Dean Kelland is a Birmingham based artist and one of the co-curator of the first 'No Such Thing' collectives exhibition at The Custard Factory in Birmingham.
|Artwork by Mark Devereux|
The exhibition will be held from 10th-13th April.
Dean is a full time tutor at a local art college and has been exhibiting artwork nationally for over 10 years, both as a solo artist and in group exhibitions.
He told us why it's important for him personally to organise an art event like this and why artists need to 'stick together'.
"The organisation of events like this one at the Custard Factory is vital in terms of curatorial experience. Also organising this show at the Custard Factory has meant I can continue to network and meet fellow artists that are pulling in a similar direction to me.
|Image by Rebecca Robertson|
"Working within a collective of artists really speeds up the process of organising an exhibition. There are a number of time consuming factors which need to be taken care of before a show can go ahead - and the more people to help the better.
"Working as an art collective helps to secure funding and exhibition space, but it also allows you to make valuable connections, develop your practice in a creative environment and opens up networking opportunities.
"Many of the artists involved in this show already know each other through University, or after working together on other projects."
|Artwork by Hilton Vasey|
Dean continued: "A number of artists pooling their resources together can get an exhibition off the ground in next to no time.
"The Custard Factory were very welcoming to our project and helped us secure a date early on, which meant we could concentrate on bringing together the artists and find ways to fund the show."
The exhibition provides a selection of work by 10 multi-media Birmingham based artists who've all come together to explore personal notions of memory, time and identity.
'No Such Thing' runs from 10th - 13th April at the Custard Factory.