Micro-commissions for early career artists.

Deadline: 08/12/2017  |  Published: 16/11/2017  |  City: Wakefield  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  The Art House

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The Art House and WE ARE are collaborating to offer four micro-commissions for early career artists. With funding from Wakefield Arts Partnership and the support of The Hepworth, we are inviting proposals from individual artists or artist collaborations based in Wakefield and West Yorkshire. The work will be showcased at the Wakefield Artwalk on 31 January 2018.

We would like the proposals to act as a Pilot project for a future Sculpture Fringe, which will run alongside and as a counterpoint to the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, a biennial prize which launched in 2016, so we are particularly interested in sculpture and work which deals with sculpture, though we are open to proposals for work in any medium and form.

We would like to see proposals which reveal the hidden stories of Wakefield, and which are located in or respond to the city. We are interested in exploring the state and status of public sculpture, in the overlooked and the un-commemorated, and in artists’ potential to reveal and unearth hidden meaning or to create new meanings in a site, whether it be a public space or building that you think is significant, or an Artwalk venue.

What We Are Offering:

·         A total budget of £250

·         Studio and work space at The Art House and potentially at Crux

·         Access to group crits and mentoring from Art House, WE ARE, curatorial staff from The Hepworth

·         The potential to work alongside The Art House Solo Artist in Residence, Rich White (http://www.counterwork.co.uk)

·         Support with your artist’s statement, applying for funding and other practical aspects of developing as an artist

·         A public showing of your work as part of the January Artwalk

How to Apply:

Submit your application by including the following information in the submission form:

A proposal for the work you’d like to make and the thinking behind it

Your CV
Budget outline
Support required
Equipment required
Rough timetable/plan for delivery of work

How you hope this opportunity will help you to develop in the future


Deadline: 8th December

Selection made and outcome shared: 15th December 

Residency: 17th – 31st January 


Background information

Wakefield Arts Partnership

The Wakefield Arts Partnership (WAP) is a collective of Wakefield based organisations and individuals working in the arts, who are committed to working together. All members have a shared interest in Wakefield District as a cultural destination and place, and in developing audiences and participants for its arts offer. This project is one of a number of commissions that have been funded by WAP, as part of Beam’s Arts Council England funding Arts In Place III project.


WE ARE a Wakefield based social enterprise providing opportunities and a platform for emerging creatives through collaborative projects. WE ARE focused on:

  • encouraging and growing Wakefield’s creative scene
  • curating engaging events and exhibitions
  • promoting the creativity of those around us
  • working with emerging creatives
  • providing them with a platform and space to grow
  • creating opportunities in Wakefield

The Art House 

The Art House provides time, space and support for artists and associates to develop their critical practice and professional careers. Everyone is welcome to experience contemporary visual art and learn about the practice of being an artist through a year-round programme of exhibitions and events. The Art House is a visual arts development agency and registered charity established in 1994 in response to the lack of facilities for disabled visual artists.


Examples of previous relevant works/projects (Images in gallery):

WE ARE’s projects:

Wood Street Studios: July 2016

Details of project mentioned in proposal above.

Festiv_alt: Christmas Market: December 2016

In December 2016 WE ARE facilitated a Christmas Market with somewhereto_ in 5 empty shops on Wood Street in Wakefield. The market, funded by somewhereto_ and the Big Lottery offered young people aged 16-25 free stall space on the day. Stall holders included emerging artists and crafts people, musicians and start-up businesses. The project was a fantastic opportunity for the young people to showcase themselves and sell their work, with over £2000 being spent at the market, and attracted over 600 people in 5 hours to Wood Street.

The Flash Residency Project: 14 October 2015 (The Ridings, Wakefield)

Run by WE ARE and Paula Varjack, Commissioned by Beam

The Flash Residency Project was a series of 1 hour artist residencies. 4 Local artists of diverse disciplines inhabited a two meter square transparent gallery space designed by WE ARE, and had only one hour to create a new piece of work, whilst being watched by the public. WE ARE managed an open call for the project and marketed the event as part of Beam’s playful cities commission. The project being in a shopping centre was a great success, attracting people to watch and engage with the artists in the space throughout the day.

The Art House Micro Residencies, Autumn 2016, in collaboration with WE ARE

Early career, Wakefield based artists Rosemary BoothLisa-Marie DickinsonAmy Hall and Jessica Kendall were selected to take part in micro residencies at TAH during Autumn 2016 and were given the opportunity to exhibit work as part of Artwalk Wakefield.

Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists or artist collaborations based in Wakefield and West Yorkshire
When is the deadline?
Friday 1 December 2017
Are there payments to artists?
We are able to offer a total budget of £250
Is there a private view / opening?
There will be a public showing of the work as part of the January Artwalk on Wednesday 31 January 2018.

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