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ARTISTS OPEN CALL: Micro-Commission Opportunity


We’re delighted to announce:

A call-out for an exciting new micro-commission opportunity, as part of its year-long Lost Stations digital arts programme.

Artists are invited to create an artwork or series of artworks which will be exhibited this September at Cooke’s Studios, a stylish 16,000ft, Grade II listed Victorian building, running over 5 floors, housed in the heart of Barrow-in-Furness. This micro-commission is designed to showcase digital artwork based on the theme of Lost Stations and is a fantastic and unique opportunity open to both emerging and mid-career artists aged 16+ living or working within Cumbria.

The selected artist will receive a total of £1,000 in funding to realise their vision, this includes a £500 bursary and £500 of in-kind funding, which includes mentoring sessions, assistance from technical staff and access to Signal Film and Media’s incredible in-house digital facilities.

To apply:

Artists must submit statements about their intended piece(s) and about their previous work in addition to examples of prior work to the Project Manager before review by an expert panel. Details on the application process can be found at:

The theme of ‘Lost Stations’ is a subject inspired by the huge network of disused train lines and stations that once ran across Barrow-in-Furness and the legacy of its boom years. Now almost invisible, these locations reflect key moments in Barrow’s history, serving as a metaphor for the changing fate of a town and a ghost image of its past. Ideas explored by the artist should respond to the subject of ‘Lost Stations’ and/or the wider themes and ideas that raises.

Artworks submitted must incorporate the digital, but can include film, photography, sound, animation, mixed media or performance art. The work created will then be exhibited as part of a grand public opening in September 2017.

Heading the expert panel including Loren Slater, Director of Signal Film and Media; Phil Northcott, Curator Artgene/SFM; Bren O’Callaghan, Visual Art Programme Manager at HOME, Manchester & Dani Admiss, Independent Digital Curator for galleries including The Barbican, London.

Lost Stations Project Manager Joanna Roy says:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Cumbria’s art scene and we encourage applications from local artists working across the many different areas of the digital realm. We hope this Micro-Commission will act as a catalyst in the development of the artist and we are very excited to support them in realising their project for the public to experience later this year.”

The Lost Stations programme is kindly supported by Arts Council England and will open up a world of digital art for participants and audiences in Barrow-in-Furness and Cumbria. This exhibition is part of a whole host of opportunities happening over the year to see, experience, and get involved with, including: digital & moving image art, group art projects, exhibitions, artist talks, masterclasses & hands-on workshops.

Audiences are encouraged to sign up to our newsletter on the Signal Film & Media website to receive more information as the project unfolds.

For more information contact us on 01229 838592 or email:

Signal Film & Media is an award winning film and digital media company with a reputation for both high quality professional short film production and a wide range of community engagement media projects.