Month: April 2020

Open Call: Curator/Researcher in Residence at Art360 Foundation Engaging with the Archive of Aubrey Williams


Open Call – Curator/Researcher in Residence at Art360 Foundation in partnership with International Curators Forum 

Art360 Foundation and International Curators Forum are seeking curators and researchers interested in engaging with and developing work around the archive of British-Caribbean artist Aubrey Williams. The Guyana-born artist is credited as being one of the most important post-war British painters, noted for bringing together a spectrum of visual references and cultural perspectives in his work. Trained as an agronomist, Williams held an array of interests from pre-Columbian iconography, classical music and ornithology, and was a founding member of the Caribbean Artists Movement.

Williams’ archive is currently held at Art360 Foundation in London, and the aim of this opportunity is to encourage and facilitate new and dynamic readings of his work and practice through an active engagement with the personal documents and items held there. Supported by ICF, successful applicants will review the materials – such as exhibition materials, photographs, personal correspondence, press clippings and political documents – in the archive and develop a new strand of research and analysis.

Work on the Aubrey Williams archive was underway before Covid-19, with documentation and reporting on the contents of the archive close to completion. Although physical access to the archive won’t be possible until social isolation measures change, the appointed curator/researcher can utilise existing records to begin preliminary research remotely. The residency will continue with direct access to the archive at a future date.

Please submit your CV and an expression of interest of no more than 500 words by Monday 15 June at 17:00 to contact@art360foundation.org.uk. Informal interviews will be held during the last two weeks of June and the successful applicant notified in the first week of July. 

Fees and resources:

  • Curatorial/research fee of £2,000 for work over an 8-month timeframe, a portion of these funds can be allocated towards preliminary research whilst social isolation measures are in place  
  • Travel up to £200
  • Desk space at Art360 Foundation
  • Professional and project development support through ICF

Timeline:

  • Deadline: 15 June 2020
  • Informal interviews: 22 June – 3 July 2020
  • Residency timeframe: July 2020 – February 2021

Eligibility:

  • This opportunity is open to emerging and mid-career curators and researchers based in the UK
  • We particularly want to address the imbalances in representation within the sector; we will prioritise applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, those who identify as Deaf/Disabled and/or LGBTQI.

Images: Aubrey Williams Archive (c) Aubrey Williams Estate. Photo: Art360 Foundation.

Network Support for those Affected by Covid-19


Network Support for those Affected by Covid-19

Due to the spread of Covid-19 and in compliance with government guidelines we have postponed all public programming until further notice. However we are quickly shifting our programme to support our network in new ways at this difficult time. While we work with our staff and trustees, with the guidance of members of our network, to provide new and responsive opportunities and support for artists and freelance creative practitioners, we are also collaborating with our partners and funders to keep all members of our community informed about the opportunities available to them, including funding, commissions, digital residencies and online guidance. Please subscribe to our mailing list via our homepage and follow us on social media to receive updates from us. We are committed to learning, sharing and adapting in light of this unpredictable situation – so please stay in touch, send us initiatives that we can share with our network or questions that you may need answered about some of the opportunities below, and know that we are here to help in any way we can. 

Active Funded Opportunities and Initiatives for Artists and Freelance Practitioners

Below we have collated a list of opportunities and initiatives that are being provided by organisations and funders across the sector for artists, freelance practitioners and small organisations affected by Covid-19. There are also several other organisations providing guidance for those applying for funding including:

Please see below a list of active and funded opportunities and initiatives for freelance practitioners and small organisations *Please note this list has been generated through research by ICF to share with our network, it will be updated as new opportunities are announced and deadlines for open opportunities pass, and details are subject to change at the discretion of the host organisations/funders.
OpportunityOrganisation / FunderFundsApplication datesApplication lengthOther detailsLink
WFH residency for London-based artists Art Quest£1000Applications open 30 March - 1 July with 1 selected a monthShortFor those who have had work cancelled to prouduce new content; particular support for producing co-operative or communal approach to connect people https://bit.ly/39xLhEo
Open commissions for disabled artistsDisability Arts Online£50 - £500Open April onwardsEmail onlyOpen to disabled artistshttps://bit.ly/2xJeejy
Artists digitial talksDisability Arts Online£200Open April onwardsEmail onlyOpen to disabled artistshttps://bit.ly/2xJeejy
Artists articles on 'day in the life'Disability Arts Online£120 - £150Open April onwardsEmail onlyOpen to disabled artistshttps://bit.ly/2xJeejy
Bridging Bursary for artists and freelancers in ScotlandCreative Scotland£500 - £2500Open 3 AprilShortFor those who have lost their income based in Scotlandhttps://bit.ly/2wTNb4P
Open fund to held individuals and organisations to sustain themselves Creative Scotland£1K - £50KRunning all year roundShortFor practitioners based in Scotlandhttps://bit.ly/2X0ESio
Small projects grants for organisations to test new ways of working that will benefit audience Art FundUp to £10KOpen for submissionOnline submission formTo help organisations continue to engage with their audiences during closurehttps://bit.ly/39AUb3G
Professional network grantsArt FundUp to £5KOpen for submissionOnline submission formFor professional networks to continue engagement remotely and deliver digital contenthttps://bit.ly/2wVE9Es
Photographers FundFormat$500Not specifiedNot specified - seems flexibleOpen to all members of the photography community https://bit.ly/2w4p6b1
Artist GrantsThe Eaton Fund>£300Open4-page online formPainters, potters, sculptors and photographers only. Can apply for materials and equipmenthttps://bit.ly/2X6TFYW
Grants for small creative businnesSouth East Creatives£1K - £20KNot specifiedShort online formEast Sussex, Essex and Kent businesses only. Grant can cover up to 35% of project costs.https://bit.ly/39EwIyH
Remote Residencies Open Call for Artists in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend-on-SeaMetal Liverpool£1000 stipend3 rounds - Deadlines 15 May, 12 June and 10 JulyOnline application formSupported remote residencies for 18 artists based in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend-on-Seahttps://bit.ly/2VrnBgY
Emergency Fund for Artists and Freelance Creative PractitionersFreelands Foundation£1500 - £2500Opens 7 MayTBAOpen to visual arts practitioners based in the UK including those not eligible for other emergency fundshttps://bit.ly/2yW9fMS
Curator / researcher in residence engaging with the archive of Aubrey Williams Art360 Foundation & International Curators Forum£2000Deadline 15 JuneShort expression of interest and CV submitted via emailOpen to UK-based curators and researchershttps://bit.ly/2T0BReS
Transforming Narratives - Open Call for Digital Collaborative GrantsBritish Council & Culture CentralUp to £4000Deadline 19 JuneOnline application formFostering connections and collaborations between creative practitioners in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh https://bit.ly/361KFqj
Constellations 2020/21 - Annual development programme for artistsUP Projects & Flat Time HouseProgramme is freeDeadline 7 JuneOnline applicationOpen to UK-based artists exploring socio-political issues, community-oriented practice and/or public contextshttps://bit.ly/3bpSreR
Blue SkiesInternational Curators Forum£200 per participant Deadline 8 JuneShort proposal of no more than 300 wordsCommissioning conversations on the capacity of this moment to elicit changehttps://bit.ly/2yxqX9y