Platform | Artist Development Lab

Platform | Artist Development Lab

A two-day artist development programme led by artists and curators – to connect, support and develop emerging artists from across the North West, with a focus on how creative technology or digital media as well as collaborations and collectives can develop or expand artistic practice.

Application Deadline: Mon 3rd September 2018

*Please note: this web page is temporary – full details of our Platform digital arts programme, along with further information on the Artist Development Lab, will be live on our brand new website Friday 15 June!*

Hosted in the unique location of Barrow-in-Furness located on the rugged West Cumbrian Coast, the two-days will provide an exciting programme of activities led by a diverse mixture of influential artists and curators working in the North.

The lab culminates in a further opportunity to produce a group exhibition with funded support.

Mentors include:

Ellie Barrett | Director of new artspace GRAFT Lancaster and former director of the Royal Standard, Liverpool

Sam Meech | Digital Artist and Lecturer at Manchester School of Art

John Darwell | Photographer & Lecturer in Photography at University of Cumbria

Paulette Brien | Curator at the Grundy gallery, Blackpool

Tom Ireland | Founder of Supercollider, Blackpool

Madlab | Digital Innovation Organisation, Manchester

Plus practical workshops and workshops | TBA


The days will introduce hands-on skills in using creative technology as well as practical sessions, one-on-one portfolio crits and panel discussions designed to support each artist in sustaining a career working in the North West both inside and outside of major cities. It will also provide a space for conversation and cross-disciplinary exchange, with the aim of nurturing new collaborations amongst the artists involved.



Sessions will include:

  • Practical workshops in creative technology / digital media (these will be tailored based on the group’s experience)


  • How technology can expand artistic practice


  • How collaboration and collectives can benefit artistic practice


  • How to sustain a career in the arts outside of major cities


  • Methods of disseminating your work, including self-publishing The benefits of artists self-publishing


The programme will culminate in the opportunity to submit a proposal, either individually or collaboratively with other practitioners from the group, for a funded exhibition at Signal Film and Media as part of the wider public Platform programme.




Who should apply

This programme is suitable for artists at the early to mid stages of their career, who are either living or working in the North West.

We actively encourage applications from artists who are working outside of major cities within the North West.

Applicants do not have to have any previous experience of working with technology in their practice, however must demonstrate a keen interest in using technology, digital media or collaborating with those who do. This might include film, photography, programming, sound or installation work.

Minimum age for applicants is 18 years of age.

Please apply using the form below

All applicants will be notified by Friday 7th September with the outcome of their application. If you have any questions relating to the programme or the application process, please email