Take Over

The majority of exhibitions at Shieldfield Art Works are initiated by SAW’s team and our partners, however, we have a commitment to support and encourage both students and emerging artists. To complement SAW’s own programme, we have two months of Take Over where we work with exhibition proposals which we feel reflect SAW’s ethos.  

Take Over is an opportunity to take charge of the gallery and stage a short exhibition or series of events in order to try new ways of curating and exhibiting. 

There are usually four Take Over slots per year:

2020 dates:

Slot 1: 4 – 14 February 2020 (for students)

Slot 2: 18 – 28 February 2020 (for students)

Slot 3: 3 – 13 March 2020 (for emerging artists* within 10 years of graduating/beginning practice)

Slot 4: 17-27 March 2020 (for emerging artists* within 10 years of graduating/beginning practice)

This opportunity is free for students and has a highly discounted cost of £200 per slot (11 days) for emerging artists. Shieldfield Art Works is a charity, and although we aim to support projects by giving staff time, it is necessary that individuals and groups submitting proposals will have their own funding in place to cover the costs of their project or exhibition.

Those who are successful should complete all install, openings, invigilation, events, and deinstall within the allotted 11 days (from Tuesday of the first week to Friday of the second week) and sign our Take Over house rules.

Successful applicants should also be free on Friday 31 January to take part in QUESTION (a discussion evening for all 3 successful applicants).

Before submitting a proposal, we would suggest artists familiarise themselves with SAW’s ethos, programme and gallery space.

Submitting a proposal

If you would like to apply for a Take Over 2020 slot you can send a proposal between 1 – 30 November 2019 that will be reviewed by our programme team. No proposals will be accepted after 30 November 2019. We will respond by Friday 13 December. 

What is a proposal?

A proposal is a document of no more than 500 words which includes:

    • A clear, concise explanation of what your project/exhibition is about
    • Who you are and why you want to exhibit at SAW
    • Your preferred Take Over slot (1 – 3)
    • No more than 15 photographs of your artwork or project, or a link to your website. Please include dimensions of work.

Students: Please also send proof of your eligibility as a student – for example, a scan of your Student ID.

*Emerging artists: At SAW, we have a very broad definition of an ’emerging artist’, which we class as anyone within the first ten years of their artistic practice regardless of education, age or artistic exposure (whether you have had an exhibition before or not). Whilst we do work with universities and art schools to provide opportunities for their students, we acknowledge there are boundaries to accessing formal arts education. We encourage all artists to participate in our programme and opportunities, regardless of arts education experience.

To submit a proposal, please contact: enquiries@saw-newcastle.org