PANIC! Steering Group announced and first open call for bursaries.

‘PANIC! – Promoting an Artists’ Network in the Crisis’ today (February 22, 2021) announced its steering group and its first open call for bursaries of £1,000 and £5,000 for artists in the Leeds City Region.

The aim of PANIC! is to create an artists’ network in Leeds that will be led by artists, curators, organisations and individuals from across the Leeds City Region. The network will offer numerous benefits through platforming activities, sharing information, offering mentoring support and bursaries for practising artists.

PANIC! has been brought together by The Tetley in partnership with Professor Griselda Pollock, an art historian, with interests in feminist studies in the visual arts, critical studies of contemporary art, feminist cultural theory and social histories of art, alongside a steering group of three advisers and seven artists based in the region, who were selected through an open call.

As part of the open call, PANIC! is inviting artists from across the Leeds City Region to submit applications for £5,000 and £1,000 that can be used to support the making of new contemporary visual artwork in any art form. The bursaries will offer artists space to discuss, challenge and reflect some of the most pressing issues that we face in society.

PANIC! has also announced the names of the artists joining the steering group. The artists are Bijan Amini-Alavijeh, Claye Bowler, Kevin Chege, Charlotte Cullen, Lucy Cunningham, Ian Jackson and Sam Metz. Follow this link to find out more about the members of the steering group.

The members were selected by Bryony Bond, Director of The Tetley and Griselda Pollock, alongside the PANIC! advisory group; Kerry Harker, co-founder of The Tetley and East Leeds Project, and artists, Simeon Barclay and Nicola Singh.

The role of the steering group will be to direct bursary funds as well as developing a digital events programme with monthly public-facing activity. These activities will be an opportunity to curate talks, blogs, podcasts and more. Artists involved in the steering group will also benefit from individual mentoring and studio visits with external artists, curators and practitioners. To ensure that the artists are covered for the time that they invest, all members of the steering group will be paid £150 per monthly meeting (up to £1,950 each).

Georgia Taylor Aguilar, Artist Development Curator at The Tetley: “This is such a generous opportunity for the PANIC! Steering group to question, challenge and make provocations about how artists and networks are practising and on what terms. I’m really excited for bursaries, mentoring, research and learning to be shared with all artists who want to be involved in the PANIC! Network. This will be a kind and equitable platform – ultimately a useful resource for artists.”

Professor Griselda Pollock: “The response to our call out confirmed the range and wealth of amazing artists in our region. Choosing was difficult but we feel we have a remarkable and skilled team of thoughtful and committed artists to help steer this project, reach into many communities, and take forward our commitment to developing support structures for artists, sites of exchange, learning and mentoring and demonstrating our active commitment to inclusion and diversity. I know we are all looking forward to working with these artists and the artist advisers.”

If you would like more information about PANIC!, please contact the team via email: [email protected]

Feature photograph provided by Chapter81.

Dr Gemma Bridge

Gemma, is a freelance writer and independent researcher. She has been writing for over 10 years and loves to share what's going on in and around Leeds. She is also an international athlete, the Running Mayor of Leeds and the creator of Leeds Food Guide. You can find her on Instagram at @GLB_racewalk or @Leeds_FoodGuide, or on Twitter at @glbridge1 or @RunMayor_Leeds

Do you have a story to tell?
We want to hear your stories and help you share them.