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G39 secures share of £1.5m fund to support early career artists

We are very excited to announce that g39 will be one of four visual arts organisations taking part in the Freelands Artist Programme, a major philanthropic investment supporting emerging artistic practices in the UK regions. The Programme is a new initiative by Freelands Foundation, which was founded by the media executive Elisabeth Murdoch in 2015. 20 Jun 2018

G39 secures share of £1.5m fund to support early career artists

With the award g39 will be developing a Fellowship that fosters, extends and reinforces a peer group of artists over the five-­‐year programme. Each year we’ll select five artists who will be invited to take part in a structured programme of studio practice and self-­‐directed research at g39. There will be an intensive series of workshops and training, contact time with mentors, visiting artists, curators and g39 staff. We’ll also be having guest speakers and lectures, group peer critique sessions, plus away days, research visits, remote networking and social activity. The Freelands Artist Programme will also organise a symposium annually and an exhibition opportunity at the end of each two-­year cohort for all participants.

The other participating organisations are PS2 (Paragon Studios/Project Space) in Belfast, Site Gallery in Sheffield and Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh. By the end of the programme, eighty artists across the four organisations will have participated.
We hope that the Freelands Artist Programme will bring wider recognition and acclaim to the sector’s often overlooked work in developing early career talent, engendering similar schemes in the long term and prompting more strategic investment in this critical work.
We expect to be publishing the first round of this opportunity for artists in the coming months.

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