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SHINE Emerging Artist Programme 2021

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Light Up the North (LUTN) is a network of 6 light festivals across the north of England. In 2021, four of the festivals are joining together to award funding to emerging artists working with light, to produce and exhibit new commissions at  their 2021 light festivals. 

The SHINE programme aims to nurture and develop new talent, giving artists the opportunity to exhibit or perform new work at four of the LUTN festivals (Light Night Leeds, Light Up Lancaster, Lightwaves at Salford Quays and Lightpool in Blackpool). Up to two artists or collectives will be awarded substantial commissions of up to £10K to realise ambitious new artworks.  Some basics - the artwork(s) will need to:

Be suitable for outdoor winter light festivals

Be artistically challenging/interesting and of high quality

Be structurally resilient enough to withstand the winter weather at multiple festivals (October - December) and transportation across our festival network

For 2021, the successful commissions will also need to:

Focus on environmental sustainability in their design and embody best practice in their delivery

Be of mid/large scale – we are encouraging ambitious proposals

Be created for audiences to enjoy/experience even with social distancing  restrictions in operation
 

As well as financial support, each artist will also receive a full induction to the programme, as well as training and mentoring from across the LUTN partnership. We will work directly with commissioned artists to support their development, with guidance in areas such as marketing, finance, production, risk assessments and fundraising. This will all be delivered safely following government pandemic guidelines.

To be eligible to apply to the SHINE programme you must be a UK-based artist who is perceived as an emerging talent (regardless of age) with the ability to achieve their ideas to a high quality. Please read the full information and FAQs before submitting your application via lightupthenorth.com/shine2021

The deadline for submissions is 5pm Tuesday May 4 2021

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What can you create?

We are specifically looking for artists with bold, fresh ideas that may also have the potential as light artworks to be enjoyed as a ‘roaming’ or ‘multi-site’ experience for audiences.  Proposals must be for work of a contemporary nature, possibly utilising digital technology, where the creative use of light is the basis for the idea.  The  artwork needs to be weather-proof, able to withstand strong winds, be structurally sound (if applicable) and be suitable for presenting outdoors at our locations and timescales.  We are especially interested in work which can cater for large socially distanced audiences, and activities or events which are accessible to families.

The LUTN festivals where you will be exhibiting:

Light Night Leeds (Leeds) – http://www.lightnightleeds.co.uk

Lightpool (Blackpool) - https://www.visitblackpool.com/things-to-do/festival

Light Up Lancaster (Lancaster) - http://lightuplancaster.co.uk

Lightwaves (Quays Culture at Salford Quays) – http://quaysculture.com

The festival programmes vary and their themes for 2021 are quite broad and you will not be expected to specifically address them. For example, Light Night Leeds has a wrap around theme of ‘nature and the environment’ while Light Up Lancaster’s ‘Flights of the Imagination’ simply invites artists to do just that and transport us all into a magical never-never land through light art.

NB Each festival will provide standard infrastructure support for your arriving artwork, however all artists fees and artwork production costs must be factored into your commission award.

How we assess your application

A panel of LUTN partners involved with curating SHINE 2021 will assess all applications.  We aim to ensure the selected commission(s) will be high-quality work and afford the best experience for artists, audience members and locations.  They will assess the applications based on 4 areas:

Artistic quality – the strength & quality of the idea and the artist’s previous work.

Public experience- who it is aimed at and how will the public engage with it?

Financial viability – can all elements of the activity be delivered effectively within budget?

Project management - can the piece be created within the time available?  Is the work durable enough for the festival dates? What materials are you using when considering the environmental impact and outdoor display?

When will you find out?

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday May 4 2021.  We will shortlist and arrange interviews with artists where applicable in the 2 weeks following, with a provisional interview dates during w/c Monday May 17 2021.

Things to consider when completing your application:

Be clear about your project aims and the artistic idea behind the work.  How can you demonstrate quality through examples of your previous work?

Be specific about who your work is aimed at.  Can the public engage with your work in an interesting way while social distancing? What do you want the audience to get out of your work, and what impact will it have?

Demonstrate how your project can be realised for the budget available. If you require match or additional finance for your project let us know which funding schemes or sponsorship you plan to apply for.  (Please bear in mind that the festivals are partly funded through Arts Council England and you therefore may not be eligible for additional funding through any of their schemes.)

Give a clear indication of how your project will be managed from start to finish including the type of location(s) you would like to use and how work will be delivered on the night.

Each festival is currently in planning phase for 2022 so we are always interested to hear of exciting, distinctive proposals from artists that are likely to exceed the available budget for SHINE 2021 and/or require a longer development period.

Timing

Our festival activities generally take place in the evenings, for the dates/periods listed below. You must produce an artwork that can exhibit for this period of time and tour to all 4 of the commissioning light festivals. You will also need to consider your install / de-rig schedule.

Leeds: 14 – 16 October for Light Night Leeds

Blackpool: 15 - 30 October for Lightpool

Lancaster: 5 & 6 Nov for Light Up Lancaster

Salford: 3 - 12 December for Lightwaves

Note: There is a small overlap in dates for the Leeds and Blackpool light festivals. As such, Blackpool has agreed to flexibility in dates for presenting the SHINE commission(s) there.

Finance

The SHINE commission will include all artist fees and materials. If needed, you can apply for match funding from other sources, but ensure you have planned and prepared to do this.  Funding will be given to artists based on the quality of their idea and will need to include all technical, installation, operational and material costs, although reasonable travel and transportation costs will be considered separately .  Accommodation can be provided by the host festivals if required. Other costs such as meals and general overheads must be factored into the commission.

Terms and conditions.

By applying to be a SHINE artist you agree:

Your project/activity will be ready for exhibition at all four 2021 festivals

Your work is deliverable within the timescale of the programme and will be delivered on budget.

To attend an initial induction, production meetings and site visits where reasonably required.

You must have relevant Public Liability Insurance for your activity, to a minimum £10 million cover.

To supply, in advance, copy and images for marketing purposes as and when required

To provide evaluation feedback on completion of the commissioning fund, in line with the framework provided

Support

We can offer successful applicants:

Production advice and practical support, including technical and producing support

Training and mentoring

On-site production support including security, event staff and volunteer stewards

Profiling through festival PR and marketing campaigns

Key Project Dates:

Tuesday May 4  - Deadline for submissions

w/c Monday May 17 - Interviews for shortlisted artist(s)

w/c Monday June 21 – SHINE induction day – potentially via Zoom

July – September - Development period for commission(s)

14 – 16 October - Light Night Leeds, Leeds

15 – 30 October – Lightpool, Blackpool

5 – 6 November - Light Up Lancaster

3 – 12 December - Lightwaves, Salford Quays

Dec 2021/Jan 2022 – Evaluation

NB: SHINE commission(s) are subject to each festival receiving Arts Council England funding
 

Deadline: 
05/04/2021

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Fathom 2021: An Open Call for Student/Early Career Artists of the Vast Mediterranean Region.

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(Istanbul, Alexandria, Athens‐Piraeus, Algiers, Beirut, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Naples, Genoa, Marseilles...)
 

Fathom is a proposal of a webpage and a social media account dedicated to the artistic creation of a union of young early career artists, coming from all the Mediterranean cities that flourish with rich sea culture.

Our Aim: 

  • Under this organization we aim to unite "Thalassophile" artists that find their happy places by the sea. 
  • The artists of target here are the lovers of the sea, the creators that live(d) and grew up with the sea. The artists that are familiar with and shaped by their corresponding part of the Mediterranean region.
     

Through a properly managed social media account and website we aim to:
 

  • Promote any emerging career artist that use the literature, photography, history and scenery of the Mediterranean in their artistic creations.
  • Create a platform for cultivating fresh ideas revolving around the diverse Mediterranean aesthetic. These ideas may include designs, photographs, presentations, animations, paintings, poetry and more...
  • Get ourselves familiar with many more young artists along the way, by growing a community that shares the same enthusiasm for the rich, hybrid culture of the Mediterranean region.   
     

The Noun Fathom is a Term of Nautical Origin: 
 

  1. "A unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 meters), chiefly used in reference to the depth of water."                                                            "sonar says that we're in eighteen fathoms." 
  2.  "To understand (a difficult problem or an enigmatic person) after much thought."                                                                                  "the locals could not fathom out the reason behind his new-found prosperity." 

Fathom* (our name) is aligned with our aim of discovering the depths of the notions tied to the sea. The notions that can be found from the myths of the ancient world to the novels and philosophy of the modern age: From 'Odysseus' to 'Le Comte de Monte-Cristo' to 'L'Étranger'. 

Eligibility:
(As a starting note we would like to underline the fact that this is an idea in its very first phase, thus we are infinitely flexible regarding these bullet points. They are here to provide a rough guideline on what to expect.)
 

  1.  You are an early career artist, art student or you aspire to take the steps in becoming one in the near future.
  2.  You are coming from a Mediterranean country in which the sea/sea culture plays an important role in shaping lives, and your life as an artist in particular. 
  3.  You are committed to your creation process, you sketch, think and take critical stances on cultural issues frequently. In other words, you are in conflict with many things in life. 
  4. You strive to learn and create more of the shared nautical culture of humanity together with other artists.
     
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03/01/2021

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Banff Centre | Emerging Visual Artist Intensive Online

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Overview
The Emerging Visual Artist Intensive is an immersive program of feedback, connection and mentorship for artists in the early stages of their careers. Participants will continue their practice from home, while being part of an online community of emerging artists each committed to developing and expanding their practice.  In addition, participants will receive a stipend to support the development of their work.

What does the program offer?
This online program will provide a discursive forum for visual artists to explore ideas in relation to their work, communities, geographic locations, and current societal conversations. Participants will form an online community of peers; share previous work with each other and continue work already in progress; partake in online studio visits; participate in conversations, presentations, and workshops; and engage with faculty and each other to develop ideas, insights, and connections that can be applied to the theoretical and practical development of their practice.  Please see the Itinerary section for an approximation of the program schedule. 

Who should apply?
This residency is for emerging artists who have completed university level training in visual arts (preferably within the last five years), hold an active exhibition record of at least two years in length, and/or show evidence of dedication in their pursuit of an artistic career.

Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply.

What Length of Residency is Available?
This program requires a dedicated commitment over a period of 3 weeks with the understanding that absence from weekly synchronous activities will be minimal and cannot be made-up. 

*Financial Aid of 100% of the tuition fee is available for this program for all accepted applicants.
* A Stipend of $750 is available to support the work of accepted applicants.

Program Dates: March 8 - 26, 2021
Program Deadlines: February 15, 2021
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/3o7YVFD

Deadline: 
02/15/2021
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Revealed Emerging Artist Exhibition Series

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The Sculpture Center invites early career artists of the greater Ohio region whose practice includes sculpture, installation, mixed and expanded media, relational aesthetics, and performance to apply for inclusion in its annual Revealed Emerging Artist Series (formerly Window to Sculpture or W2S). Through this keystone program, now in its thirtieth year, The Sculpture Center fosters and promotes the careers of exceptional sculptors during the first ten years of their profession. Four to six artists are selected annually by a diverse Exhibition Committee for one-person, full gallery exhibitions of new work in either the Main Gallery (1000 sq. ft.), Euclid Avenue Gallery (750 sq. ft.) or new for 2021, the mixed-use outdoor Davis Courtyard. The 6-7 week long exhibitions will be held January 2021-June 2021.

Prizes Details: 

Solo Exhibition

Deadline: 
01/06/2020

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Fee Detail: 
35.00
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Create! Magazine Call For Art: Summer 2019 Print Edition

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Create! Magazine is an independent contemporary arts magazine focused on highlighting the work of talented emerging and mid-career creatives from across the globe. We are pleased to announce our next call for artists for a custom designed two-page spread in our publication (both print & digital) that will feature your artist biography, website, and two images of your artwork.

 

Have your work seen by our 125,000+ readers and followers around the world, including leading galleries, art fairs, collectors, curators, writers, art consultants, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to put your work out there and connect with a new audience!

 

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

 

Nina Blumberg, Art Consultant | Samuels Creative

 

Nina Blumberg is a full-time art consultant at the New York City-based firm Samuels Creative. Outside of work, she fills her time with freelance social media contemporary art clientele and projects, most recently engaging with the art technology space. Nina received her BA in Art History from the University of Virginia and her MA from FIT’s “Art Market: Principles & Practices” program.

 

Nina is also the founder of @Artstagram__,the contemporary art world Instagram account that covers art happenings and exhibitions in NYC and beyond. She enjoys engaging with art on a constant basis in both a personal and professional capacity. She can also be counted on to (overshare) life updates with original content and dad jokes on various social media platforms.

 

ELIGIBILITY: All artists 18+ from both the US and abroad, of all genders, ethnicities, and from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. We accept works in any medium: painting, sculpture, digital art, printmaking, fiber/textile art, photography, mixed media, installation, etc. A university degree is not required to participate in our open call.

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 3+ jpeg images, a text document with a bio and artist statement, website or social media link, and your email address. Please see our Submittable form for further details.

 

SELECTED ARTISTS: If your work is selected by our guest juror, you will receive a custom designed two-page spread in both the print and digital versions of the magazine that will include your artist biography, website, and two images. Published artists will be sent a complimentary digital issue and will be listed as a participating artist in your issue on both our website and social media. We also promote artists individually via blog and social media posts that reach over 125,000 total followers worldwide. All featured artists will automatically be considered for any upcoming curatorial projects, not limited to art fairs, exhibitions, and gallery projects organized by our team.

 

WHERE TO FIND: Print copies of Create! Magazine are available in our online shop and at several global retail locations in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Wilmington (DE), and more. Digital issues can always be purchased on our website.

 

Deadline: May 31, 2019 (Midnight EST)

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05/31/2019

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Young Masters Art Prize

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Contemporary artists working in any medium and from anywhere in the world are invited to apply for the 2019 edition of the Young Masters Art Prize, and for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this international initiative.

The winner of the main Young Masters Art Prize will receive an award of £1,500, and there will be two Highly Commended Awards of £500, courtesy of the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS).  The ceramics prize is £1,000 with Highly Commended Award of £500, both sponsored by James and Maylis Grand. There will also be an award, sponsored by Dr Chis Blatchley, of £1,000 for an emerging woman artist, who will also receive career mentoring and exhibition opportunities from The Cynthia Corbett Gallery. To mark the 10th anniversary, for the first time there will be a £500 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by longstanding Young Masters partner Brownhill Insurance.

The shortlist will be announced in June, with an exhibition of their work taking place at La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade in London’s St James’s in October during Frieze Week. The winner will be announced on 1 October 2019 at a prize ceremony held during the exhibition.

Deadline: 
05/31/2019

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Fee Detail: 
The fee of £35.00 + VAT (if applicable) paid via Paypal allows you to submit up to six images. The administration fee is used for the sole purpose of running the Prize.
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