Open Call for Co-contributors

Unprofessional Practice Programme for Early Career Practitioners June 2021-Dec 2021

Application Deadline: Midnight on the 28th of March 2021

In Session FKA GRADJOB is an ‘unprofessional’ contemporary art practice programme looking to recruit a new cohort of 8 Co-contributors. Our programme focuses on the needs of early-career practitioners working/practicing in Scotland as well as the new challenges they now face due to COVID-19. This opportunity is open to those working/practicing (paid/unpaid) in Scotland’s contemporary art sector and who have graduated from a Scottish University, Art or Design School or College within the last 3 years, or those without a degree who have a sustained emerging practice.  

Now in its third year, In Session provides creative practitioners with the support they need to sustain and develop their practice. This 7 month residency is dedicated to building knowledge about the conditions that impact practice as an early-career practitioner. The programme offers a space for you to develop tools that will help you to navigate existing structures in the Scottish contemporary art scene. 

Co-contributors will be invited to collaborate, taking part in 7 weekend gatherings in locations across Scotland and/or online. Sessions will consist of lectures, workshops and trips, as well as meals, mentoring and making. The focus of the programme is to reflect on existing problematic structures and imagine alternatives models for the future of the sector. 

Workshops and events will be programmed and commissioned by In Session in collaboration with EMBASSY Gallery (Edinburgh), Rhubaba Gallery and Studios (Edinburgh), Cooper Gallery, DJCAD (Dundee) and Transmission Gallery (Glasgow) and with support from Creative Scotland and SCAN. These will be designed and delivered by Contributing Artists, who will offer practical advice and encourage criticality.

During the programme, you will create peer-to-peer support networks that contribute to the development and sustainability of projects, careers and communities and explore new approaches to making, thinking and collective action. Sessions are not focused on making, they are designed to support you in developing an approach to practice, help you contextualise your practice and explore strategies to make practice more sustainable. 

This is a paid opportunity and all Co-contributors will receive a fee of £1120.00, paid in instalments. Travel and childcare bursaries available on request.

Programme runs monthly from June – December 2021

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