Professional Development Programme 2021

Invitation for Applications is a not-for-profit organisation supporting early career artists through paid-for display and a professional development programme. It enables businesses to create a sustainable future for the next generation of artists. The purpose of the np.a Professional Development Programme (np.aPDP) is to equip those at the early stages of their career with practical guidance and mentoring on how to make their practices sustain them financially, as well as creatively.

The pandemic has prevented physical display of works, but the np.aPDP continued throughout 2020 by moving online. In place of our cancelled exhibition at Elephant West, we created LAB2020, pairing our early career artists with established professionals :

For 2021, we have decided to invite applications to participate on the np.aPDP through an open call.

How does the np.a Professional Development Programme work?

We engage professionals from all aspects of creative and corporate life to deliver practical guidance to early career artists, from seminars, workshops and group mentoring, to individual pairings with established artists. All elements are delivered online. Once accepted onto the npa.PDP, artists will participate free of charge. There will be a maximum of 50 places for 2021.

What will the 2021 np.a Professional Development Programme cover?

This year’s programme will consist of :

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Personal branding for artists
  • Legal essentials
  • Understanding the art market
  • Accounting essentials
  • Writing skills workshop
  • Funding sources and fund writing applications
  • Group mentoring on career progression
  • Open forums
  • Focus groups on the practicalities of website, social media etc
  • Artist selected for np.aPDP will be eligible to apply to participate in LAB2021

Who is eligible to apply?

Early career artists, both art graduates and those who have not followed a conventional route to become artists, who can demonstrate they are committed to their practice. We wish to see those who want to make their practice sustain them financially and who would otherwise struggle to access  professional development support.

Application Fee

There is no application fee.

How do I apply?

Applicants are asked to provide :

  • A current cv (1 page A4 maximum)
  • A maximum of 10 images of your work
  • A statement (150 words max) explaining why you want to participate in np.aPDP and how you see it benefiting your career

What is the timing?

6 April 2021 - 5pmDeadline for applications
7 - 29 April 2021A panel of np.a trustees will carry out the selection process
30 April 2021All applicants will be notified
May - December 2021np.PDP will run with online sessions every 2 - 4 weeks.
January - March 2022For those selected for the LAB2021 online exhibition

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