NMG Development Programme Collaborative Project Bursaries in Partnership with Artcore
NMG Development Programme Collaborative Project Bursaries in Partnership with Artcore



Application Deadline:  Monday 5 July 2021, 12 noon
Responses Sent: Monday 12 July 2021, 5pm
Artist Fee: £2000
Production Fee: £500


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.


About Artcore:

Artcore is an international centre for contemporary art and creativity based in Derby, UK, and is home to Artcore Gallery, studios and work spaces as well as a shop and cafe. A vibrant hub for commissioning, production, presentation and debate, we offer opportunities for diverse audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.

Here at Artcore Gallery we believe that contemporary art and creativity are central to the development of people and places. We have an extensive exhibition and residency programme which helps support early, mid-career and established artists to create work which deals with pressing social, political and environmental issues.


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 in partnership with Artcore, Derby is pleased to announce a call for submissions for three Collaborative Projects. This opportunity has a focus on interdisciplinary research and is aimed at pairs looking to work collaboratively to develop and deliver a project together. We are focused on supporting creative research, interrogating processes of artistic production and how we can better understand and articulate the value of artist development. Support package for selected artists:

  • £2000 artist fee for each pair (£1000 per artist).
  • Residency at Artcore to work together on collaborative project development.
  • £500 production fee for each pair to support the delivery of an exhibition at Artcore. This could consist of work in progress, documentation, and / or be a series of events over the exhibition period outlined. Artcore will provide curatorial and technical input to support artists.
  • Mentoring, provided by NMG and project partners.
  • Opportunity to work with the NMG associates cohort.
  • 1-2-1 support throughout from NMG and Artcore.


Who are we looking to support?  

NMG and Artcore are looking for applications from pairs who want to collaborate. This opportunity will support six individuals (three pairs) working to develop three collaborative projects. Pairs can comprise of two artists, curators or practitioners, OR one artist and one non-arts practitioners or researchers (i.e., an individual working in, or with experience of another profession or field of interest). Applicants may or may not have worked together in the past. Both parties must be living or professionally based in the Midlands.

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.