The g39 Fellowship is an initiative that fosters, extends and reinforces a peer group of artists over a five-year programme. It forms part of the Freelands Artist Programme alongside equivalent initiatives organised by PS2 (Paragon Studios/Project Space) in Belfast, Site Gallery in Sheffield and Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh. They will join the first group that joined the g39 programme in 2018 - Kelly Best, Ian Watson, Fern Thomas, Neasa Terry, Jennifer Taylor and from 2019 Becca Thomas & Clare Charles working collaboratively, Will Roberts, Rebecca Gould, Rhiannon Lowe and Freya Dooley on their Covid-delayed time on the Fellowship.
The Fellowship is an intensive series of workshops and training, contact time with mentors, visiting artists, curators and g39 staff. We’ll also be organising guest speakers and lectures, group peer critique sessions, plus away days, research visits, remote networking and social activity. In addition, the Freelands Artist Programme organise annual symposia and an exhibition opportunity at the end of each two-year cohort at Freelands Foundation in London.
By the end of the programme, over twenty artists will have participated in the g39 Fellowship.
About Freelands Artist Programme
The Freelands Artist Programme is a new initiative designed to support and grow regional arts ecosystems by fostering long-term-relationships and collaborations between emerging artists and arts organisations across the country.
Its aim is to support a group of ambitious arts organisations from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England to transform the prospects of eighty emerging artists over a five-year period. In addition, it intends to create a broader legacy of promise and possibility within these arts ecosystems, as well as creating new opportunities for public engagement.
The new programme offers funding totalling £1.5 million across five years to four arts organisations. This covers a comprehensive programming budget for each organisation, including the recruitment of additional staff where required. The funding also includes individual grants for each artist selected by the organisations, as well as organisational travel costs for an annual symposium, to share learnings and best practice among the participants.