AUX x MO Open Call

Closing date:


MOTHEROTHER has teamed up with The Auxiliary Project Space and artist-mentor Lenka Clayton to offer a six month programme of support to an artist of any discipline who is also a parent or carer.

This opportunity is for an artist of any discipline who is also a parent or carer and who:

  • has faced barriers to developing their work as a result of their caregiving responsibilities.
  • is an emerging artist or has had a break in their career due to their caring responsibilities and wishes to re-start their exhibiting practice.
  • would benefit from a focused period of mentoring and support in application writing to help sustain their practice.
  • would like support in developing and refining outcomes in preparation for exhibition.
  • lives in the North East of England in one of the following postcodes: DH, DL1 – 6, DL12 – 17, NE, SR, TD15 (England) and TS.

What is on offer?

The successful applicant will receive:

  • Six months of mentoring from artist Lenka Clayton, creator of ARIM, (plus support to undertake the ARIM if appropriate to your situation and interests), running May – October 2024. 1 hour mentoring per month via Zoom with comprehensive feedback and action points provided after each session.
  • £1200 towards developing your work, which can be spent in any way you feel supports you best (e.g. periods of childcare, materials, research visits, etc.). 70% of this fund will be paid up front and the final 30% when work has been delivered for exhibition.
  • Inclusion of work within Middlesbrough Art Week 2024, showing at one of the festival’s central pop-up venues.
  • Inclusion in Middlesbrough Art Week’s artist talk programme at the festival hub.
  • Overnight accommodation in Middlesbrough for the opening night of the Middlesbrough Art Week (if required).
  • 2 x sessions with MAW curatorial team (Kypros Kyprianou, Claire Feely & Liam Slevin) to support exhibition preparation.
  • 2 x DYCP application support sessions from Liam Slevin and Will Hughes of The Auxiliary Project Space to help sustain your personal progression.  
  • Logistical and liaison support from Sue Loughlin of MOTHEROTHER across the support period with the opportunity to be involved in MOTHEROTHER programming. 

You may want to develop ideas from existing work or themes, or evolve new elements within your work. It is understood that proposals may change over the course of this development opportunity.

Budget Six months' mentoring + £1200 development budget

Deadline 14 April 2024

To apply, please e-mail a maximum of two sides of A4 or a two-minute video, which explains why this opportunity is right for you at this time; states how you meet the criteria; and gives an idea of what you intend to create for the exhibition at MAW 2024. Please save files with a title which includes your name and the words ‘AUX x MO application’.

Please also provide links to your artist website and/or artist social sites. If these are not available, please send a maximum of five images and accompanying descriptions as a single PDF.

(If you wish to apply by a different method due to access needs, e.g. via Zoom call, please email to arrange)

The successful applicant will be informed by 19 April. An initial consultation will take place the w/c 22 April. Mentoring with Lenka Clayton will run between May – October, with specific dates to be mutually agreed.

Deadline for completed work for exhibition: w/c 9 September
Middlesbrough Art Week opening event: 26 September


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