Northern Expressions Call Out 23/24

Crescent Arts in partnership with Scarborough Museum and Galleries are launching Northern Expressions open call out. A creative development programme for emerging artists who have not studied art at university and live in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Crescent Arts in partnership with Scarborough Museums and Galleries are launching Northern Expressions open call out. A creative development programme for emerging artists who have not studied art at university and live in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Deadline; 11.59pm on Wednesday 24th January 2024.
Late applications will not be accepted.


>> We will be holding an Open Call Out Day on Saturday 20th January, 10am – 3pm at Woodend Gallery and Studios <<

What we offer

Crescent Arts and SMG aim to foster emerging talent through the development programme by:

  • Research visits within the North
  • Workshops
  • Open studio access (Fixed period from 27 April – 29 June 2024)
  • One-to-one support with a programme mentor
  • Receive a grant of £700
  • Group exhibition in January 2025

The programme intends to support up to 10 emerging artists who have not been to university with the opportunity to develop themselves and improve pathways towards achieving early artistic careers.

Why it’s important to us

Northern Expressions forms part of Crescent Arts’s and SMG’s aim to support emerging practitioners with opportunities to explore, connect, and grow their creative potential. By showing participants what has been achieved elsewhere and bringing them into a national creative network, the programme seeks to build aspirations and raise the benchmark for visual arts in the North.

We acknowledge that artists outside of larger towns and cities often experience isolation, are disconnected from opportunities, and have limited access to grow their practice. The programme will investigate ways of strengthening a community through workshops focused on specific topics that build expertise and centre around collaboration, community, and provide an active voice for new Northern talent.

We are looking for dedicated individuals who aspire to begin their creative career in the visual arts.

You need to be:

  • 18 or over.
  • Have not studied art at university.
  • Live in Yorkshire and the Humber.
  • Open to learning new skills.
  • Willing to talk about your artistic practice with peers, artists, and professionals.

*Please note that dates will be kept as close as possible but may be subject to change due to booking availability of artists.

Fri 9th Feb Successful applicants notified
Fri 16th Feb Session 1 – Welcome session 10:15 – 4pm
Fri 01st March Invite to preview ‘Sensing Creativity’
Mon 25th March Session 2 – Workshop introduction to ‘A Sense of Place’
*Fri 12th April Session 3 – Research visit (full day)
Fri 26th April Invite to preview “Coastal Ecologies”
Sat 27th April – Sat 29thJune Open studio access
*Fri 17th May Session 4 – Research visit (full day)
*Fri 31st May Session 5 – Workshop collaboration
*Mon 10th June Session 6 – Workshop artist led practice
*Fri 19th July Session 7 – Research visit (full day)
*Mon 12th Aug Session 8 – Workshop artist led practice
*Mon 16th Sept Session 9 – Workshop and critique
Mon 25th Nov 2024 DEADLINE to submit artwork for marketing of exhibition and curation of space
Available from Fri 10thJan – 17th Jan 2025 Install from 10th -16th Jan with preview Friday 17th Jan.

Exhibition open to public Sat 18th Jan 2025

*Prior meetings will be arranged to discuss tech installation

How do I apply?

To apply please complete the following steps:

Step 1. CV including full contact information (name, email and current contact number)

Step 2. Expression of Interest – can be completed as a link to a voice note or video recording covering the points outlined below.

  • How do you intend to interpret the theme ‘Coastal Ecologies’?
  • Is the body of work new or an extension of an existing project or exhibition. Please provide details.
  • How do you plan on using Woodend Gallery Space?
  • Who is your target audience and how do you intend to engage the audience?

Please download the form to fill in the information – Download the Word Document

Note: Expressions of Interest should be no longer than 1000 words or 10 mins in length. The submission should be compiled into one document or recording.

Step 3. Three examples of your artwork and link to website or social media

  • Title of artwork
  • Medium
  • Dimensions

Step 4. Equal opportunities and diversity monitoring form. Download the Word document

 Application checklist:

  • CV with contact details
  • Expression of interest with name (download application form or link to voice note or video)
  • Three images of your work
  • Equal Opportunities and Diversity Monitoring Form

Ready to apply?
Please email your full application, with the subject title ‘Coastal Ecologies Open Call 2024’,
to by 11.30pm
on Sunday 18th February 2024

Late applications will not be accepted.

What’s next?
Applicants may be invited to online interviews Thursday 22nd / Friday 23rd February 2024. 

The final selection will take place on Saturday 24thFebruary 2024. The selection committee is made up of members of SMG and Crescent Arts staff.

Applicants will be notified if they have been successful by Sunday 25th February 2024.

If you have not heard from us by this date, unfortunately you have been unsuccessful in your application. We are unable to provide feedback on individual applications.

Please click HERE to go to Scarborough Museum and Galleries to see more information. You will also see links to all information needed on diversity monitoring and access needs.

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Woodend Gallery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PW