Blackbox Graduate Visual Art Award 2012: Call for proposals

Blackbox Graduate Visual Art Award 2012: Call for proposals

Deadline: Fri 4th May 2012

Fri 4 May 2012

The Arches is inviting submissions for the Blackbox Graduate Visual Art Award, an award aimed at giving graduates the opportunity to work outside of their normal practice and gain inspiration from the Arches’ multi-artform activity.

Amongst many other mentoring schemes and professional development projects, we currently help new artists through the Platform 18 scheme for new theatre makers, our annual festival of brave new work Arches LIVE, our spring Behaviour Festival of Live Performance and Artist in Residence programmes. The Blackbox Graduate Visual Art Award is the latest in addition to our continued programme of support.


The winner will be awarded a residency at the Arches from July to August 2012, including work space, informal research opportunities and £400 to go towards the creation or development of work in this inspiring environment. The successful candidate will then exhibit in the Arches as part of Arches LIVE in September 2011. Previous winners include Anna Henson, Greg Grant, Georgina Porteous and Thom Scullion.


Candidates will have graduated from any Scottish university or art college in the past three years.


Please submit a proposal including the following:

1) Artist contact details
2) Education
3) Awards/exhibitions
4) Proposal/artist statement (less than 300 words) including:

• How this opportunity would help you build upon work that was shown within your degree show; or, alternatively, how this would provide an opportunity to move away from that strand of work and why
• What strands of the programme/elements inherent to the Arches interest you at present. You can see some of the best national and international contemporary performance makers at Behaviour 2012, for programme details see
• What form you envisage your new work will take – i.e. you could include specific media, whether it will be a durational piece or a static exhibition, what kind of space in the Arches would be best to use
• What kind of artists/professionals/audience you’d be keen to collaborate with/learn from

5) 6-8 images in j-peg format of previous work or future interests (300dpi resolution preferred, max 1MB each)
6) How you heard about the award
7) Your availability on Friday 29th July between 3pm-6pm for the Arches LIVE!/Blackbox Meet & Greet


All submissions should be sent to by Friday 4th May at 5pm or post to Louise Irwin, The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL.

See also the Arches LIVE 2012: Call for proposals
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