Northern Film & Media (NFM) have announced six new research and development opportunities for North East, North West and West Midlands-based artists who predominantly work with moving image, digital or screen-based formats.

Connect/Exchange is a partnership with three visual arts organisations that place an important emphasis on the artist-led – The NewBridgeProject in Newcastle, Metal in Liverpool and A3 Project Space in Birmingham. Ambitious proposals for new or early stage work are invited, particularly from artists who can demonstrate how they will benefit from the skills, experience or networks of their chosen host organisation.

The residencies will take place between 2–23 February 2014 and each of the selected artists will receive accommodation, travel, an artist’s fee of £1200 and a materials budget of £500. On top of this, NFM have partnered with LUX to provide a day-long professional advice session. a-n is supporting Connect/Exchange as a partner because the project will provide important research and development time for artists.

Region to region exchanges

NFM hope that this pilot project will prove to be a model that can be extended to support a greater number of artists in the future. The project’s remit is to create networking, skills and knowledge exchange at a region to region level, with the participating artists being integrated into their host city’s art community and in turn sharing their experiences with their peers when they return home.

“New, exciting artistic work needs time and space to evolve and mature,” says John Tulip, Managing Director of Northern Film & Media. “Connect/Exchange will provide artists with support and facilities to develop new ideas and projects, whilst developing their contacts and networks – essential for the development of their practice.”

Newcastle will be the central hub for all the exchanges, with an additional exchange with Edinburgh in the pipeline, pending funding.

The deadline for submission is 6 December. View further details of how to apply on