Bursary Announcements

Following a strong response to the call for Critical Bursary applications from the Critical Dialogue working group in November last year, over 16 applications were received from across the North East region.

All applications were scored by a cross regional visual arts panel down to six applications and then shortlisted further to a final three submissions with the support of an external assessor Rosalind Furness, Publications Editor of the Serpentine Gallery, London and former Frieze Yearbook editor. This process ensured that the full scope of the submissions were fully examined and discussed and ensured TPNE adopted a fair and thorough process. The three successful recipients were:

PACE – This is an artist-led project, involving a group of eight artists based in the North East region.The eight artists that constitute the group are, Sarah Bray, Alex Charrington, Rachael Clewlow, Peter J. Evans, James Hugonin, Nick Kennedy, Anne Vibeke Mou and Richard Rigg. The work of these artists is characterized by a particular rigour, resolve and pace, with its foundations in a systematic or ritualistic approach to making.The aim of this project is to examine the developing relationship between this group of artists and establish a forum for critical dialogue within the group. This will take place through collaboration with selected writers and curators and is expected to culminate in written text, blogs and the presentation of a future group exhibition.

Spectrum Almanac - Spectrum is a recently formed group of emerging artists that live and practice within Newcastle upon Tyne. The collective consists of four recent graduates: Adam Hogarth, Sebastian Trend, Thomas Whittle and Mike Pratt. The group is based at the New Bridge Space and Pop-Up studios, a recently formed artist studio and gallery in the hub of Newcastle city centre. The group are looking to engage critics and writers in discussions and critiques that will result in critical writing and online blogs about the work of the artists involved.

3 Degrees of Separation - The programme consists of three discussion events each one with a different focus, drawn from links the artists have identified in their own work. A different curator/writer will be invited to participate and respond to the work and conversations in each event, culminating in three new commissioned texts.

The selection of artists is based on the principle of degrees of separation. Rather than pre-determining a group of artists, this simple idea will be used as a way of initiating dialogues with artists outside existing networks and peers, as a way of broadening critical debate and establishing new connections between artists across the region.

Over the next two months the blog and website addresses associated with these three projects will be put up on the Turning Point North East website.


Alessandro Vincentelli

Chair critical dialogue group reports back......

In late November the Turning Point Critical dialogue group assembled a day seminar that looked at critical writing, commissioning writers and the experiences of both print and on-line initiatives, publications and journals. The intention was to inform thinking regarding the outlined plans of the north east critical dialogue group and its allocation of funds for this area of work in the coming year.

The invitations to speakers reflected the interests and suggestions from members of the group. The day was made up of short presentations and conversations from Sarah Lowndes, Rosemary Shirley (A-N Air), Coline Milliard (Catalogue Magazine), Martin Herbert (Writer and Critic) and Lucy Gibson (Axis).

A valuable opportunity for exchange and conversation, the day generated a good deal of discussion and reflection. Participants were able to look at the benefits of different structures and models, and importantly it was also a chance to take from the strengths of what exists here already within the North East.

Posted here is a a link to an update from artist, Karen Davies who observed the day and wrote up some notes in her own blog.

"Here's the link to where I blogged about the Critical Dialogues seminar so people can access it easily." http://karendavies.wordpress.com/tag/turning-point/

Summary CVs of the contributors & website links.

Sarah Lowndes

Dr Sarah Lowndes is a lecturer, curator and writer based in Glasgow. Lowndes lectures in the Historical and Critical Studies Department at Glasgow School of Art, where her research focuses on artist-led projects, interdisciplinary and performance-related practice and contemporary art. Her PhD analyzed concrete performance art in Southern California in the 1960’s and ‘70s, and she has contributed to Frieze, The Frieze Yearbook, Artforum, Art on Paper, Untitled, Circa, MAP, 2HB publications for CCA Glasgow, Spike Art Quarterlyand Afterall and to catalogues for international institutions.

Sarah has recently had her original publication Social Sculpture:  the rise of the Glasgow Art Scene (first published in 2003, now out of print) re-published by the Luath Press. (www.luath.co.uk).

Coline Milliard

Coline Milliard is an art writer based in London. She is UK Editor for Modern Painters and ARTINFO, London correspondent for art press, and a regular contributor to Art Monthly. She is also founding co-editor ofCatalogue, the first contemporary art magazine designed to act as a platform for interaction between the English and French-speaking art worlds (Read online: www.cataloguemagazine.com). The 5th edition of Catalogue has just been issued. 

Coline has written for MAP, Artnet Magazine, Contemporary, Flash Art InternationalUntitled, Metropolis M,Frieze.com, Afterall Online, Numéro, Art Review and Art in America. She co-curated Zineb Sedira's first retrospective at the mac, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Marseille (November 2010-March 2011

Lucy Gibson

Lucy Gibson is an artist-curator based in West Yorkshire. She has worked for several years on projects which bring site and context responsive art works into the daily life of the city. Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2000 she has developed a number of innovative independent projects. She has lectured in collaborative strategies and professional practice at Leeds College of Art and Design. She is currently Dialogue Editor at Axis (www.axisweb.org)  developing interaction and participation with the website and commissioning new content for the webzine, whilst also continuing her freelance artistic and curatorial work.

Martin Herbert

Martin Herbert is a writer and critic based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He writes regularly on contemporary art for magazines including Artforum, frieze and Art Monthly, on books for the Daily Telegraph, and is associate editor at ArtReview.  He has written catalogue essays for institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Britain, and the Serpentine and Hayward Galleries, and on artists ranging from Rebecca Warren, Paola Pivi and Darren Almond to Barnaby Furnas. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College, and European editor of Modern Painters. His monograph on Mark Wallinger will be published by Thames & Hudson in 2011. 

Rosemary Shirley

Rosemary Shirley is the online editor of Interface - a-n magazine's platform for new critical writing about art. She studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and MA Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths. She writes
regularly for a-n Magazine and has had work published in Contemporary, Circa and international publications such as Belgium based Context K. She teaches on the MA in Arts Management and Policy at Birkbeck, BA Art History at Goldsmiths and delivers lectures at universities around the UK. She is currently undertaking research at the University of Sussex for a Phd, looking at the non-metropolitan everyday and visual culture. 

Short list of websites that came up in the day: 

Catalogue Magazine set up by  Coline Milliard & Florence Ostende



Axis Web




A-N magazine and Interface



GI Festival


Urlibido and Le Drapeau Noir



Slash seconds: Peter Lewis and Graham Hibbert / Leeds Metroplitan University



Los Angeles 

East of Borneo – Tom Lawson  – ex LA art school  LA art scene/fiction



Art & Research Glasgow School of Art  GSA



Art Feast – North West and VAIL’s initiative




Turning Point North East has announced a series of bursary opportunities to support the region's ecology of critical dialogue...

Felix Hess, It's in the Air, AV Festival 10 at Hatton Gallery: Great North Museum, 2010 | Photo: Peter Merrington


Turning Point North East is offering three bursaries of up to £3,000 to support the development of critical dialogue in the North East.

Turning Point North East is a consortium of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations in the North East Region dedicated to working together to find new ways to strengthen the visual arts, and to support the arts more broadly.

This pilot bursary programme has been developed by Turning Point North East as a way of stimulating a rich ecology of critical dialogue and discursive practice, and exploring its value to artists and audiences in the region.

We invite proposals from visual artists and artistic initiatives, for programmes of work that will help connect people, foster critical dialogue and generate new writing through various types of media.

For more information about this opportunity, and for details of how to submit your application, download our information pack. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Deadline // Monday 15th November 2010

Please help us to let people across the North East know about this opportunitiy by sending this PDF version of the advertisement to your networks...

Turning Point North East is looking for a freelance consultant to help us strengthen the region's commissioning ecology...

A certain distance, endless light: a project by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and William McKeown, mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and AV Festival 10 | Photo: Louise Hepworth


Turning Point North East is planning a series of workshops that will explore opportunities for commissioning and cross collaboration in the visual arts sector, across the North East. To help us document and learn from this programme, we looking to recruit an experienced consultant for 12 days work, for a fee of £3,000 inc. VAT.

Turning Point North East is a consortium of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations in the North East region dedicated to working together to find new ways to strengthen the visual arts and to support the arts more broadly.

This pilot scheme will generate regional workshops which bring together individuals and organisations to discuss and consider proposals for enhanced knowledge sharing, potential commissioning collaborations and sharing of resources. The Freelance Consultant will collate recommendations for practice in the future via a final report.

For more information about this opportunity, and for details of how to submit your application, download our information pack. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Deadline for applications // Wednesday 27th October 2010.

The selected applicant must be able to commence work by 15th November 2010 and the contract will run to March 2011.

Please help us to let people across the North East know about this opportunitiy by sending this PDF version of the advertisement to your networks...