Call for Applications: Tilting Axis Collections & Commissioning Fellowship 2019

Alberta Whittle, Celestial Meditations, digital collage, 2016. Courtesy the artist.

The Tilting Axis Fellowship is a direct outcome of the Tilting Axis meetings in 2015 at Fresh Milk in Barbados, in 2016 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and in 2017 at The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. For its 2019 iteration, Scotland based cultural partners including the Glasgow School of Art, The School of Art History at the University of St Andrews, CCA Glasgow, LUX Scotland, Hospitalfield and curatorial duo Mother Tongue have come together to offer support for a research fellowship to Scotland for an emerging contemporary art practitioner living and working in the Caribbean to share knowledge about current approaches towards commissioning and collecting in the arts.

This Fellowship opportunity focuses on the development of pragmatic and critical curatorial and artistic practice hailing from the Caribbean region and is research and practice-led, and mentor-based. The fellow will be invited to Scotland for up to one month from 1 October 2019 to undertake a period of open-ended research and development. Artists or curators may apply to undertake research for a mode of curatorial practice. The Fellowship is focused on alternative forms of Collections and Commissioning, in collaboration with partners across Scotland whose work focuses on various forms of collecting, archiving or supporting the development of artworks.

The Tilting Axis fellow will have the opportunity to work with LUX Scotland to devise a screening programme in the Caribbean drawing on their research into the LUX collection, the largest distribution collection of artists’ moving image in Europe comprising over 4,800 works by 1,200 artists from the 1930s to the present day. We will facilitate research access to the collection, provide mentoring and logistical support, and cover programming costs.


Read the full brief and application process here.

Applicants for the Fellowship are invited to develop an independent proposal outlining a clear interest in the issues and organisations highlighted. The proposal should be content driven and can be based on already existing research or offer new projects. The fellow is not expected to produce an outcome or finished artwork but will be expected to speak publicly about their ongoing research or interests whilst in Scotland.

Departing from a curatorial or artistic ambition, we expect to see a statement of intent of maximum 1000 words. This statement should explain the fellow’s research focus, respond directly to the keywords and thematics raised in the call out, and highlight reasons for visiting Scotland and/​or the partner organisations. A separate artist/​curatorial statement can also be supplied. Please also include a CV and two references, and an indication of availability from early October 2019. The application should be submitted via e‑mail to Ainslie Roddick, CCA Glasgow Curator: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Deadline: 15 April