Training and connecting artists with public realm commissions.

BENEFITS FOR
Artists

Art School Plus is a place for artists to learn, develop, and thrive.
  •  Training and support run by artists and commissioning experts
  • Build your peer and sector network
  • Alumni community and ongoing promotion from Art School Plus
  • Commissioning opportunities

BENEFITS FOR
Commissioners

Art School Plus provides the opportunity for commissioners to work with exceptional artists in complete confidence in terms of quality, delivery and ambition.

Consultancy

We have the know-how and experience to support your work and projects at any stage, and a flexible team of experts.

Trusted Artists

We act as a not-for-profit agency for a number of artists we have already selected, trained and developed, ready for your commissions.

You can work with them, and us if you wish, to develop and deliver your commissions.

Bespoke Commissions + Give Back 

We run the full artist recruitment and selection process with you, providing a high-profile panel.

The shortlisted artists receive training and development from renowned artists and leaders, via the trusted Art School Plus training model, before a bespoke final pitch to you and an experienced panel.

The process trains and supports artists and could also include community projects alongside delivery of permanent works.

Our Capabilities

 
ARTIST RECRUITMENT

ARTIST SELECTION

FINE ART KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE

ARTIST SUPPORT AND TRAINING

COMMISSIONING EXPERTISE

ACCESS TO HIGH-PROFILE ART NETWORK

EVALUATION AND REPORTING

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Our Partners

ARTIST FIRST
About Us

We are a social enterprise who connects brilliant early career artists with unique public realm commissions. We focus on supporting artists and ensuring creative talent is developed within communities across the UK.

We are aiming for a world where artists, and art, are embedded within our society, places and business, contributing to a better society for all of us.

People Focused
What we do

Our rigorous selection process, which is led by art sector and community leaders, means we work with exceptional artists who are early-career.

We support these artists to thrive and develop, as well as give back to the area, and its communities, via commissioning and public realm work.

Previous Programme
London

Programme Details

In 2022 we are selecting up to ten exceptional artists and providing them with week-long bespoke training led by renowned artists, architects, environmental experts, developers and public realm leaders. We also support the artists with a display of their work, this year hosted by Metropolitan Workshop.

In summary, if you are selected, you will:
– Receive bespoke week-long training and personal development, centring on public realm commissioning
– Build your peer and sector network
– Display and promote your work (in 2022 this is hosted by Metropolitan Workshops)
– Be part of the alumni community and ongoing promotion from Art School Plus
– Have the opportunity to be represented by Art School Plus for commissioning opportunities

Art School+ represents a considerable investment in each individual, we want to select the very best artists at the right moment in their career. It is a competitive and rigorous process and we have taken every care to make the application and selection process as thorough and fair as possible.

– Decide if this is the right programme for you and your practice, and if you can commit to the timeframe
– Find a nominator, who is willing to support you and is aware of the deadline
– Fill in the application form and send it to hello@artsp.org by 9am on 19 September

Timeline:
– 6-6:35pm 22 August 2022: information event, book here
– 12-12.35pm 12 September 2022: information event, book here
– 9am 19 September 2022: Deadline for applications (both artists AND nominators)
– Week of 26th September 2022: Interviews
– Places awarded by 4 October 2022
– 17-21 October 2022: Intensive training week
– 31 October 2022: Group exhibition

FAQs:
 
Who can my mentor be?
 
Your mentor can be anyone who is able to comment on why you are right person for this opportunity, and how you meet the criteria. Their part of the application counts as half of your overall application, so it is important for you to consider carefully who this may be and give them plenty of notice. Examples of mentors could be: collaborators, previous tutors, colleagues, community leaders, friends. There are guidelines for nominators in the application pack you may wish to direct them to.
 
Will there be any support for the exhibition?
 
Yes. There will be a small budget for each artist to buy materials and items they need for the exhibition. There also will be install time.
 
Are you expecting new work in the exhibition?
 
Throughout the training week we’ll be responding to a speculative brief which the exhibition will be a response to. You may wish to show previous work, and/or idea development in response to the brief. There is no obligation to make new work.
 
Will the ten artists be working as individual artists or will they co-create responses to the brief with other artists?
 
This is up to you and the group. However, the assumption and planning is centred on individual artistic responses.
 
How many years has this programme run before?
 
This is Art School Plus’s inaugural year, and so an especially exiting cohort to be part of.
 
Other comments on the application


Please do think of why this opportunity is right for you, and why now. Please go beyond your artist statement but think about the impact this opportunity will have on your career and goals, as well as how you will contribute to Art School Plus as a programme.

– Demonstrate past experience, or future potential, of public realm practice
– Demonstrate collaborative approach
– Demonstrate motivation and commitment
– Must be an early-career artist
– Must live, study, or work in London at the time of applying
– Must be available for the training programme from17th October – 21st October 2022, and to prepare for, and contribute to, the display of work at Metropolitan Workshop.

What do we mean by ‘early-career’ artist?
An artist who graduated from art school in the last seven years. This does not have to be a continuous seven years. If you did not go to art school, we still encourage you to apply.

If you have questions around your eligibility you can contact hello@artsp.org for help.

Adele

Ella Snell, Founder & Director of Art School +

Jenna Davies, 

Laura Da Silva Gomes, Sustainability Director at Silverfish CSR Ltd.

FAQs:

Who can my nominator be?

Your nominator can be anyone who is able to comment on why you are right person for this opportunity, and how you meet the criteria. Their part of the application counts as half of your overall application, so it is important for you to consider carefully who this may be and give them plenty of notice. Examples of nominators could be: collaborators, previous tutors, colleagues, community leaders, friends. There are guidelines for nominators in the application pack you may wish to direct them to.

Will there be any support for the exhibition?

Yes. There will be a small budget for each artist to buy materials and items they need for the exhibition. There also will be install time.

Are you expecting new work in the exhibition?

Throughout the training week we’ll be responding to a speculative brief which the exhibition will be a response to. You may wish to show previous work, and/or idea development in response to the brief. There is no obligation to make new work.

Will the ten artists be working as individual artists or will they co-create responses to the brief with other artists?

This is up to you and the group. However, the assumption and planning is centred on individual artistic responses.

How many years has this programme run before?

This is Art School Plus’s inaugural year, and so an especially exciting cohort to be part of.

Other comments on the application

Please do think of why this opportunity is right for you, and why now. Please go beyond your artist statement but think about the impact this opportunity will have on your career and goals, as well as how you will contribute to Art School Plus as a programme.

To find out more, and apply, download the application information pack (PDF) and applicaiton form (Word).

'Art School Plus are doing two crucial jobs. The first is to allow people to realise that making art to live with is more important than making art to be sold, the second is evolving the support that will help that art be made.'
Sir Antony Gormley, Sculptor

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