The Artist as Consultant

16.07.20 - 24.09.20

Location: Online

Episode 1: Harold Offeh and Michelle Williams Gamaker on The Future of Art Education

NEW Episode 2: Bik Van der Pol and Yates Norton on Continuous Reconfigurations

Episode 3: Isabel Lewis and Lucia Pietroiusti on Sensory Studies for Social Innovation

Episode 4: Paul Maheke and Benoît Loiseau on Coexistence in the Age of Collapsing Ecosystems

Episode 5: Peles Empire and Anna Gritz on Parenthood and the Arts

Episode 6: Kira Freije and Stella Bottai on Terms and Conditions


A global pandemic, wide-spread racial injustices at boiling point and unfair cultural systems that need urgently addressing - how can the arts contribute to rebuilding this world, pulling us out of the times we are living through and give hope for a better world where all is not lost?

From July 2020, E-WERK Luckenwalde will present The Artist as Consultant: a digital conversation platform which aims to contribute to restructuring a top-down art world system which places artists below curators, directors and other ‘stakeholders’. Rather, this programme invites artists to personally consult and hold cultural practitioners accountable for deep-rooted hierarchies in our industry.

Each episode will invite a contemporary artist to consult on themes which are pertinent to 2020, but also key tenets of E-WERK’s mission and vision, such as autonomy, sustainability and ethical responsibility in arts making, the climate emergency and a fairer, more democratic art market.

Artists will lead all conversations and drive the talking points of each episode, joined by another cultural practitioner, policy maker, thinker or writer. Each episode will be an attempt to re-centre artists and their ideas of how the cultural industry should be run.


From 16 July at 7pm CET (6pm BST), episodes will be released fortnightly via the E-WERK website and Instagram (@ewerk_luckenwalde). See below for a full list of timings and guest pairings.