Aarhus Billedkunstcenter (Denmark) and New Art West Midlands present the second edition of Traverse – Connecting International Art Communities.

Traverse is a research programme that promotes critical dialogue about artists’ working conditions through long-distance communication between visual artists and arts organisations from all over the world.

Christina Schultz, Young Boy Dive, 2017


Application deadline: 5pm, 22 September 2017
Project dates: 2 October – 1 December 2017
Time commitment: 25 hours
Artist fee: £675.00


With this edition of Traverse, Aarhus Billedkunstcenter and New Art West Midlands’ Engine* explore the impact of peripheral geographies on artists’ working lives.

Like the West Midlands, the city of Aarhus in Denmark’s Central Jutland region, is geographically removed from the country’s cultural capital; Copenhagen boasts a higher concentrations of artists, arts institutions, funding pools and other vital resources. But can working outside of the capital as cultural hotspot offer up different opportunities for local artists?

New Art West Midlands is now seeking one artist based in the West Midlands to explore this topic in collaboration with an artist based in Aarhus. Possible research questions include:

  • What does it mean to be an artist working outside of your country’s capital region?
  • How do the specific geographical, economic, political, and cultural characteristics of your city, town or village impact the working conditions for local artists?
  • What impact does regional identity have on your working life?
  • Do artists from peripheral geographies develop a kind of cultural “accent”?
  • Can you imagine any programmes, initiatives or services that would improve the ways in which peripheral geographies shape your working life?

Participating artists will be asked to engage in talk-based critical dialogue over a 5-week period (20 hours, Skype or phone), and to collaborate with administrative staff to document the content and outcomes of this dialogue online (5 hours).

Please note that Traverse is a research programme with a focus on learning and communication, rather than artistic production. Successful applications will propose research questions and topics for critical discourse.

To apply, please email the following application materials as a single PDF by 5pm 22 September 2017 to info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk

  • Statement of intent (max. 500 words)
  • CV (1 page)
  • Images of 3 recent works


For more information on Traverse and Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, please visit aabkc.dk/page/traverse

Please direct questions to Anneka French: info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk


*Engine is the artist and curator professional development programme led by New Art West Midlands and The New Art Gallery Walsall.




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