Outside In launch their Midlands Hub website, providing a platform for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation.
Andy Sargent, one of our recent Outside In Engine Micro Bursary awardees shares his experience and vision of ‘the stikman cometh’ as one of Disability Arts Online’s recent commissions of artists in isolation.
Engine, the professional development programme run by New Art West Midlands and The New Art Gallery Walsall, partnered with Outside In earlier this year to offer artists living in the West Midlands the opportunity to apply for Micro Bursaries towards bespoke professional development activities.
Outside In is a national charity that supports artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation and the bursary was directed to its artists or those artists who meet its criteria.
From a pool of strong applications, the panel, made up of staff from each of the three organisations, were particularly impressed with the clarity of these three proposals. The impact that the bursaries might make on the development of Corinne, Finn and Andy’s individual practices was evident. The Outside In Engine Micro Bursaries, launched back at the start of February, were aimed at covering the costs of, for example, research visits to exhibitions, festivals or sites of interest, attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences, travel and accommodation.
Corinne will use her bursary to attend Friday Morning Pottery and Hand Building Ceramics classes at Worcester Arts Workshop, equipping her with skills in hand building, ceramic and glazing techniques. She views the workshops as research into the use of clay, allowing her to gain skills and develop ideas so that she can build masks to use within her photographic self-portraiture. Find out more about her work on her website here.
Finn currently has an Unlimited R&D commission to research haptic art with Coventry University and is creating a life-size fish tank with interactive animated fish that can be felt using haptic sonic sound waves. The bursary will be used to research haptic technology mixed with organic materials.
Meanwhile, Andy will use his bursary towards travel to visit galleries, including paintings by Alberto Giacometti for personal research, and to help pay towards travel to meetings, functions and open evenings when they resume. The bursary will help him to meet curators and to promote his work. You can find out more about Andy’s work via his website.
While these activities are of course not possible at the moment, we look forward to speaking with Corinne, Finn and Andy in the months ahead. They will be reporting back on their research and bursary activities for these editorial pages and for the Outside In website.
Engine partnered with Outside In earlier this year to offer artists living in the West Midlands the opportunity to apply for Micro Bursaries towards bespoke professional development activities. We are delighted to announce that we have been able to offer three bursaries to artists Corinne, Finn and Andy Sargent.
Engine, a professional development programme run by New Art West Midlands and The New Art Gallery Walsall, is pleased to be partnering with Outside In to offer artists living in the West Midlands the opportunity to apply for Micro Bursaries towards professional development activities of your choice. Two artists will be awarded a bursary of £500 each.
The Outside In Engine Micro Bursaries are aimed at covering the costs of, for example, research visits to exhibitions, festivals or sites of interest, attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences, travel and accommodation. (Please note that this fund is not designed for the production or the exhibition of work.)
These Outside In Engine Micro Bursaries are specifically for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation.
You can apply for the Outside In Engine Micro Bursary if you are an Outside In artist and live in the West Midlands region. The bursaries mark the development of the organisation’s programme launching shortly at their Midlands hub at Compton Verney in Warwickshire. www.outsidein.org.uk
(A further series of £250 New Art West Midlands / Engine Micro Bursaries open to all artists within the region will be launched in March 2020.)
Artist Support Day
If you would like help with applying for this opportunity or help signing up to Outside In you can book onto an Artist Support Day. We will be running this at The New Art Gallery Walsall on Tuesday 25 February, 10.30am – 5pm.
Please contact José Forrest-Tennant, Outside In Midlands Regional Coordinator, to book on to this.
How to apply
You should complete the application form which can be downloaded here:
Outside In Engine Micro Bursary application form.
An easy read version of this information can be downloaded here:
Easy-read-Engine Micro Bursary information
In your application form, please send a link to your Outside In online gallery with the text from your artist statement, 3 images of your work as jpegs, video links or other digital formats which can include audio files. We will also need up to 250 words from you telling us what you propose to use the bursary for, why this is important for your work and a budget detailing your activity.
Please email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Micro Bursary’ in the subject line.
Application deadline: 12 noon, Wednesday 18 March 2020.
If you require this information in alternative formats or any additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact José Forrest-Tennant on 07496 997 333 or email@example.com
About Outside In
Outside In, founded in 2006 at Pallant House, Chichester, aims to provide artists with the support and confidence they need to enter the art world. The organisation’s work covers three main areas: artist development, exhibitions and training. These activities, supported by fundraising and communications, all aim to create a fairer art world by supporting artists, creating opportunities and educating organisations.
Since its inception, the organisation has engaged with more than 5,000 artists traditionally excluded from the mainstream art world, reached a quarter of a million audience members and gained more than 80 partner organisations nationally. It has held more than 50 exhibitions to date and now provides opportunities and support for more than 2,600 artists. In the next three years the charity will work to create a national platform to support the delivery of its programmes. It will do this through working in partnership with key strategic arts organisations across the UK to act as hubs of activity and support.
Outside In, New Art West Midlands and The New Art Gallery Walsall are committed to widening access to our opportunities. Audio or video recorded applications may be submitted via Vimeo or YouTube by those facing barriers in applying.
If you have any support requirements or would like to discuss this further, please do get in touch with Anneka French, New Art West Midlands Co-ordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0121 300 4309.
José Forrest-Tennant, Outside In Midlands Regional Coordinator on email@example.com or 07496 997 333
Engine is pleased to be partnering with Outside In to offer artists living in the West Midlands region the opportunity to apply for Micro Bursaries towards professional development activities of your choice. Two artists will be awarded a bursary of £500 each.
Outside In has recently launched the call out for its next national art exhibition Environments which will be held at the Piano Nobile Gallery in Kings Place, London from 28 October 2019.
Since this exhibition will have national reach, Outside In is currently looking to arrange for arts organisations to act as collections points and to provide short term artwork storage around the UK. This will help their artists to get their artwork to the exhibition in a more accessible and affordable way. They are currently looking for an arts organisation in Birmingham to offer to be a collection point.
- The work will be 2D, mostly paintings. If sculptural, it will be small and easy to store,
- Work will be needed to be stored for a week. Artists will drop off artworks in the first week of October and a courier, arranged by Outside In, will collect them at the end of the week.
If you think you can assist, or would like more information contact: Cornelia Marland, Exhibition Coordinator, Cornelia.Marland@outsidein.org.uk
Details on the exhibition open call can be found here. Exhibition deadline: Noon, Monday 19 August 2019.
Outside In has recently launched the call out for its next national art exhibition. They are currently looking for an arts organisation in Birmingham to act as a collection point and provide short term artwork storage.