The Field Network

The Field Network by thefieldnewyork
March 21, 2011, 10:00 am
Filed under: Home Base

The Field Network is a consortium of sites that provide Fieldwork workshops and other Field programs.  Initiated in 1993, the Network has locations in cities across the United States and in Europe.  Each site tailors its activities to the local community with the mission to support artists as they develop their work and to help artists sustain a life in the arts.  Sites are stewarded by trained Fieldwork facilitators who also are practicing artists themselves.

Fieldwork is a workshop in which art makers learn about their work, develop their ability to give critical commentary, and build a community of artistic peers.  The primary goal of Fieldwork is to provide structure and support for an artist’s process.  Fieldwork is one of the few places where artists of any creative discipline can develop their own craft at their own pace.

The Fieldwork model of critique has been honed for 25 years, and continues to be a powerful tool in the process of making art and learning how to give feedback.  In Fieldwork sessions, participants share their works in progress and exchange criticism with a community of peers.  In order to ensure objective, unbiased feedback, they do not provide explanations about their work or their artistic intentions.  When giving feedback, participants describe what they saw or heard, commenting on the structure of the work, intent, content, emotional response, and themes developed, providing a detailed and multi-faceted reflection of what was shown.  All feedback is non-directorial; instead comments are focused on what’s happening in the work and how those choices shape the work, so that the authorship of each artist is respected and supported.

The Field was founded in 1986 in New York City, and this location is the founding and central hub of the Network.  The Field was begun by a small group of performing artists who met weekly with the goal of improving their artwork and building their careers. From this modest and intimate origin, The Field organically grew into the nationally recognized arts service organization that we are today.

Fieldwork Workshops in New York

For more information, including how to set up a site in your community, please contact Associate Director, Pele Bauch:

The Field
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 906
New York, NY 10013


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