a path towards practical action.
See the next two posts for more on the values of this way of working and the skills involved.
Image credit: Zine making workshop held by Jean McEwan for Waymarking Freelancers in January 2021