ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

Callout for Artists in Residence – Partition Parables

An Artist Residency Project, for 2 Artists, for 2 months, beginning September 2022

This Residency project has as its seed the somber remembrance of the 75th anniversary (1947-2022) of the Partition of India, England’s premier colony widely celebrated as the Jewel in the Crown, as well as the Independence of India. Several cultural events are being organized across England over the year 2022-23 to celebrate the historic landmark and bring together the hundreds of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi families settled over the last many decades in the UK.

India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, which were together as the British Indian Empire till August 14, 1947, were first partitioned according to the lines drawn by Cyril Radcliffe, on religious lines, depending on where a majority of the Muslim and Hindu (and Sikh) communities lived. Thus was formed Pakistan on north-western India (West Pakistan) and on the east, Bengal was divided into West Bengal that went to India and East Bengal that became East Pakistan. This created a mass migration, displacing more than 14 million people. An estimated 2,000,000 persons were killed or maimed, women were raped or abducted. The violence did not spare children and senior citizens either. For years, Hindus and Sikhs from the Punjab / Sindh areas in Pakistan lived in refugee camps across north India and Bengal. The same was true in Pakistan for those Muslims who opted to leave India for the promised land in West and East Pakistan.  While India went on to become a democracy, Pakistan slipped into a military dictatorship. In 1971, East Pakistan fought for its independence from West Pakistan and became Bangladesh. It led to another wave of refugees into India.

Not many of us, here in England even if we originally are from the Indian sub-continent, are more than vaguely aware of this history. But it is still an issue which many affected families and their descendants in all three countries have yet to come to terms with, in spite of the fact that seven and a half decades have passed by.

However, for the present Residency, we are taking this important landmark in the colonial history of England as a significant starting point for applying artists to think about the idea of Partition. And it can be ‘Partition’ of various kinds – actual, familial, psychological, physical, natural – and can be triggered by political events, pandemics, natural disasters, terrorism, wars and violent conflicts, ideological and religious intolerance and persecution.

In more recent times, Britain has also experienced a ‘Partition’ of sorts – the Brexit decision has fiercely torn the Continent away from Britain, creating invisible but very palpable partitions. Neither people and goods can move as freely across country borders as it was so easily possible earlier, creating major trade and talent constraints, and these have quickly filtered down to affect the ordinary lives of the British people in small yet significant ways, unimagined by those who thought of Brexit and those who voted for it. Just a few months back, the Russia-Ukraine conflict has also created ‘Partitions’ of many kinds – not just are families in the war-affected zones having to flee for their lives leaving behind their homes and all the beautiful memories associated with them, it has forced them to leave their motherland and find refuge in other countries who may or may not be very welcoming.

Yes, all ‘Partitions’ involve a separation of sorts. Unfortunately, they are often very difficult to bridge. However it is the sustained efforts to want to build those bridges that is the all-important narrative. 

During the Residency:

Those artists who believe that their current practice dovetails into the thematic premise as explained above, are invited to apply (see Application details below). They must submit a 500-word Statement of Intent, and a set of images of the current work you produced (over the last two years).

This is a two-month Artists’ Residency which will be awarded to two artists. It will be held at Artcore, Derby. The Resident Artists can work in any medium of their choice. At the end of the Residency, both artists will be given an opportunity to showcase the works created during the Residency in an exhibition to be held in the Artcore Gallery.

We are offering each artist:
  • An inclusive artist bursary of £1000 
  • An artist blog and digital platform throughout the residency to share the progress of the work
  • Residency space at our cabin and Artcore Gallery 
  • A chance to deliver artist talks and workshops at Artcore Gallery and online 
  • Mentoring and curatorial support throughout the residency
  • Publicity and marketing support

We welcome applications from artists working in any visual arts discipline, and with a cross-disciplinary practice. 

We expect artists to have a commitment to developing their practice, and to engage in dialogue with Artcore and our audiences and the wider international contemporary arts and cultural sector.

How to Apply:

You can apply via Curatorspace 

Deadline:

31st August 2022

 

If you’d like to have a chat or visit before you apply please contact us by phone: 01332 384 561 or email at: info@artcoreuk.com 

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Administrator

Location: Artcore Derby
Position: Part time – 21 hours per week 

You will be an experienced administrator, highly organised, accurate and possess excellent IT skills. You will work with and support our staff and volunteers across a variety of administrative tasks as well as liaising with sessional artists. This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to play an important role in supporting our organisation.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity please download the job spec below.

Closing date for applications: 28th August 2022
Potential Interview dates: 1st /2nd September 2022
Anticipated start date for role: 12th September 2022

To apply please send your current CV and a covering letter with the Position applying for in the subject to info@artcoreuk.com or post it to (Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street Derby DE1 2GT)

Community Liaison Officer

Location: Artcore Derby
Position: Part time – 21 hours per week 

You will be working alongside our staff team to develop and implement a community engagement strategy, develop new partnerships and ensure that our projects are meeting their objectives. You will be highly organised, an excellent communicator and enjoy engaging with people from diverse communities. This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to play a pivotal role in supporting our organisation and engaging with our local communities.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity please download the job spec below.

Closing date for applications: 28th August 2022
Potential Interview dates: 1st /2nd September 2022
Anticipated start date for role: 12th September 2022

To apply please send your current CV and a covering letter with the Position applying for in the subject to info@artcoreuk.com or post it to (Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street Derby DE1 2GT)

Project Coordinator

Location: Artcore Derby
Position: Full time – 37 hours per week 

You will coordinate, develop and implement our programme of workshops, events and outreach activities working alongside other staff members and volunteers to achieve our project aims. You will be highly organised with excellent attention to detail and enjoy working with diverse communities. This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to play an important role in supporting our organisation.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity please download the job spec below.

Closing date for applications: 14th August 2022
Potential Interview dates: 18th /19th August 2022
Anticipated start date for role: 1st September 2022

To apply please send your current CV and a covering letter with the Position applying for in the subject to info@artcoreuk.com or post it to (Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street Derby DE1 2GT)

CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES

Artcore Associates Callout – Join Artcore’s Associates Pool

Artcore is a dynamic and developing Contemporary Visual Arts organisation with two bases in Derby. Artcore delivers 10 exhibitions & 4 artist residencies annually, with a vibrant workshop and participation programme and projects engaging with the communities of Derby. Established in 1995, Artcore moved to Derby in 2005, became a registered charity in 2012 and an Arts Council England NPO in 2018/19.

Becoming part of the Artcore Associates would give creatives an opportunity to approach Artcore to help them realise a project or initiative that is still in the ideation or developmental stage. Co-production is way to build your creative practice as well as further your relationship with us and gain access to our networks within the creative industry. We are interested in seeing ideas that align with our values and ethos.

Artcore wants to expand and diversify our pool of associates, and are you a creative person with a wide range of skills – artists, curator, makers, workshop leaders, project managers, exhibition technicians, designers, art administrator and probably a few other things we haven’t thought of yet.

Are you interested in making your community healthier through arts and culture?

Send in your proposal.

How to Apply:

First, have a look at our website – Artcore (https://www.artcoreuk.com) – so you can find out more about our history, our ethos, and the kind of things we do. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to visit us or for an informal chat.

Next, submit an application of interest via email telling us about your skills, experience and knowledge. You should tell us about specific exhibitions, events and projects you have been involved in, and tell us what your role was in them. Here are some things to consider while submitting your proposal.

  • Why would you like to work with Artcore? Are there any of our projects or activities that appeal to you the most?
  • What have you done previously that you think best matches up with Artcore’s ethos and projects? Tell us about any projects, exhibitions or other activities you are especially proud of, and what your role was in them.
  • Is there a particular role you see yourself in, and are there specific skills that you could bring to Artcore as a member of our Associates Pool –  e.g. artist, curator, designer, art administrator, exhibition technician, project manager, producer, workshop facilitator …
  • Where are you based? We work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Deadline:

This is an ongoing opportunity. Proposals will be accepted until  5pm on 11 September 2022 via info@artcoregallery.org.uk

If you’d like to have a chat or visit before you apply please contact us by phone: 01332 384 561 or email at: info@artcoregallery.org.uk 

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VOLUNTEER

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

We are always looking for enthusiastic people who share our vision and can help us to support artists and the community. Our success depends on the hard work and enthusiasm of our staff and volunteers.

Working at Artcore Gallery presents inspiring opportunities, including the chance to discover new hobbies, take part in community projects and even create works of art of your own.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please consider which area of the following you would like to help with:

Gallery assistant, technician , project support, community engagement, marketing and design.

For more information, please email info@artcoreuk.com

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