Applications are now open for the Clore Visual Artist Fellowship 2017/18, which for the second year is supported by a-n.

The fellowship, which for 2016/17 was awarded to Salford-based artist Maurice Carlin, is open to all professional visual artists in the UK.

Applicants can be working within fine art, applied art, live arts and moving image, sound and text-based practices, digital and animation, participatory, public and community arts.

The Visual Artist Fellowship forms part of the Clore Leadership Programme, the UK’s first cross-disciplinary leadership programme for the cultural and creative sector, which was initiated by the Clore Duffield Foundation. The programme aims to develop creative leaders through a process of in-depth learning.

Speaking to a-n shortly after receiving the inaugural 2016/17 Visual Artist Fellowship, Maurice Carlin said he was attracted to the self-directed nature of the fellowship.

He added: “There are relatively few routes to develop what we do within visual art, and the paths to developing a practice are often narrow and limited, and pretty unattainable for most… The fellowship [provides] an interesting context to develop my work and explore these wider issues.”

Commenting on a-n’s support for the Visual Artist Fellowship, a-n Executive Director Jeanie Scott said: “We have been delighted with the feedback Maurice has given on his experiences so far as the first a-n supported Clore Visual Artist Fellow.

“The environment for visual artists is increasingly challenging and artists need to be extremely robust and self-sufficient to survive and thrive.

“The Clore Visual Artist Fellowship can provide a strong helping hand, and is hugely beneficial for both the individual recipient and the wider artist community they are part of.”

The deadline for applications to the 2017/18 Clore Visual Artist Fellowship is: noon, Monday 13 February, 2017.

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