Open Call: Masterclass at the Zabludowicz Collection

Deadline Sunday 11 November 2018

Testing Ground: Master Class is a week-long intensive for emerging artists developed in collaboration with artist Doug Fishbone at the Zabludowicz Collection in North London.

Now in its 7th year, Master Class o ers a unique and free opportunity for eight emerging artists selected through a national Open Call. Over the course of a week, the participants will work closely with leading international artists and key arts professionals to discuss and develop their individual practices through a series of lectures, tutorials, workshops, reading groups, gallery visits and seminars.


The week is structured around four public lectures and closed teaching days from guest artists. Each teaching day comprises a mix of workshops, tutorials and group discussions.
The programme also includes professional development seminars and a day of gallery visits. The week culminates with the participants giving more formal presentations about their work.


Master Class is developed and run by artist Doug Fishbone and Antonia Blocker, Curator: Public Programme, with input from the Zabludowicz Collection team. This year the guest artists include Haroon Mirza, among others.


Master Class will run Wednesday 30 January – Tuesday 5 February 2019

Who can apply?

Practicing UK-based artists who have completed at least a BA degree course, and are keen
to advance their professional skills to sustain a career as an artist. We will also consider artists who have undertaken an equivalent level of training/education and are at the same stage
in their careers. Applicants must not currently be undertaking formal graduate or post- graduate education, and should have been out of formal education for at least two years.

To ensure a range of participants from throughout the UK, there is one place for each of the following areas: Scotland, Wales, London, North, Midlands, South West, South East, and Northern Ireland. Please state on your application in which area you are based.


There is no fee to participate in Master Class. Programme fees are fully subsidised and the programme is o ered to participants for free. Applicants will need to cover the costs of their travel to and around London, as well as accommodation. A small travel bursary fund is available for artists travelling from outside London. Please state on your application if you would like to receive this.

Participants are expected to attend the whole week; therefore applicants should also consider the need to arrange time o from any paid employment.

Refreshments and a small number of meals are provided throughout the week.

Master Class is part of Zabludowicz Collection’s Testing Ground season, which focuses on opportunities for the creative professional development of emerging artists and curators.


How to apply

Please submit a single pdf document with an artist’s statement (no more than 250 words), CV (including your location), and a maximum of 10 images or video links to

Deadline for applications

Sunday 11 November, midnight. Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 23 November.


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