Between 2000-2011, the Artists Professional Development Network (APD) was an important UK-wide intelligence and exchange forum for organisations pro-actively developing information, advice, training and professional development services for visual and applied artists.
Founder organisations included a-n The Artists Information Company, Artquest, Crafts Council, Fabrica and Space. APD network ran on a collaborative basis steered by a small dedicated committee drawn from the membership.
Members ranged from artist-led organisations to cultural industries bodies and Higher Education institutions. The APD network operated informally, responding to the need for discussion and knowledge-sharing by setting up a user-generated website, organising networking events and developing joint projects that strategically extended professional development methodology and knowledge.
In 2011, the current committee drew APD to a close, and the website was handed over to a-n The Artists Information Company. Updated occasionally, it now operates essentially as a signposting mechanism and archive of reports from activities that took place in 2010.
For visual artists seeking professional development opportunities, sign up to www.a-n.co.uk/jobs_and_opps
Organisations seeking to promote professional development services to visual artists should contact firstname.lastname@example.org