​Beneath the Pavement: Professional Artist Development

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​Beneath the Pavement: Professional Artist Development Appetite and the City Centre Partnership with Airspace Gallery presents: Beneath the Pavement

Beneath the Pavement: A Professional Artist Development programme for Stoke-on-Trent.

Background: In his text, Out of Place (Chodzko, 2000), Adam Chodzko describes the way that art can create an aperture for the public, into a new way of discerning and experiencing public space.
In this professional development programme for artists, the city centre of Stoke-on-Trent will become a test bed for artists’ ideas, and the city’s potential as an exploratory terrain full of opportunity and potential will be explored.
Stoke-on-Trent has been identified as a city where there is low uptake and interest in the arts, and in fact, this can be regarded as a challenge and an invitation and opportunity for artists. The city is very much in the process of changing and developing, and now is a pertinent time to discuss the role of the artist within these developments, and how artists can open the conversation with the public about the experience and consumption of public space. In addition, within this programme we will discuss the role of the artist as visionary, and look at ways of brokering relationships between artists, developers, business owners and stakeholders.

Who should apply?: This professional artist’s development programme is for artists with an interest in working within the public realm, and is suitable for emerging artists, artists looking to gain public realm experience, and artists with an interest in the conversation around the role of the arts in the city of Stoke-on-Trent.
This opportunity for Stoke-on-Trent is provided by the City Centre Partnership and Appetite. The project is in partnership with AirSpace Gallery.
What?: A 2 day consultation and development programme designed to find spaces and opportunities in the city centre for artist and creatives to propose work, events and activities. The aim of the presentation is to explore the opportunities, advocate for the benefits of working with artists and set up a presentation event and publication launch to which relevant city stakeholders, businesses and leaders will be invited.
The programme will offer selected artists the chance to work in a group, supported by a lead artist to carry out a series of artistic action research activities which explore the potential of the city as site for artistic intervention of all forms. The programme aims to equip the artist with a real experience of proposal development, collaborative working and the development of public realm art, and then provides an opportunity for the artist to pitch the ideas to developers and potential funders.
This is an exciting action research project, where artists will develop ideas and confidence in proposing artistic ideas, as well as bringing artists together with potential funders and stakeholders, providing an opportunity for advocating for artistic solutions to some of the city’s development opportunities.
2 day Professional Development programme: Friday, 27th June from 10am - 7pm and 28th June from 10am - 5pm. Presentation event: September tbc. Developed proposals will be presented to invited stakeholders, businesses and the City Centre Partnership.
Selected artists need to be able to commit to the full 2 day professional programme, and the presentation event, as well as committing to developing a proposal/response of minimum 500 words and images.
How to apply:
Please send a CV and 250 word statement about you, your practice and your reasons for applying for the programme. Plus up to 5 web res images of your work, and a link to your website, where relevant to and title the email ‘Pavement Beach’.

Application closes: Wednesday, 11th June
A participating artist bursary of £100 is available for each artist who completes the 3 days, and a proposal.
Appetite is part of the Creative People and Places programme and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Appetite is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with B ArtsBrighter FuturesPartners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University. Appetite is also supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.


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