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Opportunities for South West Artists

Opportunities for South West Artists

The South West is home to a range of unique and talented artists. With the success of prolific museums and galleries such as Tate St Ives, and Bristol currently named as the art capital of the UK.
London is no longer the epicenter of UK contemporary art. Especially since the arts council awarded £1.25 million to creative organizations in the South West, more and more opportunities have become available to nurture South West artists. We love hearing about new artists making their mark on the South West contemporary art scene, which is why we have put together this list of opportunities and events to support the development of art in the South West. 

LUX Announces Programme and Call for Opportunities in 2016

LUX is an international arts agency that promotes artists working with moving image. Based in London, Lux have just announced a series of initiatives in the South West to support moving image artists working in Bristol and Cornwall, including workshops and residencies for professional and artistic development. Find out more below. 

Arnolfini, Bristol

Organised by the Independent Cinema Office in partnership with LUX, a festival of moving images called PARALLEL will take place at Arnolfini  from 4-6 March 2016. The festival will feature work that investigates current concerns in moving image practice.  In other news, Arnolfini will also be a partner of the new Masters degree in curating, at the University of the West of England (UWE).


2016 will be a big year for artists in Cornwall. First of all, there will be a weeklong intensive residential workshop for artists, filmmakers, curators and writers based in the South West. Led by renowned filmmaker and artist Ben Rivers, whose work has won many awards and been shown in galleries and film festivals around the world, the workshop will include screenings, discussions and activities exploring ethnography and moving image practices. To apply to participate in the workshop visit The Cornwall Workshop website.

Another opportunity for artists in Cornwall is the LUX Residency at Tate St Ives, which aims to explore a Cornish tradition of visual culture. The residency will culminate in a touring film project focusing on communities and places in Cornwall.

How to Strengthen your Application

If you are thinking about applying for one of these opportunities, here’s a tip to improve your application: make an online portfolio. “Creating a successful portfolio is easier than you think. Focus on simplicity, ease of use, hitting your objectives, professionally managing the project, and you’ll end up with a successful portfolio” says creative entrepreneur Sean Hodge. Creating an online portfolio will showcase your work to prospective employers, and you could even use your online portfolio to sell your artwork online, if you do be sure to set up a secure SSL certificate to make safe credit card transactions online. We are always hearing about fraudulent activity online, so make sure you find a trustworthy SSL certificate provider, companies like 1&1 offer SSL certificates which protect your webmail and website from external threats.

For more information on these events and initiatives contact cornwall@lux.org.uk

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