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ArtistCall is now sadly complete, but this website and blog will remain as an archive.  This followed 210 artists applying online and 7 new residencies being commissioned in 6 of Blackburn’s new or refurbished secondary schools. An earlier phase, also involving 4 separate artist residencies was earlier completed for the Shine Local Education Partnership (LEP) as well. The result of this has been 11  residencies completed across 8 different schools, and all part of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s innovative Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The final tranche of Artistcall residencies, together with the earlier Shine residencies were showcased in the Blackburn is Open (BiO) pop-up arts space as part of the new Blackburn Urban Room (URB) festival of architecture. The Artistcall Exhibition ran over half term from 22nd October to 1st November 2014.


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This website originally allowed artists to register 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 included those artists already registered for it’s schools during their Round One registration. All registered artists were able to access, revise or delete their profiles at any time.

Artist profile sections are not publicly visible (although any document uploads outside the  ‘profile’ section are), and these were shown to schools as a private ‘intranet’. This  enabled a panel drawn from Blackburn with Darwen’s Arts Development Services and the 6 schools from both tranches to select 4 artists each for an initial commission. This process helped formed initial  long-listing, and allowed artists to respond to each specifically developed  brief. This first commissioning stage was worth £300 per artist via an honorarium, and thereafter allowed them to develop initial proposals  for the residencies.

After this an agreed school selection panel chose up to 10 separate artists  for a short list final commissioning posibilities. In the end, 8 artist were finally selected acroiss 6 schools, 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 based on set reasonable time-charges, plus incurred expenses. Note that no provision other than the stated artist expenses and materials budget, was allowed for any permanent artwork fabrication costs unless this was agreed as a variation from the outset (i.e as in St Bede’s and TIGHS).

How it Works

Began with Artist registration of Expressions of Interest and input of profiles online

Then our Artistcall moderation confirmed a long-list of 12 artists per school

Next, short-listing to agree 4 artists per school with each awarded £300 fee

Finally, Schools agreed 1 or 2 residencies worth £10,000 each and work began...

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