Members' Exchange 2015

Members' Exchange 2015

Call for Submissions: Members' Exchange 2015

OUTPOST, Norwich <> Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast

1 – 31 July 2015

Information for prospective OUTPOST Member applicants

About Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast's primary artist-led organisation, Catalyst Arts (Catalyst) was formed in 1993 and continues to operate as a non-profit, members-based, artist-led organisation. It seeks to adopt a poly-vocal strategy towards the promotion of contemporary art practices by selecting artists and projects from the widest possible range of disciplines. Previous directors include Duncan Campbell, Susan Philipsz and Phil Collins.

Catalyst, initially based in Exchange Place, made an exchange with Transmission Gallery as its first show in July 1993. Catalyst operates from a large industrial space in the centre of Belfast, neighboured closely by similar organisations such as Platform, Flax Studios, Golden Thread Gallery, PS2 and Queen Street Studios. It's directors curate a programme of gallery exhibitions, events, screenings, residencies, workshops and offsite projects. With a rolling 2 year structure, the voluntary board of directors act in the interests of Catalyst's three hundred members, providing a variety of opportunities including open calls with partner institutions such as Media Phyat (Finland), La Station (Nice) and MonsterTruck Gallery (Dublin).

In 2015 Catalyst is focusing its programme on developing models of traditional exchange by building partnerships with neighbouring and peer organisations. The OUTPOST member will be working in the entire gallery for three weeks, with an option to extend the residency by one week. This fourth week is an opportunity to present a solo show in the gallery. Whilst resident in Belfast, the OUTPOST member will receive full technical, promotional and logistical support from the Catalyst directors. The artist will be provided with a budget to cover travel, accommodation and materials in addition to a daily stipend for the duration of the residency. A proportion of the total budget has been allocated to providing some mentoring, which can be arranged in dialogue with the selected artist to ensure a relevant group of people are invited to studio visits.

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Belfast Residency Overview

The selected Norwich based artist will be using the entire Catalyst gallery as a studio facility.

They will be provided with free accommodation in Belfast, located close to the city centre.

The allocated budget of £1300 will cover travel expenses, material costs, subsistence and mentoring.

At the beginning of the residency period, the selected artist will be asked to give a brief introductory presentation.

At the conclusion of the residency the participant will be invited to make a solo show in the form of a public exhibition.

The resident artist will receive full technical, promotional and logistical assistance from Catalyst directors.

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Submission Information for Norwich Applicants

East Anglian based OUTPOST members (only) are invited to submit applications to participate in Members’ Exchange 2015. All applications must be made by email to, cc and have the subject heading Members’ Exchange 2015 Norwich applicant.

Application Guidelines:


Please include your exhibition and educational background.

Artists Statement

In 250 words or less, write a statement outlining your current practice.

Statement of Objectives

In 250 words or less describe your proposed plans for projects, ideas and your expectations for the residency.


Text - .pdf / .doc / .rtf

Image - .jpg / .png / .gif (72dpi, maximum 10 images)

Audio - .mp3 / .wav Video - .mov / .mp4 / .avi (maximum 10 minutes duration)

Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications in the form of links to websites, please only include this information for reference in your CV, along with the material listed above.

Please note that the maximum attachment size per email is 10mb, for larger files please send either a We Transfer or Dropbox link.

Timetable for Applications:

31st May 2015, 11:59pm


All applications by OUTPOST members will be reviewed by Catalyst Arts Gallery and the successful applicant notified on 28th May 2015.