Sunderland 10×10: 10 Artists into 10 Businesses

Open Call - Residency Programme 2016 for North East Artists 

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Sunderland Cultural Partnership is delighted to invite submissions from artists and creatives (curators, producers, creative SMEs etc) from Sunderland and the North East to take part in Sunderland 10x10, an aspirational artist-in-residence initiative for 2016. We welcome submissions from artists and creatives working in all types of contemporary arts practice, including photography, new media, fine art, artists’ moving image, live art, glass and ceramics, crafts, design, architecture, participatory, site-specific, socially-engaged,sound, music, dance, performance, theatre, spoken word and interdisciplinary practices.

Sunderland 10x10 seeks to support North East based artists and creatives and nurture the development of contemporary arts in collaboration with local Sunderland businesses. By fostering new relationships and connections between businesses and artists in and around Sunderland, Sunderland 10x10 provides a valuable opportunity for artists to learn from and share skills, ideas and knowledge with Sunderland-based, commercial businesses and realise the value and contribution artists make to the creative economy.

This programme is the first strand of 100 Artists into 100 Businesses - a key initiative of the North East Culture Partnership and a central part of the regional 15 Year Case for Culture, which launched in July 2015 and maps ambitious and progressive ways to sustain and grow arts, heritage and culture in the North East of England. The project is grateful for the support of Arts Council England, Creative Fuse North East, the ten local businesses and partners Cultural Spring, Sunderland College and North East Business Innovation Centre.

Our Aims

Sunderland 10x10 aims to:

  • Provide opportunities for innovative, critically-engaged artists, based in the North East to develop new work in collaboration with local, commercial business partners
  • Support North East artists through mentoring, professional development and development of interdisciplinary practice in collaboration with other sectors
  • Introduce North East artists to new business sectors and partners in Sunderland
  • Demonstrate the contribution of artists and cultural SME’s to the regional economy
  • Increase public awareness of the valuable role played by culture in Sunderland and region
  • Demonstrate the positive role played by Sunderland businesses and their commitment to supporting culture in Sunderland
  • Connect the arts economy with the wider North East economy

The Opportunity

Sunderland 10x10 is seeking proposals from Sunderland and North East based artists to take up a short supported residency, lasting no longer than one month, hosted within ten Sunderland based businesses.

Sunderland 10x10 will support ten selected artists to prepare for their residency by providing:

  • BIC Professional Development Artist Workshop: A professional development artist workshop, delivered with the North East Business Innovation Centre, Sunderland. This workshop will be an opportunity for artists to learn more about and prepare for the commercial context in which they will be spending their residency.
  • 10 x 10 Collaborative Workshop: The 10 x 10 Collaborative Workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity for the selected artists and businesses to think, discuss, make, and create with each other, in a high energy, highly collaborative and creative environment. The key goal is for participants to come together to initiate dialogue and explore ideas around relationships between commerce and culture within a regenerating city, as it prepares its bid for City of Culture 2021.

Over the course of one month, each artist and business pairing will collaborate to scope and shape a project proposal that responds creatively to the business’ broad  area of interest in the table below, through their own artistic practice and approach. After the completion of the residency period, each of the Sunderland 10x10 artist business partnerships will pitch their project proposal to a panel of representatives from the arts and business sectors, in a competitive process, for the chance to win a commission fund to realise the delivery of their project proposal. Two projects will be commissioned for delivery. Artists will have access to the expertise and support of the project lead Helen Connify and curator Suzy O’Hara throughout the duration of the project.

10 x Businesses

Ten unique Sunderland based businesses have confirmed support for the project, which will bring a real breadth to the ideas and opportunities that emerge. Our 10 x Businesses are:

Arc Adoption                                                   Northumbria Water

Ashmore Consultants                                    SAFC

Business Improvement District                    Siglion

FabLab                                                             Sustainable Enterprise Strategies

Leighton Group & MAC Trust                       Thompsons Waste

For full detail of how to apply please click HERE

Applications should be sent by email to Helen Connify at by Fri 1 April 17.00 GMT.