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ArtistCall selection is now complete, following 210 artists applying online to be considered for 8 new residencies. These are spread between 6 new or refurbished secondary schools in Blackburn, and are part of final phase of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s Building Schools for the Future programme. Residencies commenced in the 2013/14 school year, so keep watching the blog for updates on all the residencies. As well as through our daily Blog, you can also catch up with ArtistCall on:


This website allowed artists to register their interest over two registration rounds, obtain information on the briefs, and then upload information on their practice. All artforms and artist types have been encouraged to apply. ArtistCall Round Two by default includes those artists already registered for it’s schools during their Round One registration. All registered artists are able to acess and revise their profiles at any time.

Artist profile sections will not be publicly visible initially (although any document uploads outside the  ‘profile’ section will), and will be shown to schools as a private ‘intranet’. This will enable a panel drawn from Blackburn with Darwen’s Arts Development Services and the 6 schools from both tranches select 4 artists each for an initial commission. This will form a short-listing stage, and will allow artists to respond to each specifically developed  brief. This first commissioning stage will be worth £300 per artist, and will allow them to develop initial proposals  for the residencies.

Thereafter, an agreed school selection panel chose up to 10 separate artists  for the final commissioning residencies. In the end, 8 were selected, but these  included 2 ‘double commissions’). The numbers of and length of these residency are as flexible as the art forms under consideration, as long as the budgets listed are not exceeded. Single residencies were offered at £10,000 each, plus expenses. Note that no provision other than the stated artist expenses and materials budget, has been made for artwork fabrication costs unless this was agreed as a variation from the outset (i.e as in St Bede’s).

How it Works

Artist registion of Expressions of Interest and inputting of profiles with work examples

Our moderation of profiles and confirmation of long-list of 12 artists per school

We short-list 4 artists per school with £300 honorarium offered

Schools themselves select up to 10 single residencies worth £10,000 each

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