CALL OUT: North West Emerging Outdoor Artist Call Out (unpaid)

Closing date: 25 May 2022

Job Description

CALL OUT: North West Emerging Outdoor Artist Call Out (unpaid)

Walk the Plank and Manchester City Council are offering four unpaid placements to new artists looking to gain a better understanding and experience of working in outdoor arts. Placements will work with artists on Manchester Day between May and June 2022 in Manchester.

This is an ELEVATE’22 artist development opportunity supported by Arts Council England.


  • Role: 4 x Emerging Outdoor Artist opportunities (unpaid)
  • Period: Up to 6 days (or half day equivalents) between May –June 2022 including show day on Sunday 19th June 2022.
  • Location:  Cobden Works, Salford, individual artist studios and community venues.
  • Placement: An opportunity for Makers and Designers, you’ll be working with Manchester Day artists, making a large-scale outdoor arts event.
  • Suitability: This opportunity is suitable for new and emerging artists looking to gain practical work experience and develop their skills while being supported by professional artists.


ELEVATE is an artist development programme that supports North West artists to grow their skills, experience, and network in outdoor arts through mentorships, placements and masterclasses.  

ELEVATE artists gain direct experience of making on Manchester Day, a large-scale creative parade and squares programme. With Walk the Plank, artists co-create with communities to create original work that attracts an audience of 70,000.

How to Apply

Please email your CV and a short covering letter, along with 1-3 images of your artwork to Danielle Chinn, ELEVATE Project Manager:

The application deadline is Wednesday 25 May 2022

Applicants will be selected by a panel, and you will be informed of their decision by Fri 27 May.


Short listed applicants will be invited to attend an informal gathering at Walk the Plank’s premises in Salford later this month, so we can meet you and identify the best way to support you.  


If you have any questions or would like to arrange an informal chat about this opportunity, please contact Danielle Chinn, ELEVATE Project Manager on: 

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