Open Call Constellations

We are excited to share that applications are now open for Constellations 2023, a free, eight-month learning and development programme for artists, curators, producers, and practitioners active and/or interested in the expanded field of public art.  

The programme is curated by UP Projects in partnership with Flat Time House and in association with Liverpool Biennial. This includes a conference as part of our Co-Creating Public Space programme. 

Constellations 2023 supports a group of ten early to mid-career practitioners from across the UK, the Constellations ° Cohort, to develop their practice, collaborate with others, access new networks, and contribute to critical debate surrounding the future of public practice. 

The programme will explore urgent lines of enquiry and best practice in relation to this field, including questions around the potential of art to help communities reimagine new futures, principles underpinning alternative economies, and notions of care. 

The Constellations ° Cohort, selected from across the UK, will take part in three strands of activity, taking place between July 2023 and February 2024:   

Constellations ° Cohort sessions
Fifteen in-depth seminars, workshops and mentoring sessions attended by the cohort. Apart from two in-person gatherings taking place in Liverpool and Southampton, all sessions will take place online.

Constellations ° Assemblies
Three free online events open to all artists, curators and practitioners, involving a range of UK and international speakers.

Constellations ° Conference
A series of panel discussions and workshops taking place in Southampton and open to all artists, curators and practitioners. The conference is curated by UP Projects and presented in partnership with John Hansard Gallery. It is part of Co-Creating Public Space, a public art project led by John Hansard Gallery and supported by Arts Council England.

Constellations 2023 is curated by UP Projects in partnership with Flat Time House and in association with Liverpool Biennial. It includes a conference in partnership with John Hansard Gallery as part of Co-Creating Public Space. Constellations 2023 is generously supported by Arts Council England, the Barrington Hibbert Associates Access Fund, and the Constellations Patrons.   

To find out how to apply to join the Constellations ° Cohort, please find the application document on the UP Projects website. Please note, the programme is open to UK-based practitioners only 

Submission deadline: 9 April 2023 at 23:59 BST 

Information on how to apply here:  

Please submit your application to [email protected] 

UP Projects endeavour to make Constellations as accessible as possible to ensure that people from the broadest range of backgrounds are supported and encouraged to take part in their learning programmes. The programme covers return travel and accommodation costs to the in-person sessions in Liverpool and Southampton provided by the Barrington Hibbert Associates Access Fund.

The fund also contributes towards specific individual access needs on a case-by-case basis including but not limited to, British Sign Language (BSL) and live caption interpretation, providing assistive technology and digital equipment, additional travel support and/or accessible travel, and supporting those with care responsibilities. 

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