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Four North East-based cultural organisations have come together to create The North East Artists’ Fund to help support the region’s artists. Thanks to contributions from The NewBridge Project, Sunderland Culture, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, creative practitioners can apply for ‘micro-bursaries’ up to £500 for personal and professional development.

These bursaries have been designed to target the gap between unfunded and grant-funded activity, supporting those artists with practical and everyday costs who can’t or don’t apply to Arts Council England’s Project Grants, or whose activity doesn’t meet its minimum threshold of £1,000. It aims to act as a catalyst for artists’ wider careers by enabling activity that unlocks larger projects, as well as giving successful applicants the confidence to go on to apply for more significant grants in the future. 

The North East Artists’ Fund opened on 5th October. It’s quick and easy to apply for and will be managed by North East CVAN (Contemporary Visual Arts Network), an advocacy and development organisation for the visual arts sector and part of the nationwide CVAN network. The fund will have two rounds, opening in October and January and awards will be made by an independent panel, with a year-round allocation retained for the smallest grants (up to £100).

Sarah Munro (Director, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art) adds, “This is a much-needed intervention for individuals, who have consistently lost out during the pandemic. Though the awards are small, it’s easy to underestimate the value of this kind of assistance, which can spell the difference between making work or not — or for some, even feeling able to continue with their artistic practice at all.” 

To apply for The North East Artists’ Fund head to

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