What We Talk About
What We Talk About When We Talk About Work is a programme of public discussions bringing together curators and artists working across the north of the UK with creative practitioners from different European cities. The discussions are focused upon exploring ways of working outside, across, between and within existing institutional structures. Each event takes a particular thematic inviting practitioners to share their current projects and their approach to working.
The programme will launch on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, with events occurring regularly until August 2018. Each discussion will be broadcast live by this is tomorrow.
The project has been developed by Laura Mansfield in collaboration with this is tomorrow, Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West, Yorkshire & Humberside Visual Arts Network, North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network and the participating venues of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, NGCA Sunderland, Bluecoat, Grundy Art Gallery, The Tetley and The Whitworth.
The inaugural event in the What We Talk About When We Talk About Work series of discussions takes the theme of ‘Rethinking the Institution’. The participants in this event will explore the potential to establish alternative structures for supporting and engaging with contemporary art practices. Speakers include Miguel Amado, Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Binna Choi, Director of Casco, Utrecht; and artists Maurice Carlin and Emily Hesse.
Two writing bursaries are available for writers, artists or curators to attend one of the programmed talks and develop a new piece of text in response to the discussions. Recipients will receive a £200 fee and £50 towards travel expenses. Texts will be published on this is tomorrow.
Bursary One — Deadline for applications 6pm 18th October Funding is available for a writer to cover one or more of the following talks:
- Rethinking the Institution: 2nd November 2017, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
- Conversation and Exchange: Talking with Children: 18th Jan 2018 Bluecoat, Liverpool
- Movement and dance: 21st February 2018 The Tetley, Leeds
Bursary 2 will be announced 10th January 2017.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in applying for a bursary please send a short biography, an outline of your interest in one of the given talks (500 words max) and a sample of your previous writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 18th of October. Please include What We Talk About in the email subject line.
To be eligible for a bursary you must be based in the north of the UK and have not had more than 6 prior pieces of writing published.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.