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The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award – Call For Submissions 

Deadline: Sunday 1st April 2018

The Biscuit Factory Foundation has announced a national open call for young artists working across various mediums. 

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award is an opportunity for artists 35 years old or younger working in the UK today to submit work to be included in an exhibition at The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award will profile the successful entrants and raise awareness of mixed contemporary art practices. The Biscuit Factory welcomes submissions including painting, photography, original handmade prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles and jewellery. 

The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity for a solo show of work at The Biscuit Factory, along with a comprehensive press package. There will also be a People’s Choice Winner, voted for by the public, and they will receive a £250 prize. All finalists will receive online and print coverage.

For further information, and to apply, visit Curatorspace.com.


Collection of the Artists: Symposium

Tuesday 21st November
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

With the support of an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts award, four artists have created new work in response to the collection and the landscape. Their journeys of creativity and collaboration have raised awareness of both the great potential and the challenges that arise when the worlds of art, heritage and gallery development collide.

You are invited to join the Collection of the Artists for a day, to share and enrich your and our learning. 

To book your place click here.

Collection of the Artists: Symposium

Tuesday 21st November
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has a long tradition of working with and supporting artists. In the last two years, a major refurbishment of the Wonders of the Peak Gallery allowed artists to work closely with the collections. With support of the Heritage Lottery fund, three artists have been in residence: Amanda Johnson, a composer; Richard Johnson, a visual artist and Gordon MacLellan, a story teller and poet. They have supported a range of community engagement programmes at the museum and in the landscape.

With the support of an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts award, four more artists have created new work in response to the collection and the landscape. Their journeys of creativity and collaboration have raised awareness of both the great potential and the challenges that arise when the worlds of art, heritage and gallery development collide.

You are invited to join the Collection of the Artists for a day, to share and enrich your and our learning. 

To book your place click here.

Moving Image Fund for Museums

A scheme from Art Fund and Thomas Dane Gallery that helps galleries and museums build their artists’ films collections to share with the nation.

The second round of the Moving Image Fund is now open for applications. The deadline is midday on Monday 30 October 2017.

What is the the Moving Image Fund?

The Moving Image Fund was created in 2015 to address the challenges that UK museums face when building their collections of moving-image works. The first scheme of its kind in the UK, it aims to ensure that the most significant works of contemporary film and video art can be bought for public collections. It is an Art Fund project conceived in partnership with and supported by Thomas Dane Gallery.

It is generously supported by the Ampersand Foundation, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, Thomas Dane Gallery, Gerry Fox, David and Rose Heyman, Pierre Lagrange, Rebecca Marks, the Outset Young Production Fund, the Rothschild Foundation and the Sfumato Foundation.

The first two venues to benefit from the fund were the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the Whitworth in Manchester; each was given £200,000 during the first round of the scheme which ran from 2015 to 2017 to help develop their moving-image collections.

This next round for applications is now open and involves:

  • Acquisitions: working with two new museum partners (in addition to the Towner and Whitworth) to provide them with up to £200,000 each to acquire extant film and video (museums are expected to contribute 10% to the overall acquisitions budget)
  • Commissions: a new partnership with Film and Video Umbrella to make possible four new commissions. FVU will work with each of our four partner museums – the Towner, the Whitworth – and the two new selected museums, to commission a new work, an edition of which will enter the museum’s collection. The commissions are supported by a separate budget (museums are not expected to contribute to this budget)

The acquisition phase for the two new partners will run for two years, from 2018 to 2020. The commissions will run between 2018/19 (Towner and Whitworth) and 2021/22 (new museum partners) with one new moving-image work being commissioned each year.

Who we will support

UK public museums that are:

  • Open for at least half the week, for at least six months of the year
  • Fully or provisionally accredited under the Arts Council Scheme

Terms and conditions

All recipients of grants will be asked to sign the full Grant Conditions. To say thank you to their members and enable them to see the works of art they’ve helped acquire, we ask you to:

  • Give free admission to your permanent collections for National Art Pass holders
  • Give free or half-price entry to your exhibitions
  • Make a permanent acknowledgement of our help
  • Collaborate with us on publicity and promotional work

How to apply

The application window is open from 26 September to midday on 30 October 2017.

If you are already registered as a curator/museum professional, log in to access the application form. If not, you can register here and then complete the application process.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential project, please contact Contemporary Projects Manager, Robert Dingle.

Seminar: Contemporary Artists in Rural Contexts II

Thursday 12th October, 11.00am – 4.15pm
Victoria Hall, Settle

This is the second in a series of training and development events organised by Chrysalis Arts which will explore how artists working in rural environments or with rural themes are developing new platforms and approaches to visual arts practice. The programme will:

  • Showcase current examples of innovative artistic practice from across the UK
  • Explore how artists are engaging with some of the challenges and issues facing rural communities
  • Offer an international perspective on contemporary rural practice and the benefits of networking, collaboration and co-operation
  • Include opportunities for themed discussion and information sharing

For artists, arts managers, national parks, local authorities, community and environmental officers and others who commission and collaborate with artists.

Cost: (Buffet lunch included) full price – £35.

Discounted fee for unwaged and emerging artists* – £28.

*within first three years of practice.

To book: contact artconnections@chrysalisarts.com / 01756 748529.

Meeting Point2: Portland Basin Museum

Original Gartside’s beer to be recreated with help from the people of Tameside
Portland Basin Museum, Ashton under Lyne

The recipe for a popular beer once brewed by Ashton under Lyne’s famous Gartside’s brewery is being resurrected – with a little help from the people of Tameside.

Portland Basin Museum is working together with artist Magnus Quaife to brew a beer made using the same recipe as Old Tom, a strong dark ale which was popular until the brewery closed down in the 1960s.

Artist Magnus Quaife explained: “I’ve teamed up with a local brewer, Millstone, who will be helping me to make and bottle some beer made to the original Gartside’s Old Tom recipe.

“As well as wanting to hear from anyone who might be able to shed some light on the original Old Tom ingredients, I would also love to hear from people who have memories of Gartside’s and its beers.”

The name of Gartside’s Old Tom is reputedly either a reference to Captain Thomas Gartside, a relative of John Gartside senior who founded the brewery, or the head horse keeper Mr Thomas Bell who served the company from 1876 until his death in 1907.

“This is a different beer from the Old Tom brewed today by Stockport’s Robinson’s brewery. I believe that if a recipe for the Gartside’s version is to be found it will be either at the National Brewery Museum Archives in Burton, or with the Family of Mr Lucas a former head brewer,” said Magnus.

The new brew will be called Old Thomas Bell, named after the brewery’s head horse keeper.

As well as piecing together the recipe and brewing the beer, Magnus will be collecting stories from anyone who has memories of Gartside’s brewery and the drinks it produced. These will be included in a zine which will be published later in the year, at the same time as the revived beer is launched.

People are also invited to attend a series of free workshops at Portland Basin Museum where they can work with Magnus Quaife to create posters inspired by the area’s brewing history. Elements of the artwork will then be used to create labels for the new bottles of Old Tom.

Rachel Cornes, Manager at Portland Basin Museum, said: “Gartside’s was one of the biggest brewers in the region and it employed a lot of people – there must be thousands of local people who remember the brewery or drank their beer.  

“This is a fantastic opportunity to do something different here at the museum and to celebrate a part of Tameside’s past which was so significant in its heyday.”

Anyone who has memories of Gartside’s brewery to share can get in touch with Portland Basin Museum on (0161) 343 2878 or via email on portland.basin@tameside.gov.uk.

The workshops with Magnus Quaife will take place at Portland Basin Museum from 11am to 3pm on 27 June, 12 July, 2 August and 16 August. Check the museum website for more details – www.tameside.gov.uk/museumsgalleries/education.

The project is part of Meeting Point2, a year-long project led by contemporary art agency Arts&Heritage. Leading UK and international artists have partnered with 10 museums in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections.

Funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, Meeting Point2 presents artworks in unexpected places and supports small and medium scale museums to commission artists, who will create a piece of work in response to the venue.

For more information about Meeting Point2, visit www.artsandheritage.org.uk

Arts Council England : Artists International Development Fund

The next application deadline for the Arts Council England’s Artists International Development Fund is on the 14th June 2017.

Funding is available for artists (this includes, for example; producers, curators, publishers, editors, translators and choreographers) to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Freelance and self-employed artists can apply for grants of £1,000 to £5,000 to spend time building these links to broaden their horizons and open their work to other perspectives.

The programme is open to emerging and mid-career artists working in combined arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, visual arts and crafts and design. Applicants must have received recognition for their work in England and not have extensive international experience.

Read more on the ACE website.

The a-n/AIR Paying Artists Guide

a-n/AIR have published a guide to paying artists, aimed at both artists themselves and exhibiting organisations. The guide provides sectoral advice on payments within the context of exhibitions or other visual arts presentation to the public and is the culmination of extensive consultation and testing across the sector.

The guide is available to download here.

Arts& Heritage News


10 artists have been selected to work in partnership with museums in the North of England, each creating a new piece of work in response to the museum and its collections.

The artists, who have been commissioned through the Meeting Point2 project, will work with venues ranging from a restored historic open-pan salt making site to an excavated monastic site dating back to the 12th century.

The 10 artists and museums are:

Artist                                                  Museum

Matt Stokes                                        Hexham Old Gaol, Northumberland

Owl Project                                         Prescot Museum, Knowsley

Brass Art                                             Chetham’s Library, Manchester

David Appleyard                               Norton Priory, Cheshire

Serena Partridge                               Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Lancashire

Magnus Quaife                                   Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne

Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan      Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre

Lynn Setterington                               Brontë Parsonage Museum, West Yorkshire

Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh        Preston Park Museum, Stockton on Tees

Martin Hylton                                       Lion Salt Works, Cheshire

Timandra Nichols, Director at Arts&Heritage, which initiated and is leading the project, said: “The artists each submitted proposals detailing how they would respond to the museums – the site and their collections. The venues we’re working with are varied and the artists responded with ideas which were thoughtful, exciting, and really took inspiration from some of the amazing museum buildings and collections.  

“The resulting works, when they are revealed later in the year, will not only be astounding pieces in their own right, but will also prompt audiences to think about the museums where the works are sited in a very different way.”

The Meeting Point2 project, which is funded through the Arts Council England’s Resilience Fund, aims to equip museums with the knowledge and skills to commission work from artists again in the future, as well as presenting new works in unexpected places.

The selected artists are known for work ranging from fusions of sculpture and sound art, to textile works and film.

Sheffield-based artist David Appleyard, who will be working in partnership with Norton Priory Museum, said: There is something very special about Norton Priory Museum. My research visits left me literally spellbound so I’m absolutely delighted to be involved in their MeetingPoint2 project. The project offers a rare opportunity to work with a very dedicated team in a place steeped in 900 years of history.”

Brass Art, who will be working with Chetham’s Library in Manchester, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with Chetham’s Library. The enthusiasm of the staff there is infectious; we’re looking forward to working with them closely to bring our collaborative practice and aspects of their fascinating collection together.”

Martin Hylton, who will work with Lion Salt Works in Cheshire, said: “I am excited to have been selected to create a newly commissioned piece in response to the Lion Salt Works. I am looking forward to working with the team, and local young dancers to realise this very exciting project.”

The 10 selected artists will create their commissions during 2017.

The programme builds on a successful pilot which took place in 2016 and saw artists working with museums across the North East and Yorkshire.

More details are available at www.artsandheritage.org.uk.


Meeting Point: Arts&Heritage working with museums and artists – Last Chance to Apply

From Arts&Heritage: 

We’re contacting you with a fantastic opportunity to work with artists to broaden your audience reach You may have heard that Arts&Heritage, a Northumberland based agency with specialism in working with museums and heritage organisations has been awarded funding to run the second phase of their action learning programme Meeting Point.

This is an exciting opportunity for modest sized museums in the North East, Yorkshire and the North West. The programme, which is detailed in the attached document, results in an artist’s commission within your collection or space as well as a supporting programme of workshops and talks.

Meeting Point has been running in the North East and Yorkshire for the past year and has been extremely successful. Details of it can be found on the Arts&Heritage website www.artsandheritage.org.uk and you are invited to launch events at those museums. The next event is Kirkleatham Museum, Cleveland and Redcar on August 30th and Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds on September 15th.

The choice of museums to be included in this second phase will be a competitive one and we do need to receive your early interest by Friday 24th September. We know that this is a busy time for you, but please take time to read through the attached document and email your interest to me by the September date. You will see that all travel expenses and associated costs are provided for within the MP budget, as is a commissioning budget, marketing and photography etc. What we need from you is the commitment of your time. To apply, please fill out an online form at https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=147187957395

For more information about the programme please download the programme information: MP2 – museums what to expect.