Black Dogs Bursaries
Are you an artist, art collective or creative type with an urge to do an event/action, exhibition or publication that would be made possible with a bursary of up to £1000? Then read on.
Black Dogs was an art collective formed in Leeds in 2003 as a way to pool resources, skills and learning, and explore alternative ways of making art happen. For over a decade the collective explored questions of what art is, how it’s made, where it happens and who makes it.
Influenced by the DIY music scene, Situationist theory, pub and party culture, the ‘crap towns’ in which we lived or came from, and a belief that making art is more fun and rewarding when done in ‘spare time’ and outside of the institutional Artworld, Black Dogs projects included:
– group exhibitions on the top floors of restaurants, former shop units and empty spaces exploring themes of work and play, the everyday, and value
– public interventions on the streets of Leeds
– contemporary cabaret events at The Brudenell Social Club
– open call publications exploring art, place and identity
– a 12-inch compilation record of artist sounds and images
– guided walks around South Leeds exploring its hidden histories
– a DIY survival kit for Milton Keynes
– a replica of a Leeds pub in Tate Modern in which to discuss the politics of independence
– a radio play exploring Bradford’s countercultural histories and failed regeneration attempts
– an alternative art education project based in Holbeck
and much more. Go to www.black-dogs.org for an archive of projects, or visit Leeds Arts University where there is an archive of the groups publications and print.
Although ‘militantly not-for-profit’ – all members were unwaged and projects were either self-directed or undertaken regardless of funding – Black Dogs built up a wad of cash through sales of publications/editions and accrued fees from public commissions. Recognising that Black Dogs was ‘of a time’, we would now like to distribute these funds to enable new art activity to happen that acknowledges, develops and/or critically lifts its leg on the group’s legacy.
Three of the organisations that are today (part)-run by members of Black Dogs – Pyramid of Arts, South Square Centre, Bradford and 38b London – will select an artist or art collective to receive a bursary of up to £1000. The selections will be based on response to a brief (below) and the selection panel will comprise members of Black Dogs and these three organisations.
38b and South Square Centre bursaries will be selected from an open call. Pyramid of Arts artists will be invited directly to submit a proposal for consideration.
The brief is as follows:
To create an event/action, exhibition or publication that explores, responds to, develops or questions the activity and ideas of Black Dogs between 2004 – 2014:
– collectivity and collaboration;
– participation and the notion that anyone can be an artist
– everyday creativity
– the Do-It-Yourself ethos in art
– art in unusual spaces
– art as intervention
– dark matter, art that’s not presented or encountered as art
– play, and the radical potential of having a good time
– reclaimed work, labour and time
– building alternatives to capitalism and the institutional artworld
Artists will be selected in September 2019 and projects will have some form of public output (event/action, exhibition or publication/edition) by the end of April 2019.
Proposals that demonstrate a robust and inventive approach to developing the final form of the output through collective and collaborative processes (with those involved or with the audience) will be given priority over those that have a fixed idea of the output in advance.
Black Dogs, via the selecting organisations – will contribute up to £1000 towards the activity to be spent how you like. The total budget for the project can be in excess of this amount – that is it could include Support in Kind, voluntary time, additional funds – but these must be secured and guaranteed at the point of submission of proposal.
We also welcome proposals in other formats (i.e a video presentation) following the equivalent structure/length. Proposals should be received by 12noon Monday 16th September 2019. Interviews, if required, will take place w/c 23rd Sept.
Email proposals to Yvonne Carmichael: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have further queries please feel free to contact:
Yvonne Carmichael – South Square Centre
Eva Rowson – 38b
James Hill – Pyramid of Arts
This scheme enables new members to support the centre and offers reduced hire rates and an opportunity to exhibit.
You do not have to be an artist to become a friend of South Square, and your support will help us provide community exhibitions, events and workshops alongside our contemporary arts programme.
Information on how to become a friend of the square can be found here.
South Square wins National Lottery Support!
We have been awarded £87k Development funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help South Square progress our plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant in 2020. This is in addition to the £125k award from Garfield Weston’s Anniversary Fund for building repairs. The flurry of good news is an incredible confidence boost!
This will enable us to obtain planning permission for essential improvements including a new roof, windows and a new entranceway, with the total project costing just over £1million. It will also enable the delivery of numerous traineeships, community, heritage and arts activities and events.