Call for NW artists: Tracing PAPER 2016 – Artist Mentoring Scheme

Deadline: Friday 11 December 2015.

An opportunity open to Artists based in the North West of England.
NB: We will accept applications from artists based in West Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Stoke, and the Peak District, as well as Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria.

PAPER are looking for 9 artists within the North-West region to undertake our mentoring programme. After the successful pilot the scheme, we hope to run this scheme annually. The scheme is open to all artists who feel they would benefit from a sustained period of mentoring; and to those who use paper, or are willing to explore the possibilities of paper in their practice. The programme will commence in January 2016 and will run for a 9-month period, culminating in an exhibition at PAPER from 1 October – 5 November 2016.

Each session will take place in one of the chosen artist’s studio (or an appropriate location), where the host artist will present their work to the other mentees; as well as a representative of the PAPER team, who will be on hand to offer advice and support. We will also invite gallery artists and arts professionals from the region to also provide critical feedback. As part of the programme it is expected that the artists will form a cohesive group, offering mutual support as they prepare for the group exhibition.

Each selected artist needs to be committed to the programme and see it through for the full 9-months. You will be expected to attend all the sessions and keep in contact with the other mentees and PAPER throughout. The sessions will likely take place during the week, so please state your current work commitments, as we will need to negotiate a regular and convenient time for all participants and gallery staff.

There is a small budget available to cover travel expenses for artists/studio visits outside of the Manchester area for each of the 12 sessions. There is also a £150 production budget for each artist for the exhibition and as a Tracing PAPER mentee you will also have a presence on our website.

From last year’s cohort we chose 5 artists to exhibit at The Manchester Contemporary, one artist was presented at Sluice and two at London Art Fair. We also selected two artists to be represented by PAPER.

How to apply:
On no more than 1 side of A4 please state how you would benefit from participating in this scheme, what you hope to achieve, and any current commitments you may have during the mentoring programme.

Please put this into a PDF document along with your artist statement, CV and 4 images of work (with image details)

Email the above to

Deadline for submission: Friday 11 December 2015

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