NMG Development Programme Production Bursaries
NMG Development Programme Production Bursaries



Application Deadline:  Monday 5 July 2021, 12 noon
Responses Sent: Monday 19 July 2021, 5pm
Artist Fee: £1250
Production Fee: £750
Mentor Fee: £400


About New Midland Group:

New Midland Group (NMG) is a consortium of three artist-led organisations located in Nottingham: Backlit, One Thoresby Street and Primary. We work together to develop the profile and sustainability of contemporary visual arts in the Midlands, through research, activity and opportunities that are additional to the three organisations’ work.


New Midland Group Development Programme:

Over the next 12 months NMG will continue to deliver a project intended to support established artists, individuals with an interest in working in contemporary art and anyone in between. There is an emphasis on creatives who have not engaged in formal arts education or are from backgrounds currently underrepresented within the sector. Through this programme NMG is focused on providing routes into contemporary art and better understanding and articulating the value of artist development.

The programme centres around a group of core associates who are offered a slate of activity including mentoring, collaboration and professional development with a focus on interdisciplinary research, redefining collaborative practice and building confidence, as well as sustainability, both artistic and environmental.

The project also includes an expansive public programme of free discussions, workshops and events taking place both online and across partner venues, plus bursary opportunities open to practitioners based in the Midlands.


Opportunity Overview:

NMG is pleased to announce a call for submissions for two Production Bursaries. This opportunity will support in the development of an ambitious and sustainable culture of production within the Midlands, by establishing relationships with project mentors and working with bursary recipients over a period of up to 9 months to develop and produce artwork to be exhibited at a partner venue. Support package for selected artists:

  • £1250 artist fee.
  • £750 production fee to cover production costs (e.g., fabrication, technical support, performer fees, materials, sound editing etc.) for artwork to be created over a period of up to 9 months (e.g., audio installation, publication, performance, sculpture, intervention etc.) to be presented publicly at a NMG Development Programme partner venue.
  • £400 budget for each artist to appoint a mentor, curator or inspirational person.
  • Access to additional mentoring provided by NMG and project partners.
  • Opportunity to work with the NMG associates cohort.
  • 1-2-1 support throughout from NMG.


Who are we looking to support?

NMG is looking for applications from artists, performers and practitioners working within contemporary art, living or professionally based in the Midlands. There are x2 Production Bursaries available through this opportunity. 

The NMG Development Programme has an emphasis on creatives who have not engaged in formal arts education or are from backgrounds currently under-represented within the sector.


For more information on the open call and how to apply, please access the documents below. Read the open call and application information carefully before submitting:

Please direct any inquiries to info@newmidlandgroup.co.uk  

We look forward to hearing from you.