Peer Network Champions: Open Call for Proposals

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Monday 28th February 9:00am – Monday 4th April 2022 9:00am

Call for proposals from new Peer Network Champions

‘a space’ arts is proud to support Peer Networks created and led by visual artists from the region. These networks provide opportunities for artists to engage and develop ideas with their peers, build useful connections with the artist community and explore a range differing artistic practices and interests.

We are looking for 2 new peer networks with local, national, or international members that have originated in or have members based in the SO postcode area.

If you have been working with, or have developed an idea to work with, other visual artists and arts professionals in the SO area and beyond in order to explore, research, test or exchange ideas then you could be our next Peer Network Champion. Peer Network Champions will act as the lead organisers and point of contact for their peer network’s year-long programme of activity with ‘a space’ arts.

We are particularly interested in hearing proposals from networks that will champion those who are underrepresented in the SO cultural offer as well as further afield, including but not limited to: global majority artists, artists with disabilities, LGTBQIA+ artists, and those with caring responsibilities.


What we will offer:

A fixed fee of £2000 for the delivery of a Peer Network Programme of your design over the course of the year.

Support and advice regarding the running of the group where needed through an agreed schedule of regular check-ins.

Promotion of your activity and events on our website, in our email newsletter and on our social media channels.

Use of communal space and meeting space within our buildings at God’s House Tower (subject to availability).

Free use of Testing Space, located at ‘a space’ arts’ Arches Studios, if you require it.


What we expect:

A quarterly report and evaluation of your peer network’s activity and budget usage (template provided by ‘a space’ arts).

Regular sharing of documentation of your peer network activity for promotion on the ‘a space’ website and social media channels. (‘a space’ arts will provide documentation of events where possible and agreed in advance).

Your peer network to adhere to ‘a space’ arts’ code of conduct and to promote a culture of inclusivity by upholding the commitment to anti-racism and accessibility that is outlined by the organisation below.


To apply to be an ‘a space’ Peer Network Champion, please email with:

– A short proposal (no more than 1 sheet of A4) describing your idea for the peer network: include who will take part (or who the network is aimed at if open membership), the topics, themes or concepts that the network will explore; and what the network hopes to achieve.

– A basic activity plan for your programme that includes approximate dates for meetings, events and other important milestones.

– A simple budget indicating how the £2000 would be spent over a period of 1 financial year (April ‘22 – April ’23).

– Up to 6 images or a link to a website/social media, of your work as either as an individual or within the Peer Network if already in existence.

Deadline for proposals: 4th April 2022


Find out more about the Peer Networks ‘a space’ arts currently supports here:

Critical Exchange

PaP (People and Place)



To further our mission we are taking proactive steps to becoming an anti-racist organisation. We have pledged to deliver a number of commitments through our Anti-Racism Action Plan over the next two years along with a series of activities to bring immediate benefits to global majority artists. We feel this combination of working towards long-term change and immediate action can make a real difference to Southampton’s global majority visual artists and we plan to continue working on this dual approach.

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As an organisation we actively look to reduce barriers for artists applying for our opportunities and commissions, and we are committed to being fair, accessible, transparent and inclusive.

We offer a range of access support for artists, including alternative formats for information we release and submissions we receive as well as an artist access fund; please contact us so that we can discuss your individual needs and provide appropriate support for your application or project. Please either email us on or call 023 80 338 778

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