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The Conversation: Arts Deadlines


by Stephen Becker 20 Oct 2010

This weekend, the 150 artists creating work for the Art Conspiracy auction have 24 hours to finish their pieces. And there’s no doubt many of the artists will be shaping and perfecting their work right up to the last minute. So that got us wondering – do deadlines interfere with the creative process? Or does a mandatory stop time actually jump start the creative juices and cause you to focus? Drop us a comment and let us know.

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A weekly question to prompt discussion about the arts.

This weekend, the 150 artists creating work for the Art Conspiracy auction have 24 hours to finish their pieces. And there’s no doubt many of the artists will be shaping and perfecting their work right up to the last minute. So that got us wondering – do deadlines interfere with the creative process? Or does a mandatory stop time actually jump start the creative juices and cause you to focus? Drop us a comment and let us know.

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  • sarah jane

    Constraints are our friend.

  • I’m not a visual artist, but I am a creative writer, and deadlines absolutely help me focus. I may curse them, but they keep me accountable.

    On another note, I cannot wait for Art Conspiracy this weekend!

  • Anne Bothwell

    I too like deadlines. I like to think that if I’m feeling hemmed in, pressed up against the edge, in a box, no matter how tiny, there’s always an infinite amount of space between my hand and the wall. Very reassuring and liberating.

  • Jerome Weeks

    Yes, and just when you’re pressed up against that wall, you can look straight out the door of your office, see me, and tell me I need to get crackin’ to meet your deadline.

  • Anne Bothwell

    Ha! Yes, Jerome, I forgot to mention the infinite opportunities to nag and pester are also very reassuring 🙂

  • Jerome Weeks

    It’s why I think of deadlines as “management enablers.”