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Open Call: Bloc Projects Members Show 2018

We are very excited to invite applications from our Members to submit work to be considered for inclusion in the Bloc Projects Members Show which will open in July 2018.

The Bloc Projects Membership Scheme offers opportunities and support for artists regionally, nationally and internationally.

The Bloc Projects Members Show is a chance for members to show their work in our gallery space and to work with the team here to help develop their work through conversation and curatorial support.

 


 

This year we are also delighted to announce that curator Kim McAleese will be selecting the artists for inclusion in the show.

Kim McAleese is a curator based in Birmingham, UK. She is currently working as Programme Director of Grand Union, a gallery space and artists’ studios in the city, where she has worked with artists such as Prem Sahib, Laura Oldfield Ford, Emma Hart, Alice Theobald, and Susie Green. She is co-founder of Household, a collective of five curators who organise projects in Northern Ireland that encourage people to re-negotiate how they view and interact with art in city spaces.

Previously, she was co-director of Catalyst Arts from 2009–2011, a curatorial consultant at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in 2012 and Curator for 14-18NOW Northern Ireland. She is co-founder of domestic visual arts space, Satis House.

She has completed Curatorlab at Konstfack, a masters programme for professionals in Stockholm. Previous to this she was the first recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Career Enhancement Scheme for Curatorial Practice, and was one of the participants in the first European Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in 2013.

She is an Associate Lecturer at University of Birmingham and Director of Curatorial Curriculum, an alternative learning programme for emerging curators exploring different forms of curatorial practice. She sits on the board of Outburst Queer Arts Festival and New Art West Midlands (the CVAN network for the Midlands).

 


 

What we need:

  • Up to 3 images of works to be included in the exhibition.
  • A short text describing your practice and the works that you are submitting for selection (500 words max).
  • A CV (1 page of A4 max).
  • Completed ‘Equal Opportunities’ form. The form can be found by clicking here

 

Please note that Bloc Projects are not able to provide any funds to cover the production of new work so we encourage artists to submit pre existing work.

 

All applicants MUST be current Bloc Projects Members. For more information about our membership scheme and how to become a member please visit our membership page here

 


 

All applications should be sent to info@blocprojects.co.uk

Application deadline 31/05/18

 

Bloc Projects Bergen Exchange

Established in 2002, Bloc Projects is an artist-led project space in the centre of Sheffield, UK. We present and commission exhibitions, events, residencies, exchange projects and educational activity in our gallery, courtyard and offsite.

The organisation provides a platform for early-mid career artists, encouraging experimentation, collaboration across disciplines and critical dialogue among artists, audiences and partners in the city and further afield.

For more information on Bloc Project’s Programme and priorities please see the website.

 

 

In order to develop international links between artists and organisations we are offering Sheffield-based artists and curators the opportunity to embark on a week long exchange and development programme of talks, seminars, studio visits and workshops in Bergen, Norway.

The visit will foster collaborations with local arts organisations via seminars, open days and workshops held across the city.

The exchange is scheduled to take place between the 15th – 19th October 2018.

Following the exchange, the selected artists are invited to stage an event/exhibition relating to their time in Bergen. This may include works or contributions by artists and curators based in Bergen.

 

Bloc Projects will provide:

  • 5 days accommodation in Bergen
  • Return flights to Bergen
  • A structure for the week including workshops, seminars, studio visits and informal meetings
  • Support and budget for an event in the UK following the exchange

 

Please note: This opportunity is only available to artists and curators living and working in Sheffield, UK.

 

 

To apply for this opportunity, please send a CV, equal opportunities form and cover letter (approx. one side A4) explaining why this opportunity will be beneficial to your artistic or curatorial development.  Please include your address within your cover letter.

 

Please send applications to info@blocprojects.co.uk.

Deadline: 31/03/18

Equal Opportunities form here

 

 

This project is kindly supported by Arts Council England and Making Ways and forms part of Bloc Projects’ Artist Development Programme.

The Artist Development Programme is part of Making Ways, a programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

 

 

 

 

Vacancy – Public Programme Curator

Jan 2018 – Dec 2018

Part-time, 2 days per week for 12 months

Fee: £7,800/ annum, for a one year period.

Bloc Projects is an artist-led project space in the centre of Sheffield, UK, which presents exhibitions, events, residencies, exchange projects and educational activities. Established in 2002, the organisation provides a platform for early-mid career artists, encouraging experimentation, collaboration across disciplines and critical dialogue among artists, audiences and partners in the city and further afield.

Commencing in January 2018, Bloc Projects will be delivering our Artist Development Programme (ADP) to provide resources and opportunities to artists locally, nationally and internationally by focusing on a range of talks, discussions, one-on-one sessions and an international artistic exchange.

We are therefore looking for a Public Programme Curator to carry out the delivery of the main components of the Artist Development Programme.

The post-holder will work with the Bloc Projects Director and Board of Directors to deliver the following:

Curate, select and deliver a monthly programme of engaging public discussions and talks.

The Curator of Public Programme will be responsible for putting together a monthly talks and discussions programme that is both engaging, and inclusive. The aim is to develop critical thinking around contemporary art by inviting speakers from various backgrounds, who are specialists in their field. The programme will be loosely focused on issues concerning early to mid career artists/makers and will aim to address issues on a regional, national and international scale.

 

Coordinate bi-monthly portfolio review programme for artists and makers based in Sheffield.

One of our aims at Bloc Projects is to provide support and guidance for early to mid career artists/makers, and a large part of this is offering one-to-one sessions with experienced individuals across the arts. The successful applicant will be responsible for selecting the individuals to lead the portfolio reviews; managing the applications from artists/maker within the city and ensuring a breadth of skills are catered for.

 

Work closely with the Director and board to develop a legacy strategy for the continuation of the public programme.

The role of Curator of Public Programme forms a key part of our Artist Development Programme (ADP), which will act as a pilot for a longer standing programme of developmental opportunities for artists/makers regionally, nationally and internationally. The successful applicant will therefore be expected to work closely with the Bloc Projects Director and Board of Directors to develop a secure strategy for the future of the Artists Development Programme.

To apply for the position, please send CV, equal opportunities form and covering letter to info@blocprojects.co.uk

Deadline: 22 November, noon

Interviews: Week beginning Monday 4th December

Full job description here

Equal Opportunities form here

 

Terms & conditions:

The post holder will be registered as self-employed and responsible for their own tax and national insurance.

Hours: It is expected that the post-holder will initially work 2 days/ week, the pattern of which will be subject to varying demand and delivery of the programme.

The Artist Development Programme forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

Archive researcher and recorder of oral histories

Bloc Projects is delighted to announce that it has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project which explores, maps and celebrates the heritage of the area around Bloc Projects.

The Heritage project has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to work on putting together a project that brings together occupants of the Arundel Street Lower Porter area of Sheffield city centre, school and university students and the general public in exploring, recording, mapping and sharing the area’s architectural, industrial, cultural and community heritage.

As part of this project we are offering two exciting opportunities, both of which involve engaging with different communities in response to the area surrounding Bloc Projects.

Fee £500 – 4 days

Hospitality for oral history meetings and interviews budget – £100

 

For the role of Archive researcher and recorder of oral histories the successful candidate will research the heritage of the area surrounding Bloc Projects, collating images, records, maps, company branding and ephemera from Sheffield Archives and Sheffield Local Studies Library to be used within the making of the map, film and exhibition.

The research will also focus on the collections of local people relating to the development of area, from music event posters and flyers from the past 30 years to catalogues of products fabricated here and photographs of the makers and industries in action.

Liaising with the project-co-ordinator, the researcher will also record oral histories through film and audio recordings to be subsequently transcribed. These recordings will be collated by the film-maker and student team to form part of the film and online guide.

The researcher will report to the project co-ordinator and handover collated material according to agreed project timelines.

You will have a good understanding of filtering, collating and reporting relevant data and good interpersonal skills to enable you to record personal testimonies.

The project is scheduled to open in early September 2017, therefore any work on this project will need to be carried out by the end of August 2017.

HOW TO APPLY

 

To apply, please send CV, equal opportunities form and covering letter to info@blocprojects.co.uk

Equal opportunities form can be found here

Deadline: Friday 16th June

Please note: This role is being advertised as a freelance role, therefore the successful applicant will be responsible for their own tax and National Insurance.

Photography workshop leader

Bloc Projects is delighted to announce that it has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project which explores, maps and celebrates the heritage of the area around Bloc Projects.

The Heritage project has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to work on putting together a project that brings together occupants of the Arundel Street Lower Porter area of Sheffield city centre, school and university students and the general public in exploring, recording, mapping and sharing the area’s architectural, industrial, cultural and community heritage.

As part of this project we are offering two exciting opportunities, both of which involve engaging with different communities in response to the area surrounding Bloc Projects.

Fee £250 – 1 day

Equipment and printing materials budget – £400

 

The workshop leader will plan and deliver a one-day workshop in practical and creative photography skills including identifying engaging subject matter, framing, exposure and post production techniques to ensure the group of young people have the skills to confidently select and represent elements of the varied heritage of the area so that their photographic work can form part of the final exhibition for this heritage project.

The successful applicant will be skilled at communicating how to use a digital camera, able to demonstrate photography techniques and able to creatively engage young people in projects where photography enhances education.

We are looking for candidates with:

  • An excellent track record of providing similar workshops
  • Experience working within the industry.
  • A minimum of three years experience working with young people
  • A full DBS check

The project is scheduled to open in early September 2017, therefore any work on this project will need to be carried out by the end of August 2017.

HOW TO APPLY

 

To apply, please send CV, equal opportunities form and covering letter to info@blocprojects.co.uk

Equal opportunities form can be found here

Deadline: Friday 16th June

Please note: This role is being advertised as a freelance role, therefore the successful applicant will be responsible for their own tax and National Insurance.

Volunteer at Bloc Projects

 

Bloc Projects are looking for volunteers who are interested in developing their experience of working within a contemporary art gallery and project space.

 

Volunteers will receive individual mentoring in many areas ranging from arts administration, technical setup, installation, front of house responsibilities and marketing and communications, all of which are key skills to learn when working within a contemporary arts organisation.

 

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to meet and work with artists and the team at Bloc Projects during installation periods, work with the gallery Director on exhibition planning and provide important information to the public during exhibitions.

 

“I had a lovely time working with Bloc for my placement. Lots of very friendly and interesting people involved with the space, and through my work I’ve been able to gain insight into the workings of Sheffield’s contemporary art scene and beyond.”

Sam, volunteer at Bloc Projects

 

Voluntary positions require one day a week support during gallery opening hours (Wednesday – Saturday, 12am – 6pm).

 

Applicants will preferably be based in the Sheffield area.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

To apply, please send CV, equal opportunities form and covering letter to info@blocprojects.co.uk

Equal opportunities form can be found here

Vacancy – Director, Bloc Projects

Director, Bloc Projects
Freelance Fee: £14,040/ annum, for a two year period.

Hours: It is expected that the post-holder will initially work 2.5 – 3 days/ week, variably depending on programme, according to an agreed workplan to deliver key projects. It is expected that further project funding will supplement both time and fee.

Bloc Projects is an artist-led project space in the centre of Sheffield, UK, which presents exhibitions, events, residencies, exchange projects and educational activities. Established in 2002, the organisation provides a platform for early-mid career artists, encouraging experimentation, collaboration across disciplines and critical dialogue among artists, audiences and partners in the city and further afield.

Following an Arts Council England supported redevelopment of the gallery, and a successful pilot exchange and mentoring project, we are transitioning to a more resilient and sustainable business model through capacity development which takes place alongside, and feeds into, an ambitious international talent development and exchange project for early career artists and curators.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and strategic individual to take Bloc Projects forward, building future resilience whilst developing Bloc Projects’ long established programme and profile as a hub for artists’ talent development. You will have a proven ability to build and maintain strong partnerships, to curate and project manage art events and to deliver a dynamic programme of activity supporting artists’ talent development and the sustainability of the organisation. The ability to identify opportunities for development and revenue creation as well as experience of funding applications and fundraising is essential.

Positive, well organized and self-motivated you will be ready to lead the organisation into a new phase of ambitious activity.

To apply for the position, please send CV, equal opportunities form and covering letter to board@blocprojects.co.uk

Deadline: 3 March, noon

Interviews: 17 March

Job Description here

Equal Opportunities form here

 

 

 

 

 

Open Call for Billboard Works

Bloc Projects is pleased to invite proposals for works to be presented on our new Eyre Lane billboard. Positioned close to the Bloc Projects gallery space in the centre of Sheffield, UK, the billboards have shown work by a range of early-mid career artists since 2004. The Eyre Lane board is adjacent to the gallery entrance.

Proposals must be for two dimensional works, and may include examples of the proposed image or a description of a new work you intend to produce.

Applications are welcome from visual artists working in any discipline, including those who may not usually work in two dimensions. Applicants must be current or new members of Bloc Projects – find out more about the full range of member benefits and how to join here.

Successful applicants will be paid a fee of £150, and the selected works will be on display for one month in 2016. Bloc Projects will cover all printing costs.

To apply please send a PDF to info [at] blocprojects.co.uk with the subject line Billboard Proposal by midnight, 8 February 2016 containing:

 

– Proposal (maximum 500 words + may include images)

– CV

– Up to 5 images

– Your website and contact details

The billboard measures 143 x 194 cm landcape; print specifications will be provided to the successful applicants.

Please note: We can not accept proposals for three dimensional works or proposals sent by post.

Image: Joanne Masding, Sidled, 2015.

Freelance Gallery Co-ordinator

An exciting opportunity to join our team – more information here.

MSB2015 Open Call

MSB 2015 is a three part residency exchange for members of Bloc Projects, Castlefield Associates and Eastside Projects Extra Special People.

|| Leg 1:  Manchester, 25th & 26th June ||

The first leg, hosted by CG Associates and Islington Mill Art Academy at Islington Mill, Salford, will comprise two days of loosely structured activity. During this time participants will make new work in the large spaces available, a process which we hope will spark discussion and the development of new ideas. The two-day exchange will kick off with introductions both within the group and with visitors from some of Manchester’s artist-led groups and organisations. On the second day invited curators will offer critical feedback on the work in progress and the two days will finish with a public Open Studio.

|| Leg  2: Sheffield, Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th July ||

The Sheffield session, hosted by Bloc Projects at their space in Sheffield, will follow a similar format, with participants working together in a shared space over two days, with visits from invited artists, curators and practitioners punctuating activity and an informal Open Studio inviting a broader audience to view the work and meet the participants.

|| Leg 3: Birmingham, Monday 3 to Friday 7 August ||

The Birmingham session, hosted by ESP at Stryx, Digbeth, will take place over five days offering participants a more sustained opportunity to consolidate some of their making, thinking and collaborating. Curators and practitioners from across the West Midlands will be invited to join the conversation and offer critical feedback on the work and plenty of opportunities for socializing with other ESP and Stryx members will be made available. This final leg will conclude with a celebration of the project where work will be presented at an Open Studio event at Digbeth First Friday.

|| Public Events ||

An informal public Open Studio event will mark the culmination of each mini-residency and provide an opportunity for reflection and public feedback.

After the project has finished we will invite participants to join a public conversation at the gallery space which they are affiliated with to reflect on the project and the artistic scenes in each of the three cities.

|| On Offer ||

– Shared work spaces in all three cities

– Accommodation in Manchester and Birmingham

– Travel costs to and from Manchester and Birmingham

 

|| Key Dates ||

  • Monday 25th May: Deadline for applications
  • Monday 1st June: Successful applicants informed
  • 25th & 26th June: Manchester leg
  • Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th July: Sheffield leg
  • Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August: Birmingham leg
  • Autumn (dates TBC): Public events in Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield

|| Eligibility ||

This opportunity is open to members of CG Associates; Extra Special People (ESP); and Bloc Projects. 5 members of ESP and 4 from CG Associates and Bloc Projects will be selected along with 2 participants from Stryx. Join Bloc Projects here.

*Please note: we are no longer asking applicants to commit to attending all three legs of the exchange, please let us know if you can only committ to one or two legs*

|| How to Apply ||

Application is by email only.  Current or prospective Bloc Projects members please send the following material to info@blocprojects.co.uk and write ‘MSB2015 Aplication’ in the email subject line. Email attachments must be no larger than 5MB.
1. A single pdf that includes all of the following:

a. Your name, contact details and website address (if you have one).

b. A proposal which outlines the following (500 words max)

*Why you want to participate in the MSB2015 Exchange

*Why you think working with others in this context will be beneficial to your practice at this time.

c. An artist statement (200 words max)

d. An up-to-date CV

2.  Evidence of your current and recent practice in the form of one of the  following:

• A maximum of 10 images submitted via email.

• A direct link to a showreel of film and video work (maximum duration 5  minutes) uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.

•  A direct link to audio work (maximum duration 5 minutes) uploaded to Soundcloud.

Matt Roberts Arts: Open Forum 2015/16

Saturday 18 April 2015 at Bloc Projects

As part of a national series of events, Matt Roberts Arts is offering 8 one-to-one sessions with Paul Stone, Creative Director of Vane Gallery on developing a commercial practice, and 8 one-to-one sessions with Matt Roberts, on funding your practice. All sessions are free, and last 45 minutes. To book please email openforum2015@mattroberts.org.uk. Places are offered on a first come first served basis.

Paul Stone trained as an artist and has a BA (Hons) and MA in Fine Art from Newcastle’s Northumbria University. He has exhibited in more than forty exhibitions in the UK and abroad since 1990. He has co-steered Vane in Newcastle from its foundation in 1997, as an artist-led group presenting a variety of different projects, usually in temporary venues, to its current format as a company with a permanent gallery base presenting a year-round exhibition programme of international contemporary art.

Matt Roberts is a curator and art consultant with over 10 year’s experience of artist’s professional development support and exhibition management. He has worked in India, Israel, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, as well as lecturing at various universities and institutions across the UK. Having founded both the Matt Roberts Arts project space and the Salon Art Prize, he has mentored or offered one-to-one support to over 500 artists, and contributes critical writing to a-n, Axis, and Guardian Cultural professionals on a regular basis.

Image: Matthew Smith, Erratic Landscapes at Vane Gallery, 2014.

Open Call – Members’ Assembly Exhibition

We are pleased to invite applications for Members’ Assembly. A panel of Bloc Projects’ managers and directors, all practicing artists, will select from our membership for a group exhibition in 2015, dates tbc.

New members are invited to contact us at info [at] blocprojects.co.uk with a link to their website or PDF portfolio, up to date CV and contact details. Current members may contact us with any updated details if different from when they joined.

Deadline: Midnight 12 April 2015.

Selections will be based on existing works. A bursary of £150 will be paid to each selected artist towards fee and transport costs.

The Bloc Assemblies are short projects in which the gallery acts as a platform for experimentation. Developing each year since 2006, the Bloc Assembly has been host to group and solo presentations, performances, themed projects, open submission shows, auctions, interactive installations and more.

Open Call for Billboard Works

Bloc Projects is pleased to invite proposals for works to be presented on our new Eyre Lane billboard. Positioned close to the Bloc Projects gallery space in the centre of Sheffield, UK, the billboards have shown work by a range of early-mid career artists since 2004.

Proposals must be for two dimensional works, and may include examples of the proposed image or a description of a new work you intend to produce.

Applications are welcome from visual artists working in any discipline, including those who may not usually work in two dimensions. Applicants must be current or new members of Bloc Projects – find out more about the full range of member benefits and how to join here.

Successful applicants will be paid a fee of £150, and the selected works will be on display for one month in2016. Bloc Projects will cover all material and printing costs.

To apply please send a single PDF to info [at] blocprojects.co.uk with the subject line Billboard Proposal by midnight, 29 March 2015 containing:

 

– Proposal (maximum 500 words + may include images)

– CV

– Up to 5 additional images

– Your website and contact details

Full measurements and print specifications will be provided to the successful applicants.

Please note: We can not accept proposals for three dimensional works or proposals sent by post.