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Northern Expressions Open Call Out 23/24

This opportunity has now closed.

Scarborough Museums and Galleries (SMG) in partnership with Crescent Arts are launching Northern Expressions open call out. A creative development programme for emerging artists who have not studied art at university and live in Yorkshire and the Humber.

What we offer
SMG and Crescent Arts aims to foster emerging talent through the development programme by:

  • Research visits within the North
  • Workshops
  • Open studio access (Fixed period from 27 April – 29 June 2024)
  • One-to-one support with a programme mentor
  • Receive a grant of £700
  • Group exhibition in January 2025

The programme intends to support up to 10 emerging artists who have not been to university with the opportunity to develop themselves and improve pathways towards achieving early artistic careers.

Why it’s important to us
Northern Expressions forms part of SMG and Crescent Arts’s aim to support emerging practitioners with opportunities to explore, connect, and grow their creative potential. By showing participants what has been achieved elsewhere and bringing them into a national creative network, the programme seeks to build aspirations and raise the benchmark for visual arts in the North.

We acknowledge that artists outside of larger towns and cities often experience isolation, are disconnected from opportunities, and have limited access to grow their practice. The programme will investigate ways of strengthening a community through workshops focused on specific topics that build expertise and centre around collaboration, community, and provide an active voice for new Northern talent.

Summary of key dates

*Please note that dates will be kept as close as possible but may be subject to change due to booking availability of artists.

Fri 9th Feb Successful applicants notified
Fri 16th Feb Session 1 – Welcome session 10:15 – 4pm
Fri 01st March Invite to preview ‘Sensing Creativity’
Mon 25th March Session 2 – Workshop introduction to ‘A Sense of Place’
*Fri 12th April Session 3 – Research visit (full day)
Fri 26th April Invite to preview “Coastal Ecologies”
Sat 27th April – Sat 29th June Open studio access
*Fri 17th May Session 4 – Research visit (full day)
*Fri 31st May Session 5 – Workshop collaboration
*Mon 10th June Session 6 – Workshop artist led practice
*Fri 19th July Session 7 – Research visit (full day)
*Mon 12th Aug Session 8 – Workshop artist led practice
*Mon 16th Sept Session 9 – Workshop and critique
Mon 25th Nov 2024 DEADLINE to submit artwork for marketing of exhibition and curation of space
Available from Fri 10th Jan – 17th Jan 2025 Install from 10th -16th Jan with preview Friday 17th Jan.

Exhibition open to public Sat 18th Jan 2025

*Prior meetings will be arranged to discuss tech installation