Following our own positive experiences of residencies at the end of 2011 we started experimenting with a view to developing a Curated Place residency programme for artists wanting to work in the UK. Developing relationships with both venue and creative partners in Manchester we sought to introduce international talents to the North of England to both contribute to and learn from the strong arts sector here.
The Supercritical Mass projects of Australian artists Luke Jaaniste and Julian Day was a real highlight. Developed over two residency periods we initially hosted SuperCritical Mass for a mini-residency in November 2011. Working closely with the music department at the University of Salford and with the artists communities in Islington Mill we delivered a masterclass and artists talk to students before devising and delivering two performances in the University and in the nearby Peel Park.
This short 5 day residency was inspired by innovation development models of quick hit, low cost, managed risk projects and intended as a proof of concept performance. We very deliberately developed the format to develop the profile of the project for participants and funders alike. It worked.
Creating high quality documentation of the pilot which we could distribute widely and being able to very clearly state how we would scale the project up we received significant funding from Sound and Music to develop the second phase of the residency programme – hosting the artists for two weeks as part of the FutureEverything festival 2012 to deliver one of the most ambitious Supercritical Mass projects to date – a vocal performance at Manchester Cathedral.
A huge success for artists, participants and audiences alike we were able to learn a lot about how high-quality residency programmes can be delivered in the UK and we’re now in a position to expand our own residency programme to become a more formal international artist exchange – but with a twist. Rather than simply inviting artists to work in a creative vacuum we’ll be insisting that visiting artists work in collaboration with local participants who will then make a reciprocal residency visit to our international partners to develop the projects on an international platform.
Tomorrow we’ll be formally launching the new Curated Place site which will outline the programme and how it will work. If you’re a mid-career artist, with experience of exhibitions and commissions in the UK and interested in participating sign up to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest and for ways to apply when we launch.
Curated Place are extremely happy to announce, in a time of recession, we’re hiring!
Thanks to the Graduate Gateway programme at Salford University we’re looking to take on two Salford graduate placements to help us develop the Modern Lesbian project onto a national platform.
We have vacancies for a Creative Assistant and a Web Designer to work 20 hours a week for 12 weeks from the 3rd of January. Both positions will be working closely with photographer Rachel Adams – if you don’t know her work you can still find the Modern Lesbian exhibition on the walls of 52 Princess Street.
You can find full details by following the links below:
Curated Place – Creative Assistant
Curated Place – Web Designer
However, sadly the opportunities aren’t open to all – you must be a graduate of Salford University.
Applications are open for the next 2 weeks only so if you want to work with us or know someone that does tell them to get their skates on!
UPDATE: After a few enquiries you don’t have to have graduated this year – you just have to have graduated from Salford to qualify – talk to the Salford Careers University Office for more details on their criteria – 0161 295 5088 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting into the Christmas spirit early (or late if you look at the supermarkets) NOISELAB are having a ‘Secret Santa’ anonymous postcard sale on 20th November at their Market Street workshop space.
The fundraising sale consists of 200 original one-off postcard-sized artworks, all anonymised (as much as possible), that have been created and donated by leading artists including Wayne Hemingway, the legend that is Elvis Costello, Aardman Animations, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Mancunian DJ, Producer and Teamonger Mr Scruff.
On sale for one day only from 12-6pm on Saturday the 20th November all works are priced at £45 each, regardless of whether created by a famous name or an emerging artist from the NOISEfestival.com website. A fair price too considering the right punt on a postcard could, at best, land you a big name artwork to hang on your wall or at worst leave you the proud owner of an original, unique piece of work.
All proceeds of the sales go direct to NOISE who currently receive no core funding for their work promoting new talent. Considering if they sell out that’s only £9000 it’s a small gesture that could help keep the organisation afloat through tough times.
Turbulent times for funding, even amongst the big boys, calls for a proactive approach to avoid being stunned into an unhealthy state of shock and inaction. So it’s great to see Band on the Wall’s Najia Bagi and Eleanor Wotherspoon of Arts & Business coming together to provide a new space for arts professionals to get together and discuss the future of the Arts in Manchester.
They promise “No speeches, no agenda. Just an opportunity to get some talent together in the same room and create a network of young arts professionals”.
If you’re already a mover and shaker you should be there to support. If you’re looking for a way in then here’s the chance to join early doors and make new connections. Register your attendance on their eventbrite site here.
Manchester Young Creatives inaugural meeting
Friday 17th December
5pm – 7.30pm
The Picturehouse Cafe Bar
Band on the Wall (M4 5JZ)
ACE insists that working with children and young people will remain an “absolute priority”
Cue a million funding bids being hurriedly rewritten to include “the yoof”.
With protests, petitions and various polemics taking place around arts funding at the minute there’s no better time for the upcoming public discussion instigated by Tate Liverpool in partnership with Sky Arts – “City Limits“.
Chaired by broadcaster and curator Tim Marlow a panel will discuss the motion “Are large-scale public events nothing more than a waste of resources and a drain on the public purse?”
The panel will include Helen King, Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police; Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, Lewis Biggs, Artistic Director Liverpool Biennial, and Helen Marriage, Co-Director of Artichoke who produce large and highly visible public events such as La Machine and Gormley’s One an Other.
Perhaps fittingly the discussion will take place in the extraordinary surroundings of the Williamson Tunnels, a seemingly insane project borne out of eccentric patronage that took place in earlier times of recession and economic hardship.
The talk takes place on Thursday 7 October from 18.45–20.00
with free short tours of the Tunnels available between 18.00 and 18.35
Tickets are £7 or £4 concessions with booking required
The Old Stable Yard
Want to hear a grown up “important message about the arts”? Then forget David Shrigley’s daft animations
calling for the government to protect funding and instead watch Ben Cameron
making the case for protecting and developing the arts through harsh economic and political times.
Not just for those involved in the performing arts, this is must watch material for anyone that holds an opinion about cultural funding.