Open Call: The Art House Micro-Commissions

Deadline: 03/11/2019  |  Published: 09/09/2019  |  Venue: The Art House Wakefield  |  City: Wakefield  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  The Art House

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The Art House are offering four micro-commissions for early-career artists. We are inviting proposals from artists based in West Yorkshire. The work will be showcased as part of Wakefield Artwalk in January or March 2020.

The Art House is supporting early-career artists to create work through four micro-commissions. These may be a complete project or a precursor or preliminary stage for larger or future projects. Works produced as a result of these micro-commissions can be shown as part of the Wakefield Artwalk in either January or March 2020, dependent on the selected artists’ needs.

We welcome applications from artists working in any medium, including performance, film and socially engaged practice. Selected artists will have the opportunity for group crits and one-to-one mentoring from The Art House team, dependent on their needs and practice. Artists selected will show their work as part of the January or March Wakefield Artwalk.

What We Are Offering: 

  • An artists’ fee of £250
  • An additional materials budget of £200
  • Access to group crits and mentoring from The Art House
  • 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 or March Wakefield Artwalk

How to Apply

Please include the following information in your submission: 

  • A proposal for the work you’d like to make and the thinking behind it (200 words max)
  • Your CV, detailing previous relevant projects or experience
  • A brief outline of how you would spend the budget and any access requirements or support you need
  • How you hope this opportunity will help you to develop artistically in future

We are happy to accept applications in other formats to meet differing access needs. If you have any questions or comments on the application process or how your access requirements can be met, please feel free to contact or call us on 01924 312000.


Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 3rd November 2019

Selection made and outcome shared: Week commencing 18th November.

Possible Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 29th January & Wednesday 25th March 2020

Background information

Previous Selected Micro-Commission artists:

K.P. Culver

N. Ronke

Zoë Carlon

Letty McHugh

Emma Papworth

Yoke (Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward)

Joseph Jackson

Holly Rowan Hesson

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. We are now an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation dedicated to supporting artists and showcasing their work. We have a fully accessible building with 50 artist’s studios, exhibition spaces, and on-site accommodation, and run a year-long programme of process-focussed residencies and support schemes alongside our public events.

The Wakefield Artwalk

For ten years, venues across Wakefield have been opening their doors for the Artwalk, a bi-monthly evening of visual arts, crafts, workshops, live music, and performances. The Artwalk is managed by The Art House and WE ARE, and showcases a wide range of artists and venues across the city, with a well-established and varied audience.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Early-career artists based in West Yorkshire, working in any media. We are not using a set definition of 'early-career', but would expect selected artists to be in earlier stages of establishing their career or practice.
When is the deadline?
Midnight, Sunday 3rd November 2019
Are there payments to artists?
Selected artists will receive a fee of £250, plus an additional £200 available for materials.
Is there a private view / opening?
There will be an opportunity to show work as part of the Wakefield Artwalk in either January (29th) or March (25th), depending on the needs of the artists selected.
Does the location have disabled access?
How do you decide on proposals?
Proposals will be selected by the programme team at The Art House
What are the selection criteria?
Artists must be based in Wakefield or West Yorkshire, they must be able to demonstrate an artistic practice and be able to communicate their proposal clearly.

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