Feeney Trust Enables InSite Graduate Commission Payments

Craftspace is proud to announce that In:Site graduate festival of creativity 2014 is being supported by the John Feeney Charitable Trust. The grant has been awarded specifically to benefit new graduates directly and will enable Craftspace to attach a fee payment to each successful commission for the first time.

Craftspace has been piloting the concept of a festival where emerging applied arts graduates are selected to create commissioned temporary, bespoke artworks. Working within Birmingham Cathedral Square, each graduate has a day to make their creative intervention on-site, turning the making process into a performance. The daily performances, sometimes participatory, are intended to gradually fill the square with installations.

In:Site has showcased 21 applied arts graduates over the last two years. Up to now we have not been able to pay or resource the graduates appropriately to create ambitious new work that makes a step change beyond their degree show. Financial constraints during the pilot phases meant that we were only able to offer exhibitors limited expenses. This years grant from the Feeney Trust will incentivise commissions and enable us to select the most talented and exceptional emerging makers graduating from local, regional and national courses.

Craftspace will be offering 15 paid commissions to new graduates and post graduates. Each commission will have a fee of £150 plus travel expenses and limited materials budget. for more information please 2014 Proposals page.

Lisa Falaschi