Middlesbrough Art Week: North East Open Call

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Middlesbrough Art Week

Middlesbrough Art Week is seeking artist proposals for its 2024 event.

Middlesbrough Art Week (MAW) continues to bring exciting contemporary art to Middlesbrough, returning for 2024 from From 26 September – 5 October.

The festival is seeking applications for existing work by artists and creatives either based in the North East or who have a connection to the area for an exhibition that forms part of MAW24. The selected artists will show their work in a group exhibition or in appropriate interventions across Middlesbrough. The selection will be made by Penny Payne, curators from MAW, and additional selectors (tbc). Past selectors have included Helen Welford, Exhibition and Collection Curator (MIMA), Chris Clarke, Senior Curator (The Glucksman Museum, Ireland) and Robin Klassnik, Director, (Matt’s Gallery, London).

The title for this year’s festival, In the Now and the Far, seeks to negotiate the overlap and differences between cultural production and political action. Who has the right to take action? What does art and social practice look like? When is the moment and who is in the room? The festival will consider the attitudes, frameworks and timescales that inform the way that we make and share work, and in turn, how this helps us reimagine the communities we live in; how uneven distribution (of power, time, resource, capacity) has shaped social movements of the past; and how this in turn might act as the imaginative scaffold for the future.

MAW will explore the tension that exists between the hope required to imagine different futures, and the urgent demands of social justice to address past and present inequity. At its heart will be programmes to support artistic practice in the North East and to join up conversations and actions towards sustaining these voices in the longer term. In a year of political elections near and far, we will also seek to amplify voices that have been underrepresented historically, to expand our work with and by communities across the wider North East region, to reflect on and promote the creative spirit needed to reconfigure our relationships in the now and for the future so we can better stay (and play) with the trouble.

Middlesbrough Art Week was born in 2017 as an artist-led festival powered by The Auxiliary Project Space, a small growing team of artists, curators and coordinators, and fuelled by wide-reaching partnerships. The festival supports the artistic ecology of the North East, connecting artistic practice and ideas with like-minded peers nationally and internationally.


Budget £500 artist fee

Deadline 31 March 2024

31 Station Street Middlesbrough TS1 1SR

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Apply by e-mailing a link to a specific work on your website, Instagram or any online portal or file transfer service that shows your work. You are also welcome to submit a short text (max 200 words) in the email body, explaining your work (N.B. for large scale works and extensive installations please contact us prior to applying. If you are submitting work for a specific intervention, or performative work etc, additional contextual information can also be submitted in the first instance.)

If you would like to apply with an alternative format then please contact the festival.

From the initial open call, 20 artists will be invited to apply with a more detailed proposal. They will be offered a fee of £75 to cover some of the costs involved.

See here for more information about eligibility and the application process.


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