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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

bOlder Greater Manchester Visual Artist Talent Programme for Artists 50+

Castlefield Gallery has an outstanding development opportunity for artists aged over 50 who are based in Greater Manchester and who are economically inactive.

Castlefield Gallery is calling for applications to bOlder 2020/21, a talent development programme for contemporary visual artists aged 50+, living in Greater Manchester who are currently unemployed or economically inactive.

If you are able to or know anyone who can say yes to the following I strongly recommend having a go.

• Are you a contemporary visual artist over 50 years of age living in Greater Manchester?

• Are you currently unemployed or economically inactive* and not a full-time student?

• Do you have a track record of recent activity as a visual artist?

• Do you want an injection of critical and professional support to move your practice on to the next level?

The aim is to select one artist from each Greater Manchester borough/city to take part in the scheme, a programme of individual and collective development. They are looking for applications from those who would benefit from an intense period of creative and professional development support and can commit to the duration of the programme (on a part-time basis). Each artist will receive support towards their costs of up to £250, 1-to-1 sessions with Castlefield Gallery Director Helen Wewiora and Castlefield Gallery Curator Matthew Pendergast, coaching sessions with a qualified artist coach and professional development workshops.

The aims of the bOlder 2020/21 programme are to: promote creativity in later life; support artists aged 50+years to progress towards being economically active creative professionals; support the creation of high quality contemporary art in Greater Manchester; support vibrant and diverse cultural activity in Greater Manchester by fostering greater cultural participation. Successful applicants will be selected in relation to how strongly they can demonstrate how participating in the programme will be valuable to their creative and professional development, whilst taking into account the aims of the programme.

By Greater Manchester they mean Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. For visual arts they identify art forms including, but not limited to: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, artist’s film, moving image, sound, live art, public art, socially engaged practices, design, craft.

bOlder 2020/21 is funded by the European Social Fund Community Grants Scheme and follows the successful bOlder 2019/20 programme, commissioned by GMCA as part of Great Place GM.

Deadline for Applications: 12 noon, Monday 28 September 2020


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