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PANIC- Artists' Network in the Crisis

Open call for Artists to join PANIC steering group

As part of the Holberg Prize, Griselda Pollock (CentreCATH and A Feminist Space in Leeds) has partnered with The Tetley to establish a network for artists in the Leeds city region in order to address the new conditions which face artists as an effect of the current crisis. We feel that the artistic community is a vital element of any city and region and yet the often-fragile economic basis for emerging and recently graduated artists in the gig economy and other part-time jobs have become radically unstable in conditions of lock-down and its long-term economic aftermath.

We are inviting expressions of interest from emerging artists to join the Panic steering group. Six artists will be selected to join the group. Together with two invited advisors, Griselda Pollock and Bryony Bond, Director of The Tetley, the group will help steer the activity of the network, direct funds and help select projects to realise. 

The steering group will meet monthly for 13 months, each artist will be paid £150 for each meeting. 

Aims and Objectives

  •  To establish a network of emerging artists living in the Leeds city region 
  • To offer contact and networking with established artists, curators, dealers, writers, and others who can give mentoring support and advice to help emerging artists build their own initiatives and professional careers. 
  • To make available financial and wider support for projects and seek to raise funds for further space and related support for this artistic community.
  • To address the specific nature of the crisis in supporting artists to make new work that explore the conditions, experiences, pressures and possibilities of enforced digital sociability and related phenomenological psychological, social, cultural a transformation of our lives during the crisis.
  • To critically engage and address the intricated entanglements of the axes of power: race, class, gender, sexuality and the complex experiences of situated, self-reflexive diversity among the creative communities of Leeds.

Expression of Interest

If you are interested in joining the Panic committee please write an expression of interest to include the following:

  • A short statement about yourself and your career (150 words)
  • Why you would be interested in joining the Panic steering group and how you think PANIC could benefit artists in Leeds (250 words)

We accept video or audio files for submissions in an alternative format.

Expressions of interest should be submitted via email, with 'PANIC: Expression of Interest' as subject, to programme@thetetley.org

The deadline for expressions of interest is 10am Friday 20 November 2020

All artists will be informed of the final selection by  Friday 27 November 2020.

Equal Opportunities

We also ask that you complete an equal opportunities monitoring form. This information will be recorded anonymously and held separately from your expression of interest. The survey plays no part in the selection process, but helps us to monitor and ensure that we reach a diverse pool of applicants. Please complete this equal opportunities form online by the deadline date.

To read the transcript of our introductory video click here

Image: Michaela Cullen, Gathering Rage on the Bridge of Tears, 2019, Image: Jules Lister.

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