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Wheatley Fellowship 2021

Birmingham School of Art and Eastside Projects are seeking applications from contemporary visual artists for the annual Wheatley Fine Art Fellowship.

The £9,000 tax-free stipend fellowship is intended to give a practitioner time and resources to develop new work and ideas alongside staff and students at Birmingham City University’s prestigious Birmingham School of Art.

The successful applicant will be provided with a space at the School and access to extensive facilities and expertise across the faculty. You will also work alongside Eastside Projects to make art public by developing your ideas for events, exhibitions or public projects (a further budget to seed fund activities is available from EP). You will be an artist who is interested in being attentive – listening, taking note, reflecting and responding. Eastside Projects is interested in expanding the role of the artist in public life and supporting Birmingham and its citizens.

In the second semester, which runs between Late January and May, you will work with a group of second year undergraduate students on a project negotiated between you and staff at the School. You will also give some tutorial support. Teaching will not exceed one day per week.

The Fellowship lasts for 10 months, commencing in November 2021

 Previous Fellows include:

We particularly encourage applications from Black people, Asian people or people from a Global Majority background or Disabled or D/deaf people as these people are underrepresented in the School.

Application and interview details

Closing date for applications: Thursday 2 September

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Tuesday 7 September.

Interviews will take place online on Thursday 16 September.

You must submit (in a zipped file):

  • A 500 word statement (or up to three minute online audio or video statement link) describing how you would approach the fellowship and how this relates to your practice; what you would like to work on with our students and how you imagine developing a project alongside Eastside Projects.
  • Documentation of your work in a PDF (of recent work up to 10MB that can include links to media files) or link to website/Instagram/online showreel up to five minutes).
  • Your CV.

Please send your application to Lisa Metherell by Thursday 2 September.

We regret that due to the volume of applications we cannot give feedback.

Image: Sofia Niazi, Wheatley Fellowship 2018-19

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