The Horsfall Micro Commissions 2017-18
Deadline Friday 5th May 2017
Applications are invited from artists and creative practitioners working in any art form for the 2017/18 Micro Commissions Programme with The Horsfall at 42nd Street.
The Micro Commission programme is a research and development opportunity for creative practitioners working across any art form. Designed to foster experimentation and innovation in creative practice within the realms of young people’s mental health and wellbeing, Micro Commissions enable practitioners to engage with an established mental health charity with its own creative programme and dedicated creative venue; The Horsfall.
We invite applications from creative practitioners from any discipline who wish to explore one of the following:
– The intersections of their practice with young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
– How the history of The Ancoats Art Museum or 87 Great Ancoats Street (the site of The Horsfall) can inspire and inform our arts and mental health practice at The Horsfall (resources are currently being curated into an online collection and can be supplied upon request).
– Ruskin/Horsfall’s vision for Useful and Beautiful art and how this can be reflected in arts and wellbeing work with young people at The Horsfall.
– The natural world in the urban environment and its relationship to young people and mental wellbeing.
You can download the full application guidelines PDF here: The Horsfall Micro Commissions Application Guidelines 2017
About 42nd Street
42nd Street is an innovative Greater Manchester mental health charity committed to supporting young people aged 11-25 years with their emotional well-being and mental health, promoting choice and creativity. With an excellent 35 year reputation, our unique holistic service model combines therapeutic psychological interventions with advocacy and social care. We reach 2000 young people each year via individual therapeutic support, projects and activities, leadership, peer research and a creative programme.
About The Horsfall
The Horsfall is a new venue and creative programme for Manchester, dedicated to improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing and the opening programme of projects, workshops and events will see artists, makers and heritage experts working with young people to reinterpret stories from the past, interrogate their own stories and to imagine new futures.
About the Micro Commissions
The Micro Commissions will be reserved for practitioners who are 35 years of age or under on 1st May 2017.
As this commission programme is conceived as a period of research, testing and experimentation, the only set public outcome is a presentation or sharing about your commission for an audience to be determined by The Horsfall team (including young people and the Creative Producer) and the commission holder.
As well as having access to one floor of The Horsfall for the equivalent of one week, commission holders will have access to 42nd St staff and their expertise in the field of young people and mental health.
It is not necessary for the applicant to consider or plan any direct delivery with young people during the commission period, although we do welcome applications that consider the involvement of young people in some way.
The Horsfall is based in central Manchester and easily accessible by public transport. The building consists of three floors and either the ground or first floors are potentially available for the commission. The ground floor is fully accessible.
There are two Micro Residencies in 2017 each lasting approximately one week. This can be a block of time or individual days taken over an extended period. Commission holders will receive:
– £500 expenses
– Workspace at The Horsfall
– Support from the Horsfall programme team (creative producer, engagement officer and communications officer)
– Access to support and information from mental health practitioners as necessary and where possible.
Chosen practitioners must have a current DBS at the time of taking up the micro commission. 42nd Street is able to assist in this process if necessary.
How to apply:
Please send the following:
– A one-page statement outlining your practice, your interest in the Commission, and how it will benefit one or more of the following:
– Your work
– Young people
– The Horsfall
– 42nd Street
– Your CV
– Supporting material – This must be in the form of a pdf containing up to 8 images and no larger than 10mb in size. You can include links to work online and your website within this document. If you want to include moving image/sound work in your application please include links to your work online.
There are two commission time slots. These will be confirmed by mutual agreement with the chosen candidates and will be between June 2017 and January 2018.
If you have any further questions about any aspect of the application please feel free to e-mail Julie.McCarthy@42ndstreet.org.uk. Please send applications by e-mail to Julie.McCarthy@42ndstreet.org.uk.
Selection Panels and Timescales
The Micro Commission panel is chaired by Julie McCarthy, Creative Producer for The Horsfall at 42nd Street. The rest of the panel is made up of:
– Two young people from the Creative Agents group at The Horsfall
– A representative from The Kim Lindfield Trust
The deadline for submissions is Friday 5th May at 12 midday.
Successful candidate will be notified by Friday 12th May.
This opportunity is open to creative practitioners working in any discipline at any stage of their
career. The commissions are reserved for practitioners aged 35 years or under on 1st May 2017.
Students in full time education are ineligible to apply.
We regret that we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.
What: Open day, creative venue supporting young people with experience of mental distress.
When: Saturday 14 January, 12-4pm
Where: The Horsfall, 87-91 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AG
2016, despite its infamy as a problematic and troublesome year, brought us many positives and much pleasure in the form of large scale group exhibitions, our first ‘Spaghetti School’ residency at Free Space Gallery, and working with some of our favourite comrades on exciting new projects designed to spark debate and question closed answers.
We worked as part of the Roving Diagnostic Unit (see photo, right), for Bobby Baker’s Daily Life Ltd., which saw us carrying out performances and workshops at the William Morris Gallery, Vestry House Museum and the Wellcome collection, for the Diagnosing Diagnosis symposium to accompany their latest exhibition, ‘Bedlam’. The workshops were designed to make people think about diagnosis and what it means. Our workshop, A Diagnostic Portrait of…, had participants team up to draw large scale portraits of their patients (objects in situ at Vestry House) using only character descriptors.
Our own exhibition output last year was bumper – we had a large group show to kick things off at Menier Gallery, followed by two more exhibitions in London, co-curated with The Dragon Café and Uncooked Cultures, plus a co-curated exhibition with AIMS, at the Oxford Museum and Town Hall Gallery. Over 20o artists were promoted through these exhibitions, with many of them selling work and gaining further professional exhibitions through the exposure of our shows. To date, (since 2011), we have reached an audience of over 10,000 online, shown the work of over 200 artists to a physical audience of 1,000+, and worked closely with 10 artists to mentor and support their practice.
Workshops have covered printmaking, sculpture, collage, alternative ways of drawing, and a collaboration with artist and photographer, Catriona Gray, to deliver a series of photographic mixed media workshops at Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town. The photos below show collage work, the process of lumen exposure photography, and the final outcome of combining the lumen technique with printmaking. All workshops are free, supported by the ever excellent Kentish Town Improvement Fund and Free Space Gallery. Extra support in the form of volunteers comes from Clean Break.
2017 – onwards!
First up, January 23, we have a printmaking workshop at The Dragon Café for Broken Grey Wires. If you already know the Dragon Café, you’ll know that spaces are limited, and you must be registered with them to take part. The workshop starts at 3pm.
Next, we are over the moon to be working with the young people of Snowsfield Adolescent Unit at the South London and Maudsley Hospital. Work to start in February, and while it is only open to residents at SLaM, we will report back with our artistic endeavours.
Spaghetti School will be starting again in March, and continuing in 5 week blocks throughout the year. Keep your eye on the blog for news to come!
We’ve got loads of new artists to update you with, so make sure you are following the blog and all good social media outlets (you know the ones, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to keep up to date with who’s doing what.
Finally, Happy New Year, everyone!
What: Visual art exhibition, Private View
When: 29 November, 6-8pm, exhibition continues 30 Nov – 30 Jan 2017
Where: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT
The Petrie Museum are delighted to invite you to join them for the Private View of their new exhibition, One Pot Per Day, by Slade School of Fine Art graduate Kate Keara Pelen, on Tuesday 29 November from 6-8pm.
“Every day, for 365 days, from January 1st to December 31st 2015, I produced one soft hand-made vessel using simple crochet techniques. The project came out of the desire to find a manageable way of sustaining a commitment to my creative output during a period when extensive time in the studio was not going to be possible. The vessel-like shape emerged naturally out of experiments in spiral and tubular forms. The notion of a ‘pot’ allowed for sufficient variety and flexibility in the making to keep my attention for twelve months, while still functioning as a coherent collection or family of objects.”
Kate Keara Pelen
Come and meet the artist and see how her practice complements our collections of ancient Egyptian pots. Drinks will be served in the main museum space.
The exhibition will run from 30 Nov 2016 – 30 Jan 2017 at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
To attend please book at https://onepotperdayprivateview.eventbrite.co.uk
If you have any access requirements please email firstname.lastname@example.org,
Tel. 0207 679 4138
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is part of UCL Culture
What: Art Fair, £5 entry (includes entry to full Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios)
When: 11am – 6pm, 24 – 27 November 2016, Private View: Thursday 24, 6 – 9pm
Where: Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP
As part of this year’s Christmas Open Studios at Cockpit Arts, ActionSpace presents: The Out There Art Fair
As well as providing an exciting exhibition of contemporary art work, this affordable art fair also offers the opportunity for the public to take home a unique piece.
This year, Cornelia Marland is curating the exhibition. Cornelia works as a Curator, Project Co-ordinator and Workshop Facilitator. In May 2015, she founded Geddes Gallery, which is now running as a pop up gallery in and around Kings Cross London. Read about her experience as The Out There Art Fair curator in our blog here
“I was thrilled to be asked to curate the ActionSpace exhibition as part of the Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios 2016. This year the aim was to include as many ActionSpace artists as possible and since the art work is so wonderfully varied I thought an art fair which celebrated diversity would work perfectly”
So save the dates!
Image: Thomas Owen‘s Artwork
What: Exhibition by artists Harrison Moore & Terence Wilde
When: 11 Nov – 02 Dec, 2016
Where: Window Gallery 4, Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA
Private View and Q&A with Artists: Thursday 10th November, 6-9pm. All welcome! To download invite with all information, click here: PDF Invite to Private View
Shared Insight: A collaborative exhibition.
Shared Insight showcases the work of Harrison Moore, a Central Saint Martins Fine Art Graduate, and Terence Wilde, an artist associated with Outside In.
Harrison and Terence worked together in partnership as part of a four-month residency at Kentish Town Health Centre earlier this year, where they were exploring shared insights of what it means to be artists working in contemporary London.
This exhibition, and accompanying booklet, shows one of their films and its scripts, as well as photographs and artworks created together.
For more information on the residency and previous exhibition, click here.