York Open Studios Call for Bursary Artists 2023

Deadline: 26/08/2022  |  Published: 24/06/2022  |  City: York  |  Region: North Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Beccy Ridsdel

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York Open Studios is York's largest arts festival which takes place on the 15/16 and 22/23 April 2023. We are inviting applications for our 2023 bursary.

York Open Studios is a selected event taking place in artists' own workshops, studios and homes all across York. To apply, you must live or have a permanent studio within a ten mile radius of York City centre, and we welcome applications from artists at all stages in their career.
 
In addition to our Open Studios,  we are committed to supporting artists who create traditionally non-saleable work such as performance, digital, conceptual or installation to create a body of work to be shown during the event. We are offering a bursary of £500 to selected artists who fit the criteria (see FAQ for more information).
 
To Submit:
 
You must submit five print-quality (300dpi) JPG images of the type of work you expect to show in April. 
 
Your images must be high quality and show your work clearly.  They will be used by our panel during selection and then if you are successful they will be used on our website, marketing materials, social media. We do not expect professional photos but they should be polished, print ready and taken with a professional outlook. We reserve the right to crop or otherwise edit your images.
 
You must also provide a proposal explaining how you will use the £500 to create a body of work, and how that work will be presented. Please explain your concepts, motivation, inspiration and materials used. You might also mention specal techniques. Please do not make your statement too short, the aim is to make sure the panel understand you and your work.

Payment:
 
Artists will be paid the bursary in two installments of £250, once prior to the event and once after the event is finished.

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists and craftspeople who live within ten miles of York City centre who create original 2D and 3D work that is not traditionally saleable. The bursary is intended to support an artist who creates digital, film, performance or installation to create a body of work to be shown primarily during our open weekends.
When is the deadline?
Midnight, 26th August 2022
How many images can I submit?
You must submit five print-quality (300dpi) JPG images of the type of work you expect to show in April.

Your images must be high quality and show your work clearly. They will be used by our panel during selection and then if you are successful they will be used on our website, marketing materials, social media. We do not expect professional photos but they should be polished, print ready and taken with a professional outlook. We reserve the right to crop your images.
How much does it cost?
There is no application fee for bursary artists.
Is there a private view / opening?
Artists can choose to have a public opening on Friday 14th April 2023 which will be published in the directory and on the website. Artists can also choose to have a private view but this will not be published.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Friday 14th April 6-9pm (optional)
Saturday 15th April 10am-5pm
Sunday 16th April 10am-5pm
Saturday 22nd April 10am-5pm
Sunday 23rd April 10am-5pm
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Each artist will have a dedicated page on our website and will be showcased across our social media channels. We employ a PR agency who provide wide press and magazine coverage and we place adverts in local and national publications. A directory with images, venue address and contact details will be produced as well as a handy map with venues marked.
Do I need to be present?
Yes, you must be present at your venue at all published times on both weekends.
Where will my venue be listed?
Each artist will have a listing in our directory, printed map and a dedicated page on our website.
How do you decide on applications/proposals?
A panel of committee members will select our bursary artists.
What happens if my application/proposal is accepted?
You will receive a congratulations email and a further form to fill in to ask additional questions for your directory entry and confirm that you agree to our T+Cs. The deadline for provision of further details is 16th October 2022.
What are the selection criteria?
The work submitted should be original, consistent and show a clear 'Artists's voice'. The panel will use their knowledge and experience to arrive at a decision and consider qualities such as concepts and originality. The panel will look for work showing artistic commitment and a professional outlook. Decisions will be based purely on the quality of the applications submitted so make sure your images are high quality and show your past work clearly. You are asked for a proposal for your work and you must make sure that the panel understands what you intend to produce, and how an audience will engage with it. Write about your concepts, materials/ inspiration, techniques, scale, and presentation.

Artists who submit poor quality images or a too brief description are unlikely to be selected.

Non-selected artists may ask for feedback on their submission, but we will only be able to provide this where the panel have stated specific reasons.
Will I need to attend any meetings?
Yes, you must attend a meeting on Saturday 8th October where we will introduce ourselves, welcome new artists and give you important information about the event. There will also be an optional meeting/social prior to the event where new artists and people who have exhibited before can get together to share useful hints and tips on how to get the most out of York Open Studios.
How is York Open Studios run?
York Open Studios is run by a committee of volunteers.
Where can I exhibit?
Bursary artists may use their own space or they may borrow or hire venues as appropriate for their proposed work.
How will the bursary be paid?
The bursary will be paid in two instalments of £250, once prior to the event and once after the event is complete.

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