Artist Takeovers Summer 2024

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We've invited two Manchester-based artist collectives – Jennifer Jackson, Rosie Elnile and Craig McCorquodale, and 54: Manchester – to take over the Warehouse space this Summer.

Think Big!

Aviva Studios’ vast spaces have been designed to provoke artists to do things differently, explore what’s possible and offer a backdrop to create some of the most ambitious work in the world.

In September 2024, we will hand over the keys to our South Warehouse space to artists with a creative team or collectives of artists who want to experiment, play and explore working at an epic scale that is not possible elsewhere. We’re looking for a cohort of artists from a range of interdisciplinary backgrounds to exchange ideas, experiment, interrogate, play and think big!

We'll support artists from any discipline from the North of England with a minimum of five years of professional practice to experiment in our space for four days (4 – 8 September). We will support the development of your ideas in the weeks leading up to the takeover with our specialist team of producers, engagement and technical staff, offering a budget of £10,000 to support your development time, R&D and production costs. You can apply as an individual with a creative team or as a collective of artists. There’s no pressure to create a public outcome. Instead, the priority is to develop your skills and create space to play and imagine.

Applications for Artist Takeovers are now closed.

How we'll support

  • We will provide a dedicated Production Manager and help support you in the run up to the takeover to help realise your ideas…
  • We will offer a budget of up to £10,000 to produce your idea – this will likely cover artist fees and production costs. You will be offered support by the Factory International team to budget your project.
  • We will provide access to the South Warehouse with a production team for the agreed period of time.
  • We will provide critical feedback and advice from our Curatorial, Producing, Digital and Technical teams.
  • We will provide networking opportunities internally and externally.
  • We will co-ordinate a public sharing or targeted industry event if appropriate/desirable.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

  • We are looking for artists who plan to work with co-creators or as part of a collective/creative team, from any artform or interdisciplinary from the North of England.
  • Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
  • You need to be able to demonstrate at least five years of professional creative experience.
  • You need to be able to demonstrate that you and the artists you are working with are interested, or at a position in your career, to make work at large scale. The space will be the South Warehouse at Aviva Studios.
  • There is no limit to the number of artists who can apply as a collective in one application, but the budget will be £10,000 in total. This can be spent on artist fees, equipment hire, materials etc. An amount of in-kind Producer/Technical/Engagement/Digital support can be accessed from the Factory International team.
  • You should have availability from May 2024 to develop your ideas ready for experimentation in the space in Sept 2024.
  • You’ll need to be available for meetings with Producing, Artist Development and the wider Factory International team. You must have enough free time in the proceeding weeks to be able to fully plan and prepare for the takeover, to make the most of this opportunity.
  • You will need to outline your idea and evidence how this opportunity will impact your development.
  • You will need to outline how you’ll spend the £10,000 including artists fees, dramaturgs, rehearsal spaces etc.
  • You will need to take part in our monitoring, evaluation and documentation processes. We will also help you create assets for the work you have developed.
  • Video applications are also welcome.
  • Access costs and support can be provided.
  • We particularly welcome applications from artists who are underrepresented in the sector including artists who identify with disabilities, artists from the global majority and female artists.
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