What is a Emerging Artist
By ‘Emerging Artist’, we mean somebody who is starting to feel their way into an artistic career, perhaps you’ve just finished college, started to develop your creativity later in life or having a change of direction after acquiring an impairment or being in recovery, there’s no single scenario that covers it.
What can we do for you?
We may be able to help you in identifying sources of funding to develop or showcase your work. Funding for individual artists, as opposed to groups, is quite hard to find. The most obvious source is the Arts Council of Wales (other Regional Arts Councils are available) but relatively few artists will have their work funded this way and the sums involved are often relatively small. The Arts Council is not necessarily the right choice for an emerging artist as they have very particular ideas about ‘quality’ and generally like to see a track-record, but it shouldn’t be completely ruled out. We have listed a few other funders on our Funding Opportunities page.
You may be looking for opportunities to get involved in our group projects or finding something that’s local to you, if that’s the case, please contact us and we will arrange to meet you and talk about what you are looking for.
We have our own online Gallery – that you can be listed on, as a member of DAC, without charge. Once a month we select one artist whose work we think is particularly worthy of attention and make them the feature of a monthly showcase.
If you lead workshops and have particular qualifications, expertise or experience of working with a diverse range of people, we can also offer you a listing in our Workshop Leaders section. We haven’t got enough workshop leaders to create this section yet, but fill in the form and we will add you when we create the section.
We have our own Publication – ‘What’s On’, sent out bi-monthly as hard copy and fortnightly as an email update. We also have a Facebook page which we update regularly with events, opportunities and anything we think might be of interest. If you have an exhibition or event that you want publicised, we can do so through either or both of these channels. If you want to contribute to What’s On, you can either fill in this form , or email us – firstname.lastname@example.org. You can post straight onto the Facebook page yourself, or ask us to if you’re not a Facebooker.
If you are holding an exhibition or performance and want to ensure that it is fully accessible, we can offer you advice about what to think about and how to solve any access problems that you might run into. You can also look through our ‘Equal Spaces‘ section.
If you are working as part of a group, or thinking about setting up a group, we can offer you advice about alternative sources of funding – these vary according to what type of group you set up, e.g. Registered Charity, Social Enterprise/ CIC/ Co-operative etc, or even just advice about what type of group to set up.
If you are struggling to find a way to do something technical or software to help with your particular impairment, we may be able to help, or at least point you in the right direction.