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24 Oct 2019

bOlder Greater Manchester Visual Artist Talent Programme for Artists 50+

Castlefield Gallery announce bOlder, a talent development programme for contemporary visual artists* aged 50+, commissioned by GMCA as part of Great Place GM. Great Place GM is an action research programme led by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England with the aim of achieving recognition for the essential role of culture in the lives of Greater Manchester residents.


*They welcome applications from artists working across mediums in the visual arts including, but not limited to: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, artists film and film & video, sound, live art, public art, socially engaged practices, design, craft.




This programme is aimed at artists aged 50+ living in Greater Manchester. It is for artists working at any career stage with a practice that demonstrates an engagement with contemporary visual arts. Up to one artist from each Greater Manchester borough/city, will be selected to take part in a programme of individual and collective development. Each artist will receive a £600 bursary* towards their costs, 1-to-1 sessions with Castlefield Gallery Director Helen Wewiora and Castlefield Gallery Curator Matthew Pendergast, coaching sessions with a qualified artist coach, professional development workshops and research trips to visit art organisations, artists and scenes in other cities.


*NB. If you have personal circumstances that mean receiving a cash bursary would be problematic, (e.g. for those on benefits), Castlefield Gallery can organise purchases or vouchers to support travel, subsistence, arts materials, etc., for the equivalent amount of the bursary.


What they are looking for


Castlefield Gallery are looking for contemporary visual artists aged 50+ with a demonstrable professional practice, and who will benefit from an intense period of professional and artistic development support. The artist must be able to commit to the programme for six months (on a part-time basis).


Click here for more information, including how to apply.