Call out for visual artists aged 50+ in Greater Manchester for new project

A local and previously successful project is looking for a variety of local artists who are currently unemployed and are looking to take their creativity and skills to the next level with the help of professional support.

bOlder 2021/22‘ is a talent development programme developed by Castlefield Gallery for contemporary visual artists aged 50+, funded by the European Social Fund Community Grants Scheme.

They are welcoming applications from artists working across mediums in the visual arts including (but not limited to) drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, artist’s film, moving image, sound, live art, public art, socially engaged practices, design and craft.

The Castlefield Gallery has spent the last 35 years supporting artists at all stages, connecting them to each other and to our network of curators, arts organisations, artists and collectors.

The project plans to begin face-to-face activities this December but are monitoring ongoing coronavirus restrictions this winter.

Each artist selected for the programme will receive support towards their costs of up to £250, 1-to-1 sessions with Castlefield Gallery Director Helen Wewiora and Castlefield Gallery Deputy Director & Curator Matthew Pendergast, coaching sessions with a qualified artist coach and professional development workshops.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 29 November 2021.

You can find out more and apply online here.


If you have access requirements that could be a barrier to applying or taking part in this programme, please contact Jane Lawson at [email protected] or on 0161 832 8034. Office hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–6pm.


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