Launch of a new professional development programme and residency for emerging artists from diverse backgrounds, supported by Art Fund’s Reimagine programme.

GRAIN Projects and The New Art Gallery Walsall are delighted to announce the launch of REFLECTOR, a programme for and led by diverse artists, designed to empower artists and create new opportunities for collaboration and career development.

The programme will be holistic, based on need and will include mentoring, masterclasses, gallery tours, portfolio reviews, networking and bursaries to create new work. The activities will provide opportunities for participants to take their career and creativity to the next level, learning directly from inspiring artists, mentors, projects and events. Participants will also receive support in developing CVs, statements, portfolios and creating new work for exhibition.

As part of REFLECTOR, the organisations will provide an inclusive Professional Development Residency that is open to emerging artists, curators and producers working with photography, that contributes to their career development, skills, knowledge and opportunities for the future. The programme will be of the highest quality building on GRAIN and The New Art Gallery Walsall’s excellent work over the last eight years, supporting and developing artists through activities that include masterclasses, mentoring, internships, bursaries, residencies, portfolio reviews and advice sessions.

Up to 20 participants will be recruited to take part in the 10-month programme via a national Open Call Applications will open in September 2023 and will be promoted widely. All the participants will be awarded a £1000 bursary to support their involvement.

REFLECTOR is a partnership between GRAIN Projects and The New Art Gallery Walsall, supported by Art Fund’s Reimagine programme.

by Annabel Clarke

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