PILOT: is an independent not-for-profit initiative led by artists and independent curators, that provides an ongoing support network and bi-annual large-scale independent forum for emerging artists who do not have commercial representation.
For each edition of PILOT: one hundred prominent and emerging curators, critics, artists and collectors are asked to nominate one artist who is not represented commercially.
The project is designed to be a platform, and catalyst, where information is exchanged and contacts made between artists, curators, collectors and gallerists.
These contacts are made via this website which operates as an ongoing updated archive, as well as through the informal and dynamic environment of the events.
Each nominated artist provides documentation of past and future projects both on this website's electronic archive and in a hard-copy archive, in which are kept dossiers that are updated regularly by the artists. Click here to see the online archive and read more about it.
HOW TO USE THE WEBSITE
The navigation is divided into three main menus at the top just below our logo: HOME, EVENTS and ARCHIVE.
- Under HOME, you will find the latest news on PILOT:, some general info, contacts and links.
- Under EVENTS you will find out details on our current and latest projects.
- The ARCHIVE menu is where you can browse through previous PILOT: editions, PILOT:1, PILOT:2 and PILOT:3, see who were the artists and who nominated them. Again, the message box at the bottom of each artist's page enables you to get in touch with them directly.
CONTEXT OF PILOT:
For PILOT:1 in 2004, we had identified an increasingly widening and under-represented gap between the support offered to artists by the art education institutions and the commercial system of galleries and art-fairs within the UK. We saw that this gap was, and continues to be populated by a large number of independent artists and curators whose work has matured beyond the remits of the educational environment, but is not seen by the commercial system.
However, this is where some of the most innovative and exciting art work and research is being produced; and yet there was no independent not-for-profit large-scale forum to represent these artists’ interests. PILOT:1 offered a new innovative model to begin to explore and attempt to fill this gap in arts provision. PILOT: continues with events around the world to undertake this task.