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Artists Development Programme Open Call: Studio Visits

Deadline: 7 November

BALTIC is pleased to launch its Artists Development Programme, offering support and professional development opportunities through studio visits, individual surgeries, workshops, courses and mentoring, for artists and curators based in the North East of England, at any stage of their artistic practice.

BALTIC’s Artists Development Programme aims to offer learning and developmental support for artists and curators to navigate their careers in our complex cultural landscape.

From December 2021 to March 2022 we will be offering Studio Visits/Individual Surgeries with BALTIC’s curators. There are six opportunities available for two one-hour meetings with one curator.

Extended Deadline: Sunday 7 November, 23.59

What is a Studio Visit/Individual Surgery?

The Studio Visit/Individual Surgery is a space for one-to-one dialogue between an artist and one of BALTIC’s curators, where the artist has the opportunity to share new work or works in progress, and engage in a conversation around their work or a particular project. Dictated by the artist, the meeting can progress in many ways. It could focus on specific areas of development such as, but not limited to, feedback on works in progress or recent works, portfolio advice, exhibition-making support, budget management and navigating institutions.

We use ‘studio’ as a loose term, recognising that not all artists have a studio. For this opportunity a physical studio space is not required, the sessions can/will take place over Zoom or in person in Newcastle/Gateshead.

What to expect from the Studio Visit?

Each selected artist will participate in two sessions of one-hour each with one of BALTIC’s curators between December 2021 and March 2022. Specific dates will be agreed between the curator and the selected artist.


Each artist will receive a £100 fee for the two one-hour sessions.

Who is eligible to apply?

Visual artists at all stages of their creative practice are eligible to apply. You don’t need to have a formal education in the arts. The applicant must be based in the North East of England.


We will be able to accommodate your access requirements for the meetings. You will be able to provide information on the application form.

Equal Opportunities Statement

View BALTIC's Equal Opportunities statement here.

Key Dates

  • Application deadline: Sunday 7 November, 23.59

  • All applicants notified: Monday 22 November 2021

  • Studio Visits will take place between December 2021 and March 2022.


To apply, please prepare the following and upload to Submittable:

  • A short statement outlining how you feel the Studio Visit/Individual would benefit your professional development (300 words)
  • Details on your artistic practice (300 words max)
  • Up to four images
  • Indicate your preference of which curator you would like to meet

More information about the curators you can meet:

  • Emma Dean joined BALTIC as Curator in 2012. Over the past nine years she has contributed to the conception and strategic direction of the artistic programme by curating numerous exhibitions which include mid-career surveys of Thomas Scheibitz, Caroline Achaintre, Huma Bhabha and Sutapa Biswas, and first UK institutional presentations by David Jablonowski, Jesse Wine, Jack Lavender, Jumana Emil Abboud, Sofia Stevi, Ifeoma U. Anyaeji and Joy Labinjo. Emma manages international partnerships, commissions work for public realm and digital contexts, edits and contributes to artists’ monographs and contributes to the curation and delivery of the public programme. Her curatorial interests centre on how colonialism, migration, war and displacement impact identity, memory and ideas of citizenship and belonging in contemporary art. She collaborates with artists who are engaging with these thematics, mainly within multidisciplinary or sculptural practices using found or non-conventional materials. As part of her role, Emma also leads on BALTIC’s Artists’ Residency Programme which supports research and professional development through residencies at BALTIC and partner institutions in the UK and internationally.

  • Katharine Welsh is Curator at BALTIC. She is interested in the social and political context of arts production and the civic responsibilities of arts institutions, collaborative models of production and foregrounding underrepresented narratives with a particular focus on class. She contributes to the conception and delivery of the arts programme including exhibitions and public programmes, curating projects and events in collaboration with others. Her work has ranged from co-curating Turner Prize 2011 to first UK solo shows such as Holly Hendry Wrot 2017. Recent projects include the public realm commission Jane and Louise Wilson Suspended Island 2019, Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective, toured from Van Abbemuseum 2019; Imran Peretta The Destructors 2020 with Spike Island, Chisenhale and The Whitworth, and the solo commission by Pakui Hardware Virtual Care 2021. Ongoing projects in collaboration with colleagues include BALTIC Family Days and the BALTIC podcast.

  • Niomi Fairweather will join BALTIC as Curator (Local) in November 2021. Her practice imagines alternative modes of commissioning and creates platforms and opportunities for emerging and early career artists in the region. Niomi has curatorial experience from large organisations and artist-run initiatives and synergises these insights to cultivate environments of experimentation, collaboration, enterprise, and ambition. Niomi uses innovative programming to foster links with local communities and nurture networks of dialogue amongst a plurality of voices and perspectives. She encourages reciprocal learning to design projects and exhibitions that engage with critical socio-political, economic, and cultural issues in a globalised context. This approach has evolved through experience working with community groups and grassroots organisations such as Artist Food Bank Network, Comfrey Project, ReCoCo, Pluto Press, and The Solidarity Economy Association.