ThNew Ashgate Gallerye Rising Stars touring exhibition and professional development programme is a platform to foster and champion students and recent graduates from BA and MA applied arts programmes across the UK. The programme consists of three parts: the touring Rising Stars exhibition to enable new makers to access the market place; professional development including knowledge transfer and skills exchange, a national symposium; and a publication to act as a promotional tool for the selected makers.

Rising Stars aims to offer new makers their first step into the market place, through a curated selling exhibition that tours to New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Milton Keynes and Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds. The scheme also includes a free programme of professional development.

Rising Stars 2014 will be delighted to present an award of £1,000 towards a winner’s professional development, support from a-n, the Artists Information Company, and further exhibition opportunities.

They welcome proposals for three site-specific commissions in each venue. The fee for the commissions is £400 per commission (all-inclusive). Please visit the venue before making a proposal.
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The project dates are:
•    Exhibition and professional development events at New Ashgate Gallery, 8 March – 19 April 2014
•    Symposium at the University for the Creative Arts, 21 March 2014
•    Exhibition and professional development events at Milton Keynes Arts Centre, 26 April – 31 May 2014
•    Exhibition and professional development events at Smiths Row, 7 June – 12 July 2014.

Submissions are invited from undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates who completed their study in last 24 months. The deadline for applications is 24 October.

For further information and to submit an application, click here.

Rising Stars 2014 is managed by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by Arts Council England.

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