The Debrief

Hot Desque @ Thames-Side Studios Education Space

Thames Side Studios, Harrington Way, London SE18 5NR, UK

Saturday 19 October, 4pm–6pm

Films by: Saudamini Kalra & Neena Percy; Alice May Williams; Rhona Foster, in Ocular Inc, April 2019 at Thames Side Studios Gallery. Curated by Hot Desque.

Join Hot Desque as they provide The Debrief with a team of art workers to give and gain invaluable feedback. This event will bring together the Human Resources of sharing information, personal reflection and experience analysis. Hot Desque Anonymous endeavours to expose work/art/life realities and to demystify the image of the of the ‘artist’ today. Practitioners Naomi Fitzsimmons, Jon Kipps and Saudamini Kalra will discuss their labour-related practices and the impact of the many job roles they take on.

The team will address the following:

  • The competitive nature of the art world, with its links to the capital value of artworks and the individual ‘artist-as-genius’
  • How we can establish more transparent and supportive networks and the importance of peer support and artist-run projects
  • How artists support themselves and their practices financially and the pros and cons of freelance/flexible employment
  • The language we use around ‘art’ as work or hobby and the impact of the labels we assign ourselves
  • How educational institutions could better prepare artists for professional realities

What to expect:

  • Screenings and analysis of the artists recent work-related work with Jon Kipps and Naomi Fitzsimmons
  • Live-stream performance with theatre artist Saudamini Kalra
  • You may give or take from opt-in discussions
  • Tips and experiences in collaboration
  • Drinks & Snacks!

Taking place in an immersive board room, Hot Desque Anonymous prides itself on breaking the usual office formalities by offering you a Brew By Numbers drink whilst they debrief.

The Debrief is being organised by Hot Desque, an artist-run curatorial practice working in temporary spaces in London.

For reference of the speakers’ professional pursuits, see below an attached CV:
HR – Tech start-up
Temp Office Staff
Event Coordinator – Charity
Art Tutor – Workshops
Art Fabricator
Video Editor/ Camera Woman
Set Design and Build
Catering/cafe work
Promoter – club nights
Artist’s Assistant
Art teacher – summer school
Venue manager
Running theatre workshops
Account Manager – advertising
Office Manager – advertising
Receptionist and HR consultant – finance
Researcher – advertising
Carer for people living with dementia
Piano Teacher
Data Collector
Set Painter
Sales Assistant
English Language Tutor


Naomi Fitzsimmons, Saudamini Kalra, Jon Kipps


Hot Desque

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Hot Desque @ Thames-Side Studios Education Space

Thames Side Studios, Harrington Way, London SE18 5NR, UK