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Into the Wild 2020 - Call for Participants, Chisenhale Studios


Chisenhale Studios is inviting applications for Into the Wild 2020 – an artist development programme for recent BA graduates and those with equivalent experience.

This course supports and challenges artists in the early stages of their careers by offering opportunities for creative development and by providing practical advice on how to survive and thrive in the world beyond art school: how to create opportunities, get funding, write applications, work with galleries/curators, be critical of institutions, build and work with audiences, work collectively, make your own art world, juggle things (metaphorically), stay confident, expand networks, be proactive and create alternatives.

The 14 artists selected for Into the Wild will be expected to participate fully, attending scheduled sessions each Monday for eight weeks starting February 2020 and committing to involvement in events, research/learning activities and the final group show, through to late October 2020. The expected commitment is a minimum of one day per week throughout the programme, from the beginning of February to the end of October. There is no fee required to participate in or apply to Into the Wild.

Who can apply? 

Practicing artists based in England who have completed BA degree courses 2016-2018. We will also consider artists who don’t have an arts BA but have undertaken an equivalent level of training/education and are at the same stage in their careers. We will not consider artists who have completed an MA.

There is an emphasis on underrepresented voices and those that feel they are facing barriers in accessing the artworld. For example, this could be associated with race, disability, age, gender identity, sexuality or class, or other economic, social or geographic barriers. We would also like to address the historically London-centric focus of the programme, so this year we are aiming to recruit 50% of participants from outside of London.

Travel: To encourage non-London based artists to apply we offer a small travel bursary to artists based outside Greater London. 

Please visit the Chisenhale Studios website for more information: 

Deadline: Sunday 12 January 2020.

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