Turning Point West Midlands was set up in 2010. It is a network that aims to strengthen the visual arts in the region through working with artists, arts organisations and national agencies. Writing West Midlands is the region’s literature development agency, supporting creative writers and the development of creative writing. This commission is a first collaboration between the two organisations, designed to showcase new ways for artists and writers to work together.
Turning Point West Midlands and Writing West Midlands are delighted to announce this unique commission for a visual artist and creative writer working together. The commission will fund a visual artist and a creative writing to undertake a road trip in the West Midlands and to produce art work (visual art / creative writing) in response to this experience.
The West Midlands region is home to 11 % of the population of England and encompasses a wide variety of communities and landscapes. The exact route taken is up to the visual artist and creative writer although we would like the journey to cover a range of parts of the region. The route could be pre-planned, entirely random, or a mixture of the two. We want the visual artist and creative writer to visit places and meet people along the way, effecting dialogues in various ways, perhaps through impromptu drop-ins or by joining gatherings already planned in advance…
We are asking that a record of the journey is made, treating it as a road trip and conveying some of the chance encounters, the thoughts, the conversations, and the moving through the landscapes. We would like some permanent record of the journey; moving image, audio, broadcast, writing or photography, as well as public interaction through a blog, facebook and/or twitter. Other visual art and creative writing work might be produced, although these would need to be completed within the overall time period for the commission. There may be opportunities for work produced to be exhibited or shared following the project.
The journey can be made by whatever means the artist and the writer wish to use: by car, by public transport, by canal, by bicycle or by foot or by a combination of means. Turning Point West Midlands and Writing West Midlands, in addition to funding will help promote the project and the artist and writer involved and will offer some support in managing the commission.
Budget, Timescale and Copyright
A total budget of £4,000 is being offered for the project to be split between the visual artist and the creative writer (by agreement) and to include all materials, travel and subsistence. The commission should be undertaken in March or April 2012 and must be completed by 30th April 2012. We anticipate that the journey will take up to four days (consecutively or in separate blocks) and that a similar amount of time will be given to producing artworks and writing in response. The artist and writer will own and have copyright to the work they produce, and will allow Turning Point West Midlands and Writing West Midlands to use images and text to promote the project. We will credit the artist and writer at all times.
How to Apply
Applicants without a collaborator
As the period for application for this commission is very short we do not have time to create a mechanism for putting visual artists and creative writers in contact with each other. However we will be using the Twitter hashtag #roadtripwm so feel free to tweet with requests to find a visual artist or creative writing using this hashtag.
Please submit a proposal outlining your ambitions for this commission. This should be no longer than two sides of A4 and should include the following:
• The anticipated route of your journey and proposed means of travel
• Proposals for creating dialogue as part of the journey
• The form(s) of visual art and creative writing that you propose to use while travelling and after the journey
• The anticipated visual art and creative writing to be made as a result of the journey
Please also submit a CV giving details of visual art and creative writing work. A small number of images and no more than two sides of A4 of creative writing may also be submitted or/and links to work on digital platforms. All applications will be treated in confidence.
Please submit to: Wendy Law, Turning Point WM, email@example.com.
The deadline for submission is 5pm Monday 20th February 2012.
We will endeavour to make a decision by Monday 27th February 2012.
You are invited to an artists’ event at The New Art Gallery Walsall
Wednesday 20 October 2010
3 – 5pm
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Walsall WS2 8LG
Are you a visual artist seeking info on insurance, funding and other professional matters?
Do you want to develop your networks and collaborations?
Locate like-minded artists and get timely advice from other artists and experts at this event, that is open to practising visual and applied artists in the West Midlands.
Is this event for you?
AIRTIME events provide information and tips from artists, arts organisations and other experts on professional matters. You’ll find out about areas such as insurance, promotion and supporting your practice, alongside opportunities to meet and network with like-minded artists.
The events are busy and fast-paced. You’ll have to decide quickly what sessions to select from all those on offer. You’ll need to be proactive to get the kinds of information you need.
Some places are reserved especially for final-year art and design graduates.
Contributors include Hencilla Canworth Insurance Brokers, artists and experts including representatives from AIR, a-n, Companis, Coventry Artspace, Craftspace, DACS (Design and Artists Copyright Society), NAN, New Art Gallery Walsall, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Trove, Walsall City Council Creative Development Team and other arts organisations from the region.
Event organised by a-n The Artists Information Company on behalf of AIR: Artists’ Interaction and Representation, in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall and DACS.
Pre-booking is essential
RSVP your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org with AIRTIME Walsall in subject box. Limited places available, that will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We’ll email back to confirm your place and give you venue details and directions.
If you know of other artists who’d like to come along, just email their details and we’ll send them an invite to book.
When booking for AIRTIME, please state any special arrangements you may require to enable you to participate. For example, we can provide a signer, material in large print and cover special transport costs.
There are currently over 14,500 artists signed up for AIR.
For more information about AIR visit www.art-artists.org
The AA2A project offers artists & designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities eg. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, & lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and Colleges through their interaction with practising artists.
FOR FULL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND DETAILS OF HOW TO APPLY http://www.aa2a.org/apply
Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2010 and April 2011 and a materials/travel grant of Ł220 is usually available
Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2010
Applicants must have at least one years professional practice and should be able to work with minimal technical support
Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2007 to 2008 or before can now reapply.
AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates
APPLICATION PACKS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE COLLEGES TAKING PART
University of Cumbria 01228 888745 email@example.com Deadline: 10th September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, textiles
Northumbria University (Newcastle) 0191 243 7059 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 10th September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, digital media, photography, video, drawing, painting
University of Sunderland 0191 515 3606 email@example.com Deadline: 30th September 2010
Teesside University (Middlesbrough) 01642 384 045 K.Geldart@tees.ac.uk Deadline: 17th September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, plastic, digital media, painting
Hull School of Art & Design 01482 480 970 LHoughton@hull-college.ac.uk Deadline: 10th September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, costume, film, video, sound, digital media, photography, illustration, graphic design, painting
University of Central Lancashire (Preston) 01772 893 959 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 21st September 2010
Bradford School of Arts & Media 01274 438 965 email@example.com Deadline: 10th September 2010
printmaking, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, photography, digital media, graphic design, painting
University of Huddersfield 01484 471 145 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 13th September 2010
printmaking, 3D scanning, rapid prototyping, lazer cutting, textiles, video, photography, digital media, installation, project space, drawing, painting
Manchester Metropolitan University 0161 247 1122 email@example.com Deadline: 21st September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, graphic design, photography
University of Salford 0161 295 5223 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 21st September 2010
constructed fibre, phonic art/sound, installation, drawing, painting
Liverpool Community College 0151 252 4319 email@example.com Deadline: 27th September 2010
printmaking (screen), ceramics, fashion, printed textiles, digital imaging, multi media, photography, painting, drawing, liferooms
University Centre Doncaster 0130 255 3856 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 17th September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, fashion, film, video, digital media, photography, graphic design, painting
University of Lincoln 01522 895 239 email@example.com Deadline: 6th September 2010
printmaking, fashion, time-based media, digital media, video, animation, photography, installation, painting, drawing
Nottingham Trent University 0115 848 8652 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 20th September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, resin, ceramics, interior textiles, puppetry, digital media, audio/sonics, video, photography, installation, painting, drawing
University of Derby 01332 593 113 email@example.com Deadline: 20th September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, casting, carving, glass, ceramics, textiles, digital media, photography
Loughborough University 01509 228 903 R.Dewing@lboro.ac.uk Deadline: 20th September 2010
printmaking, wood, fine metal, foundry, stonecarving, ceramics, textiles, digital media, animation, video, photography, installation, illustration, painting, drawing
University of Wolverhampton 01902 323 399 S.Hind@wlv.ac.uk Deadline: 6th September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, wood / stonecarving, hot glass, ceramics, interior textiles, digital media, video, photography, illustration, painting
Birmingham City University 0121 331 5950 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 17th September 2010
printmaking, plaster resin casting, video, photography, digital media
Coventry University 02476 88 7794 or 0247 688 8248 email@example.com Deadline: 17th September 2010
printmaking, metal, foundry casting, ceramics, textiles, lazer cutting, digital media, installation, painting, drawing
Hereford College of Arts 01432 845 366 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 28th September 2010
printmaking, wood, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, artists books, multi media, photography, animation, painting
Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) 0845 196 2317 Cassie.Lynch@anglia.ac.uk Deadline: 13th September 2010
printmaking, digital media, photography, illustration, painting
University Campus Suffolk (Ipswich) 01473 343 486 email@example.com Deadline: 19th September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, plaster, lens based and digital media, drawing
NB: U.C.S. is a pilot scheme and full artists grants may not be available
University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield) 01707 285 327 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 13th September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, costume, digital media, film, video, sound, photography, graphics, illustration, painting
London Metropolitan University 0207 320 2800 email@example.com Deadline: 27th September 2010
printmaking, mixed media, silversmithing, jewellery, textiles (furnishings), furniture, time-based media, photography
Chelsea College of Art and Design (London) 0207 514 7914 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 21st September 2010
digital printed textiles, digital woven textiles, ceramics (3D visualisation in clay – raw to fired), digital media (video and editing)
Camberwell College of Arts (South London) 0207 514 7914 email@example.com Deadline: 21st September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, ceramics, photography, digital media, illustration
(NB: admin shared with Chelsea)
Kingston University (South London) 0208 417 4238 S.Mulhall@kingston.ac.uk Deadline: 21st September 2010
print, wood, metal, jewellery, stone, glass, ceramics, mouldmaking, textiles, extensive filmmaking & digital media, photography, painting
University for the Creative Arts (Canterbury & Maidstone) 01622 620 113 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 3rd September 2010
printmaking, wood, metal, casting, digital media, film, video, sound, photography, painting, drawing
University of Portsmouth 02392 843 801 Claire.Bates@port.ac.uk Deadline: 15th September 2010
printmaking, fine metals, wood, glass, ceramics, fashion, textiles, digital media, photography
Plymouth College of Art and Design 01752 203 434 email@example.com Deadline: 20th September 2010
printmaking, metals (incl.fine), glass, ceramics, fashion/textiles, moving image, animation, digital media, games design, photography, graphics, painting
University College Falmouth 0132 637 0483 firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: 17th September 2010
wood, metal, glass (hot and cold), ceramics, plastics, textile print, weave and stitch, digital production
If you cannot contact a college repeatedly, please let us know by email at AA2A@wendymason.biz