The anCnoc Blackbox Graduate Visual Art Award

The anCnoc Blackbox Graduate Visual Art Award

Sat 1 Jan - Tue 31 May 2011

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


The Arches is Scotland’s leading provider of support to emergent artists and performance practitioners, as well as one of the UK’s most exciting and vibrant arts venues. 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 and Artist in Residence and Company in Residence programmes. The anCnoc 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 2011, 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 and Georgina Porteous.


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 Arches programme/elements inherent to the Arches interest you at present
•    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 June 30th between 3pm-6pm for the Arches LIVE!/anCnoc Blackbox Meet & Greet


Please email your submission to by Mon 30th May 2011 at 5pm

Or post to:

LJ Findlay-Walsh
The Arches Theatre
253 Argyle Street
G2 8DL