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UKNA City Takeover: Leicester 2021

Presentation of Work & Micro-Residencies

UK New Artists   /   Deadline: 07/01/20

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UK New Artists is seeking up to 70 new artists from across the UK to takeover the city of Leicester for a long weekend.
Exhibitions, performance, music, writing and film will animate cultural spaces and unusual places, presenting the work of emerging practitioners at the leading edge of contemporary arts. In parallel, artists can participate in one of three collaborative residencies, exploring Sustainability, Placemaking and Common Interest, respectively.
The City Takeover is a unique opportunity and experience for artists. Be inspired by the range of work that you can see by your fellow artists from across the UK, and share your own work with new audiences and your peers. Enjoy exploring a new city and take part in talks and workshops with leading professionals and artists.

Artists will receive a £100 fee, plus accommodation, travel bursary, artwork shipping, food and all technical/venue costs are covered by UKNA.


Various locations in Leicester, UK.




UK New Artists (UKNA) was formally known as UK Young Artists (UKYA). As of April 2020, our opportunities are open to artists aged 18 or above who are within the first 10 years of their professional practice and have the right to live, work or study in the UK. Upon application, we will ask you to define the start of your professional practice using one of the following:

the date that you registered as a self-employed artist
the first public exhibition or performance you presented
your first paid commission
The year you completed your education or training
You are yet to do any of these things, and self-define the start of your professional practice

Evaluation Criteria

Artists who demonstrate an original voice within their work
Artists who demonstrate a commitment to developing their practice
Artists who seek dialogue and engagement with other artists, sector professionals and/or local communities
Artists with an interest in working with others, with a cross discipline approach to ideas and processes
Artists with an interest in sharing knowledge, vision and practice with others

Contact Information

Laura Evans
Room 121 Trent House, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Trent University


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