Professional Practice as Research

Professional Practice as Research

A Workshop by Dawit L. Petros

This event hosted by G.A.S. resident Dawit L. Petros orchestrated a crucial encounter for performing artists from Q-dance Studio at G.A.S. Foundation. It constituted a three-hour workshop aimed at demystifying the institutional and professional frameworks that shape contemporary art practice. Professional Practice as Research was designed to empower artists by enhancing their understanding of formal structures and processes prevalent in the arts industry, thereby aligning their creative pursuits with professional standards and expectations.


The workshop equipped participants with the necessary tools to navigate, engage, and possibly transform these frameworks in ways that resonate with their trajectories. Through this intensive session, the performing artists from Q-dance Studio were invited to gain strategic insight into the operational dynamics of the arts sector, fostering a more robust engagement with both the material and conceptual aspects of professional artistic practice. The practical aspects of the workshop included CV and Artist Biography writing exercises, as well as methodologies towards productive artist opportunity research.










Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 15th May, 2024

Time: 11 am - 2 pm

Venue: G.A.S. Foundation, 9b Hakeem Dickson Drive, off TF Kuboye Road, Oniru, Lagos




Dawit L. Petros is a visual artist, researcher, and educator. He completed an MFA in Visual Art at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; a BFA in Photography at Concordia University, Montreal; a BA in History at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon; and the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum in New York City. His work bridges art, design, architecture, and history. Petros interrogates the relationship between African history, migration narratives, modernity, and the legacies of colonialism shaping current events. Petros anchors his production of photography, video, sound, and sculptural installations on extensive periods of study and travel. He is sensitive to formal concerns that balance political engagement with aesthetic language drawn from an abiding interest in minimalist sculpture and conceptual art-making.


Dawit's residency is generously supported by Tiwani Contemporary.


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