PS² Freelands Artist Programme 2021-2022 – Open Call for Emerging Artists – currently closed

Open Call for emerging/ re-emerging artists for the PS² Freelands Artist Programme 2021-2022

PS² invites emerging or re-emerging Northern Ireland based artists to apply for the PS² Freelands Artist Programme 2021-2022, a two-year creative and professional development programme for emerging/ re-emerging artists funded by the Freelands Foundation.

Supported by peer learning and critique, a project curator, and mentors, the PS² Freelands Artist Programme enables emerging artists of any age to focus on, and develop, significant new work and research.The programme also includes the realisation of projects at PS², research trips, a symposium, visits by external curators, and the possibility to show work in the Freelands Gallery (London).

Five artists will be selected to participate in the 2021-2022 programme. They will each receive £5000 per annum over two years, financial support for production, individual tailored curatorial support, and the full commitment of PS².

Information about the PS² Freelands Artist Programme application procedure can be found here.

About the Freelands Artist Programme

This programme is now entering its third year, with the 1st cohort artists: Janie Doherty, Michael Hanna, Julie Lovett, Jan McCullough and Emily McFarland and 2nd cohort artists: BROWN&BRÍ, Jane Butler, Mitch Conlon, Jasmin Märker and Thomas Wells. Alissa Kleist is the project curator for 2018-20.
More information about their work can be found here.
The Freelands Artists Programme supports emerging artists and local organisations to retain and grow talent in their region. As an artist-run organisation, PS² has always worked with artists at the start to mid-career and encouraged risk taking and experimentation, radicalness and difference. We strongly believe in the social relevance of art and are keen to support community-engaged and context-specific projects.

For PS², the Freelands Artist Programme is an exciting and valuable opportunity to support emerging artists and to strengthen the arts ecology and explore the potential for contemporary art in Northern Ireland. By the end of the five year programme, twenty artists will have participated.
We hope that the Freelands Artist Programme will energise emerging artists and contribute to making the region culturally cool and exciting.

The Freelands Artist Programme was awarded to four organisations across the four nations of the UK. Alongside PS², Belfast/ Northern Ireland are Site Gallery, Sheffield, England; g39 in Cardiff, Wales and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. This new programme from Freelands Foundation will provide funding totalling £1.5 million over a five-year period. Each institution will curate a series of two-year programmes with five artists annually, allowing those artists to receive much needed support across both creative and professional development.

Contact: or 07733457772

This programme is funded by the Freelands Foundation.

PS² is supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Deadline for receipt of applications is: Saturday 19 September 2020

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