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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 have largely been run in the 2013/14 school year, and all will be showcased in the Blackburn is Open pop-up exhibition space running over half term from 22nd to 31st October 2014. Keep watching the blog for updates on the exhibition and all the residencies. As well as through our regular Blog, you can also catch up with ArtistCall on:


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

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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