Gallery receives award to support emerging artists

The University’s contemporary art gallery has received a major funding boost to champion up-and-coming artists.

Talbot Rice Gallery is a recipient of the first Freelands Foundation Artist Programme Award of £375,000.

The Programme is a new UK-wide initiative designed to support and grow regional art ecosystems by fostering long term relationships and collaborations between artists and arts organisation.

Supporting careers

Over the next five years, Talbot Rice will use the funding to invite 20 emerging artists into the University of Edinburgh. The artists will be given space, time, financial, curatorial and technical support to significantly develop and evolve their artistic practice and career.

The selected emerging artists will be working alongside the established practitioners that will be exhibiting at Talbot Rice – including Lucy Skaer, Jesse Jones, Samson Young – and with various group exhibitions around feminism, border frontiers and the idea of the extended mind.

They will also have access to the rich research environment of the University of Edinburgh.

The Freelands Foundation Artist Programme will enable us to take our commitment to emerging artists to the next level. By working with the University and Edinburgh College of Art, we’ll be strengthening that often-wobbly stepping stone between being a student of art and having an internationally recognised practice of the calibre that you encounter in Talbot Rice Gallery’s main exhibition programme. We are honoured and delighted to be selected as the Scottish recipient of this award, and will be working hard over the next five years to make a critical impact on the development of new art in the UK today.

Tessa GiblinTalbot Rice Gallery Director

Freelands Foundation

Talbot Rice was selected by a panel that included Freelands Foundation Founder and Chair Elisabeth Murdoch, the director of the Chisenhale Gallery Polly Staple, and Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger.

The Freelands' funding totals £1.5 million across five years to four arts organisations, one in each of the UK’s home nations. Talbot Rice is the recipient in Scotland, with Sheffield’s Site Gallery the winner in England, Cardiff’s G39 in Wales and Belfast’s Paragon Studios in Northern Ireland.

The Foundation will also provide funding for an annual symposium where each organisation will participate.

Freelands Foundation was founded up by Elisabeth Murdoch in 2015. Its mission is to support artists and cultural institutions, to broaden audiences for the visual arts and to enable all young people to engage actively with the creation and enjoyment of art.

Open call

The open call for artists to participate will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, sign up to the Talbot Rice Gallery mailing list.

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