We are redirecting the focus of our next round of Engine Micro Bursaries (a go-and-see resource in previous years) towards evidence gathering around the impact on artists’ livelihoods caused by the Coronavirus outbreak and the unprecedented measures taken to slow the spread of the disease.

We are now inviting artists and arts professionals living in the West Midlands to share experiences of the current situation – case studies and points of view around practice in these exceptional times.

We have 10 Micro Bursary opportunities to award and are looking to cover a variety of impacts on practice. These focus points include the impact on studio-based artists, on freelance curatorial activities, on practitioners based in rural contexts, on the student perspective, on those working internationally, and on artists and curators who are commonly disadvantaged due to race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability.

Applications will be selected by New Art West Midlands in collaboration with a range of partner organisations located across the region to seek different perspectives and to ensure fair access. These include AirSpace Gallery, Asylum Art Gallery, DASH, Ikon Gallery, International Curators Forum (ICF), Meadow Arts and University of Worcester.

Please email us with a proposal. Your response might be that you have started to learn clay modelling or coding, that you are making a video diary or a new painting every day. Perhaps you might have been inspired to develop an online network to allow remote collaboration or that you are using this time to make plans for a big change in the future direction of your practice. Perhaps you have been collecting thoughts and opinions on some of the negative impacts of the situation in written form. We want to hear about your stories and to share them.

Some of the most interesting, engaging and moving stories around practice will receive support in the form of support from one of the team and a fee of £250 to help shape your story in a way that we can share online through writing, audio, video or image-based content.

Please email your short proposal to info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk by 4pm on Wednesday 15 April, stating ‘Micro Bursary’ in the subject line.

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