18th Street Arts Center - Artistic Career Networking Course - Grant Opportunity

Grant opportunity with 18th Street
Past opportunity
Full Grant Open Call 2021
Co-organized by 18th Street Arts Center and Art Career Transformation ACT! 
Application Deadline: Monday, October 11, 2021
Reaching out to you as a current or former artist resident of 18th Street Arts Center about a new artist professional development opportunity organized with the ACT Programme, an artist networking and communications course taught by leading international arts professionals. This full grant will be awarded to one artist to attend the four-week course (approximately $965 USD). Please only apply if you would need this grant in order to make attending this course possible.
This opportunity will enable an 18th Street Arts Center former or current artist resident to undertake the online professional development program  'Getting it across: Communicating Your Art Practice', starting on Monday, October 25, 2021Over 4 weeks of online lectures, tutor-led discussions and exercises, the grant recipient will learn how to connect and communicate clearly in any situation in the art world.
The program's tutors are:
  • Gilda Williams (Art critic & book author, Artforum and Goldsmiths).
  • Aaron Cezar (Director, Delfina Foundation, 58th Venice Biennale, performance curator, and Turner Prize juror).
  • Alessio Antoniolli (Director, Gasworks and Triangle Network).
  • Georgina Adam (Journalist, The Artnewspaper and FT).
  • Francesca Bellini-Joseph (Tate Executive Committee, art patron and online educator).
Participants have access to an e-training platform, Zoom live sessions, a workbook, readings, and more. 
Introduction: The principles of effective communication
Takeaways: Understanding the three elements you need to communicate clearly and effectively in every situation. 
Week 1: Networking in the art world - Tutor: Francesca Bellini Joseph
Topics to cover: What networking means, how to approach people face-to-face and online, how to write cold emails, and create a pitch for a presentation, studio visit, website, etc.
Week 2: How to write your artist statement... or just how to write - Tutor: Gilda Williams
Topics to cover: avoiding zombie statements and learning alternative ways to write about you and your practice. 
Live session 1
Week 3: Successful applications with a focus on residencies. Tutors: Alessio Antoniolli and Aaron Cezar. 
Topics to cover: understanding what juries are looking for and how to answer application questions the right way. 
Live session 2
Week 4: Communicating your practices to the outside world: The view from the other side. Tutor: Georgina Adam.
Topics to cover: how to approach a journalist and other art world professionals and write an effective cold email, press release and website content. 
This grant is open to current and former residents from 18th Street Arts Center. We actively encourage applications from visual artists, thinkers, and cultural practitioners of all backgrounds and locations who wish to participate in this online program. You should typically have, or expect to gain, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Fine Arts or Visual Arts, another studio-based practice, or a related field. We welcome applications from those holding degrees in unrelated fields or without formal training who can demonstrate appropriate experience in the art world and/or the creative industries. You also need to have a good level of written and spoken English. You can live anywhere to take this program.  
We encourage participants to visit Art Career Transformation's website to learn more about the programme, content and tutors: https://www.actprogramme.io/artists-getting-it-across.