SO artists - apply for Throes of Grief Open Call

Having received funding from ‘a space’ arts in May 2022, artist-led network Throes of Grief are looking to expand and diversify their network to artists based in the SO postcode area.

Throes of Grief (TOG) is an artist-led collective research initiative exploring both the presence and themes of Grief in contemporary art practice. Founded by Annabel Pettigrew in 2020, following an open call and a round of initial in-depth conversations with applicants, a group of eight artists were selected to take part. Participants currently meet online for discussion, presentation of work, peer critique and workshops and in doing so contribute to collaborative research and critical development of practice. Participants are encouraged to engage with the presence of grief within work and practice, and examine any conceptual themes to further the critical underpinning or development of the work we make.

Since the 2020 pandemic 163k people have died from Covid in the UK alone, making grief omnipresent in society. Grief is an under-represented and under-researched area of critical and contextual development in contemporary art. This peer group seeks to identify and develop the dialogue around grief and grief-related themes in contemporary arts practice with artists who explore these in their work.

This is a great opportunity for artists who explore grief and grief-related themes in their practice, and are looking to develop their network region-wide beyond, gaining critical feedback and support from artists who have a similar practice and explore similar themes in their work.

To make the application as simple as possible, a series of questions has been collated; please fill in the form below and press ‘submit’.

Complete the application form 

If you have any questions regarding Throes of Grief and the application process, please email

Closing date for applications – Sunday 26th June 2022 5pm.

*The open call is available exclusively to artists in the SO postcode area.