Tetley’s Associate Artists Programme – Year 2

The first year of Tetley’s Associate Artists Programme has been declared a success, with four emerging artists completing their 12-month development programme.

The second call-out has been launched.  See below for how to apply.

The Tetley, formerly the home of Tetley’s Brewery, is now a contemporary art centre from which four more of the region’s artists will receive mentoring and development for the second year of the programme, with the support of Tetley’s.  The selection panel includes Simeon Barlcay, artist, together with Helen Pheby, Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Bryony Bond, Director of The Tetley.

Applicants will demonstrate a strong direction and will benefit from recognition and support from a public art gallery.  The programme includes a budget for each selected artist which can be spent on a variety of needs, including research trips, building networks and developing work.

Emii Alrai, Alice Chandler, Michaela Cullen and Harlan Whittingham have developed over the programme’s first year through bespoke mentoring and development sessions, and the connection doesn’t end there, because The Tetley will continue an ongoing relationship with all four.  Here is what Alice has to say about her experience:

“The programme has been really invaluable for me and my practice. I have mainly spent the year in the studio developing and researching a new ‘collection’, exploring my intertwining art and jewellery practices- something which I was keen to explore. Studio visits with artists and Bryony and Georgia at The Tetley were really insightful and beneficial, and the TAAP days with the group are always brilliant.”  

Al Cross, Brand Manager for Tetley’s Beer said:
“TAAP continues to build on Joshua Tetley’s own legacy as a Leeds’ entrepreneur and brewer by visually supporting emerging creative talent in Leeds and Yorkshire. Joshua Tetley set up the Tetley’s Brewery nearly 200 years ago, taking an enterprising approach, his emphasis then was to create, refine and produce a high- quality beer. TAAP brilliantly illustrates this ongoing dedication to both quality and innovation, jointly with Tetley’s Beer, supporting exciting new talent in Leeds today. Leeds is the home of Tetley’s so it’s with some excitement that we enter our second year with this inspired Leeds heartland initiative. Being part of this unique opportunity and supporting upcoming talent in the region is very important and we are of course eager to see what our four chosen artists will create during the project.”  

Bryony Bond, Artistic Director of The Tetley said:
“We’re delighted to be able to offer this opportunity again, thanks to the ongoing support of Tetley’s. The first year has really demonstrated the value and the need for this kind of development programme and we’re excited to be able to build on our experience and offer an incredibly valuable experience for emerging artists in the region.”

If you want to apply, you must email programme@thetetley.org with the subject line ‘TAAP Application’ by 9am on Monday 15th July (applications sent after this deadline will not be considered) and include the following:

  • A PDF containing:
    • A CV (no more than 2 sides of A4, including your full name, address, email, website if applicable and a telephone number).
    • A brief summary of why you think this is a good time for you to undertake a scheme like this and how you would want it to develop your practice and career (no more than one side of A4).
    • Up to 10 images of your work, or up to 5 minutes clip of video.
    • A completed equal opportunities survey, with confirmation of completion sent with application.
    • You will find out if you have been shortlisted for interview no later than Friday 26th July. Interviews with shortlisted artists will take place at The Tetley on Wednesday 31 July. The four TAAP artists will be informed by Friday 2nd August. After receiving more than one hundred applications last year, it is not possible to offer feedback on applications that are not shortlisted.
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Feature photograph by Stan Graham.

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