New Artist Mentoring Programme

Deadline: 22/03/2020  |  Published: 13/02/2020  |  City: Isle of Portland  |  Region: Dorset  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  b-side

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From March 2020 - March 2021 b-side will train, mentor and support 5 young visual artists from the Borough of Weymouth & Portland (and surrounding areas) to develop, try and test new creative ideas that are specific and/or responsive to place.

ABOUT THE NEW ARTIST MENTORING PROGRAMME

From March 2020 - March 2021 b-side will train, mentor and support 5 young visual artists from the Borough of Weymouth & Portland (and surrounding areas) to: 

  • Develop, try and test new creative ideas that are specific and/or responsive to place
  • Go and see new work made by regional artists
  • Grow their own artistic networks
  • Expand their knowledge / confidence in becoming independent artists

The New Artist Mentoring Programme will do this through training and development sessions led by the b-side team, mentorship from professional artists, and financial support. 

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS FROM THE B-SIDE TEAM

b-side will lead 1 - 2 training / development sessions a month that will cover things like:

  • How to research and develop creative ideas / artworks that are specific and/or responsive to place (looking at different starting points to begin researching your ideas and themes, such as interviews, walkings, making connections)
  • The differences between site specific and site responsive artworks in differing environments 
  • How to document the process and development of your work as well as the final outcome
  • How to be a self-employed artist, how to manage budgets, cashflow
  • How to produce your work: installation, materials, H&S, risk, etc…
  • How to respond to an artist brief, writing a proposal and getting your work booked

MENTORING FROM PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

As part of this programme each New Artist will be paired with a professional artist working in a similar area to you. Many of the Mentors we have in mind are artists we have worked with before and trust.

The Mentor will: 

  • Offer advice based on their own experience of being an artist
  • Offer support and encouragement 
  • Help New Artists expand their knowledge of the cultural sector
  • Help New Artists expand and develop their networks
  • Advise on relevant artworks, artists, organisations to go and see


ABOUT THE B-SIDE NEW ARTIST

As a b-side New Artist you will receive:

  • 13 months ongoing support from b-side (Molly Scarborough will be your main contact)
  • A minimum of 12 training / development sessions from the b-side team
  • Up to 14 hours of mentoring from a relevant professional artist
  • A budget of £500 to try, test and develop work
  • A travel budget of up to £260 to attend meetings, training sessions
  • A budget of £100 (minimum) to go and see new work 

Eligibility:

To be a New Artist you have to be aged 16 – 25 (or thereabouts), live in the Borough of Weymouth & Portland (or nearby!) and consider yourself a visual artist or aspiring visual artist. 

What is expected of the bursary artist?

  • To attend all training and development sessions led by the b-side team (these are currently scheduled as the second Saturday of each month – apart from the first month, March, which is scheduled for 28th March)
  • To maintain regular contact with your mentor


TIMELINE

Application deadline: Sunday 22nd March, 11:59pm. 

Video call interviews: Week commencing 23rd March.

New Artists selected by: Monday 30th March.

1st New Artists Meeting: Saturday 4th April, 12pm – 5pm.

Planned engagement: 

The New Artists will meet 1 – 2 times a month up until March 2021. 

Training / development sessions with b-side team members are currently scheduled for: 

  • Saturday 4th April
  • Saturday 18th April 
  • Saturday 9th May 
  • Saturday 13th June
  • Saturday 11th July
  • Saturday 8th August
  • Saturday 10th October 
  • Saturday 14th November
  • Saturday 12th December
  • Saturday 9th January 
  • Saturday 13th February 
  • Saturday 13th March
     

Other dates for the diary: 

  • 15th - 17th May = Od Arts Festival 
  • 5th - 13th September = b-side festival
  • 11th - 27th September = Inside Out Dorset
  • 25th – 27th September = Bournemouth Arts by the Sea


It’s likely we will visit the above festivals. 

Training / development / meeting dates and times are not fixed or finalised and we could be open to changing them if needed.

FIND OUT MORE

Find out more about the b-side team here: 

https://b-side.org.uk/team

Visit the b-side archive page to see work we’ve previously commissioned, produced and programmed: 

https://b-side.org.uk/projects

More info on Portland:  

http://www.portlandhistory.co.uk/map-and-a-z-index.html

http://www.geoffkirby.co.uk/Portland/IndexMap

Supported by Alice Ellen Cooper-Dean Charitable Foundation and public funding from Arts Council England.

 

*We are committed to finding creative ways to enable this programme to continue should COVID-19 have any direct implications on the above programme of activity. Please note: dates of engagement maybe postponed or adjusted, please register your interest with us and we can work it out together.*

Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
To be a New Artist you have to be aged 16 – 25 (or there abouts), live in the Borough of Weymouth & Portland (or nearby!) and consider yourself a visual artist or aspiring visual artist.
When is the deadline?
Friday 13th March, 11:59pm.
Are there payments to artists?
Not only will the New Artists receive training and development sessions from the b-side team, and 14 hours of mentor time from a professional artist - they will also receive:

• A budget of £500 to try, test and develop work
• A travel budget of up to £260 to attend meetings, training sessions
• A budget of £100 (minimum) to go and see new work
Where will the meetings take place?
The meetings / training sessions will take place on the Isle of Portland. Some sessions will take place in our Project / Office space Outpost and some will happen elsewhere. We imagine quite a few sessions will be out and about on the island.

Whilst there will be some face to face meetings with your mentors, we imagine the majority of the mentoring sessions will take place via online platforms / phonecalls etc.
What happens if I'm selected?
We will select a number of applicants for interview. If you are selected for interview, we will contact you via your email address / phone number given in your application and arrange a date for interview. Interviews are due to take place on the week commencing 16th March - so please do make sure you're free for a video / call interview that week.
How can I find out more?
If you have any further questions / queries please do get in touch with Molly via: molly@b-side.org.uk.
Or try calling us (we're usually in on Tuesdays) on: 01305 568044.

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