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Foundation Club Open Call

Deadline: Sunday 7 November 2021

BALTIC is pleased to announce the launch of our Foundation Club, supporting the creative careers of young people from the North East of England.

About Foundation Club

Foundation Club has been designed to support young people from the North East aged 16-24 to access, engage with, learn from and be mentored by creative and cultural professionals in order to progress their artistic talent and realise their creative potential.

Foundation Club will focus on recruiting talented young people who show outstanding potential and who might feel unable to access, or ‘locked out of’ guidance and networking experiences and opportunities.

In 2021/22, Foundation Club will enable one young person the time and space to research new ideas, make new work, develop new networks, create meaningful exchanges and interact with and find their place within the North East artistic community.

BALTIC’s ambition is to develop this model so that we can support up to four young people aged 16-24 each year by 2023. This is how we will grow our Foundation Club.

How it works

Foundation Club has four parts:

  • Residency – access to a studio space at BALTIC for one month to enable one young artist to develop their artistic/creative practice.
  • Mentoring – with tailored mentoring support from BALTIC staff and professional artists.
  • Art Commission – during their month-long residency, the young artist is invited to develop a proposal for BALTIC’s Lightbox, situated in the main entrance of BALTIC on the Ground Floor. This work will be produced and displayed summer 2022.
  • Collective – graduates of the Foundation Club programme will become members Foundation Club Collective, a group of young artists who will have ongoing professional and artistic support from BALTIC.
  • Fees – the young artist will be awarded a £1,000 fee and a £500 bursary for travel, subsistence and materials during the month-long residency. A further £500 artist's fee will be available for the Lightbox Commission.

Who can apply?

Applicants should:
- Be aged 16-24 at the time of applying
- Be interested in a career as an artist, producer or curator
- Have a permanent residence in the North East
- Not be enrolled in a school, college or university course during the academic year 2021/22

We particularly welcome applications from young people living in Gateshead. We are also committed to providing opportunities for young people from black and ethnic minority and low-income backgrounds and those with disabilities, who are under-represented in the arts.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 7 November 2021, 23.59

Submission process

Applicants should provide a written statement of no more than 250 words explaining why this opportunity is of interest and the difference that you think it could make to you and your career. Alternatively, the statement can be sent in an audio/visual format but must not last more than two minutes. Your application can also include up to six images of your own work.

You can upload to Submittable here.

You can also send your application by post, please do not send original images or artwork, applications will not be returned:

BALTIC Foundation Club
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays
South Shore Road
Gateshead NE8 3BA

Further to BALTIC's Equal Opportunities Statement here, your personal details from the Submittable form and your responses to the Equality Monitoring Questionnaire will not be seen by the shortlisting panel. This means we can make the selection based only on how the opportunity will benefit your creative practice. In addition, we would ask that in your short statement, you do not include any personal information which identifies any personal characteristic, for example your title, name, e-mail address, home address, nationality details, immigration status, dates of examinations.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to come to BALTIC to find out more about the opportunity and to take part in an informal creative activity on 11 November 2021.


  • 7 November 2021 – deadline for submissions
  • 9 November 2021 – shortlisted candidates will be notified
  • 11 November 2021– shortlisted candidates attend BALTIC for informal creative activity
  • 18 November 2021 – successful candidate will be notified
  • 17 January 2022 – month-long residency at BALTIC begins
  • 18 February 2022 – residency ends
  • Summer 2022 – commissioned work shown in BALTIC’s Lightbox