Changing the direction of your arts practice – when, why and how?

London-based ceramicist, Chris Keenan, and other artists discuss what it means to change the direction of their arts practice.

ArtsHub speaks with three artists at different stages of their careers about what it means to change the direction of an arts practice, whether a distinct style still matters and practical tips on the transition.

Someone who took a radical change of direction is London-based actor turned potter Chris Keenan. He tells ArtsHub: ‘I was working in commercials, television and theatre as an actor in the 80s and early 90s but there came a point when work was trailing off. I had a year where I did one day’s work as an actor, and I thought, ‘There’s a bit more to me than just sitting around doing nothing’.”

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_