Promoting an Artists’ Network in The Crisis (PANIC!)

The Tetley has partnered with Griselda Pollock to help support Leeds’ arts scene with £50,000, launching PANIC!

The money will enable some emerging local artists to continue to produce works in spite of the economic impact of COVID-19. It’s perfect timing during these uncertain and exceptional times and emphasises The Tetley’s belief in the imperative of art.

Students who graduate and choose to stay in Leeds need ongoing mentoring and advice, which is a part of PANIC alongside the distribution of grants and bursaries under the title ‘In our times…..’ for those artists who “explore the conditions, experiences, pressures and possibilities of enforced digital sociability, and related phenomenological, psychological, social and cultural transformations that have happened in our lives due to the crisis of the pandemic”.

Griselda Pollock:  “I am thrilled to be partnering with the Tetley in order to foster a  new artists’ network that will be able to offer real support to the creativity of the emerging artists living in Leeds and the region. Artists contribute so much to the life and meaning of our society but are now facing dire economic futures. Inviting them to reflect on, and reflect back to us,  ‘Our times…..’ with all its challenges will generate new insights and understanding of what it is to be a thinking and caring society in this moment of psycho-social crisis and economic precarity.” 

Brony Bond, Director The Tetley: “We are delighted to be working with Griselda Pollock in establishing this network to support emerging artists in the Leeds region. Griselda’s support for artists is extremely timely and necessary, as artists struggle for survival in the immediate term, we are also starting to see the long-term impact this crisis is having in further increasing inequalities in society. We know that this will mean that many emerging artists will be questioning their choices as they face an uncertain future. I hope this project will come as a lifeline for those artists and enable them not only to thrive, but to creatively engage in the issues we collectively face and contribute to the new thinking, the new ways of working and the new art we will need to face the crisis and its aftermath.” 


…for six artists to coordinate PANIC’s network. They will be paid £150 per monthly meeting (up to £1,950 each) and will have the opportunity to curate talks, blogs, podcasts and more. Alongside a part-time administrative assistant, the coordinating committee will advertise, assess and distribute six bursaries and other smaller grants to artists, by application, three times per year.

Click here to find out more and to apply to be one of the six PANIC artist leaders

The deadline for expressions of interest is 10am Friday 13 November 2020 and artists will be informed of the final selection by 20th November 2020.

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