What is a Digswell Arts Trust Fellow?

Fellowship seeks to provide a springboard to artists seeking to become self-sustaining from their art. Regardless of whether they come from full time employment or directly from arts education, artists find the first years of attempting to make a living from their art difficult. Fellowship offers a period of stability which acts as breathing space, allowing them to develop their art in these crucial early years, and to build up a range of contacts. Critical to this period of stability is a studio; Fellowship includes a low cost studio, initially for three years, with possible extension to five, heavily subsidised in the early years, later moving nearer commercial rates. There are benefits beyond a studio. Artists join a community of others attempting to make the same transition, whom often have experiences to share. Accordingly, there are often opportunities to feed off each other?s work. In addition, artists are able to access opportunities that arise because of the Trusts links to the community, as well as University?s and art colleges. Fellows come from a wide range of artistic & creative disciplines from all possible backgrounds ranging from fine artists to jewellery makers, film makers, fashion designers, and instrument makers. Whatever their discipline we expect Fellows to demonstrate high standards of originality of approach and creative imagination in their chosen field with the commitment needed to become a professional artist. We look for fellows that will work well together as we believe that one of the key benefits of fellowship is the support provided by other artists undergoing the same journey. Fellows work together to organise their day to day affairs and activities. Taking responsibility for the ?life of the studio? provides an opportunity to learn skills such as organising marketing of an exhibition or working with a community organisation, which the Trust encourages.

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