Our exhibitions programme supports both local and wider Scottish based artists by offering solo, shared, or group exhibitions. With thanks to funding from Creative Scotland we are delighted to announce our new round of Open Calls for submissions to exhibit between June and August 2023 (approximately 4 weeks per exhibition). To apply, you will be required to submit the following information via email, before the closing date of Sunday 26th March 2023 (midnight).
Please send us:
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date of Sunday 26th March 2023 (midnight).
The Birnam Arts exhibition programme promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas. We actively encourage applications from artists from an ethnic minority background, from LGBTQ+ communities, artists living with a disability, neurodivergent artists, artists balancing their work with care responsibilities, in particular mothers returning to the arts after having children, and artists living and working in areas of multi-deprivation. We are also committed to addressing environmental and climate issues and we welcome applications that explore this subject matter.
All submissions are considered carefully, but as we are such a small team, we’re unfortunately unable to offer feedback on individual exhibition proposals. We look forward to hearing from you!
This opportunity provides the following access and support:
This AiR opportunity aims to provide access to a dedicated artistic space, with the option of evening and weekend access, recognising the challenges of balancing paid work and/or family/caring responsibilities whilst developing a growing artistic practice. We envisage this will be most suitable to an artist or maker who is looking to re-establish a routine of focus to their work. We are particularly interested in applications from mothers who have taken a break from their practice due to raising children and supporting their family.
In order to help us grow this programme and to secure future funding, we ask that the awarded artist/maker provides us with feedback on their time with us.
You must be a Scottish based artist or maker working in the visual and/or applied arts sector.
Given this is not a residential opportunity and is looking to support an artist or maker to dedicate routine access to the studio and practice development, applications from Perthshire based artists will be prioritised. However, if you are able to demonstrate clearly how you would intend to access the space through sourcing local accommodation, we would welcome your application.
Please ensure all sections are completed and returned to us at email@example.com by midnight on Sunday 26th March 2023. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Do I have to be Scottish?
No, you can be any nationality, but you must be based in Scotland and have a UK bank account.
Do you provide accommodation?
No, this as a studio-access only opportunity. Please visit dunkeldandbirnam.org.uk for recommendations of local hospitality and accommodation providers.
Are you a wheelchair accessible venue?
Yes, we have dedicated accessible parking and facilities including toilets (on both floors), low ramps between areas, and a lift.
Can I apply in collaboration with another artist or maker?
Yes, but please note that the support and access remains the same regardless of how many people are involved with your project.
Will you provide letters of support if I want to apply for additional funding?
Yes, we can support you with this. A budget of what we offer in-kind would also be available.
Is it possible to have an exhibition off the back of this residency?
Yes, there is potential for this but is not expected of you.
Please contact Helen firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form
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Birnam Arts delivers a programme of monthly exhibitions showing work by artists at varying stages of their careers within both solo and group exhibitions.
We continually develop new opportunities to support the practice and development of Scottish based artists, whilst also bringing work that is inspiring, creative and different to the contemporary art scene in rural Perthshire.
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