Tees Valley Artists of the Year 2024

An Accelerator of Tees Valley Talent 



The Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority have launched a new programme for Tees Valley artists/collectives who live in Tees Valley and/or have an operational base in the Tees Valley and the majority of their work is delivered/made in the Tees Valley.  Please note the eligibility criteria was updated on 20.02.24. Please see updated guidance document which reflects these changes.

The programme will support artists working in: 

We are looking for artists who are exceptional in their field; have a body of original creative work; have received professional recognition and need an extra boost and support to make a career-tipping difference. This could be selling your work to a national market, touring your first national show or cutting a record deal or maybe paving the way to breaking onto the international stage. 

You might describe yourself as an emerging artist with building momentum or an established creative who has been under-celebrated due to barriers you have faced in accessing wider markets. Whatever your starting point, if you can demonstrate your talent and potential, and tell us what difference this support will make, we want to hear from you. 

Up to five artists/artist collectives will be selected as Tees Valley Artists of the Year 2024 and invited to take part in the talent accelerator programme. 

Over a one-year period from April 2024 to March 2025, each selected artist/artist collective will receive a package of support. 

The programme has been launched by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, will be overseen by the Tees Valley Business Board, and is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). 

How to Apply
  1. DOWNLOAD and READ THE GUIDANCE for full details on eligibility and how to apply to ensure that you are eligible, understand the criteria and the programme commitments.
  2. Use the offline application form to draft your application. The main application questions (the WHY YOU? Section) can be written or you can submit a video application.
  3. We are using the Zealous platform to receive applications. Submit your application here – this includes uploading a portfolio work and video application (if applicable).
  4. Please note that we will not be able to provide feedback to applicants with the exception of shortlisted candidates.

Webinar For Potential Applicants 

On Tuesday 20 Feb, 1pm to 2pm, we held a webinar to brief artists and artist collectives who are considering applying to the programme. The session:   

The webinar was recorded and is available to watch here. 

Key Dates 

Applications open: Monday 12 Febraury 2024 

Applications close: 12 noon, Thursday 7 March 2024 

Applicants notified if they have been shortlisted: 5pm, Friday 15 March 2024 

Shortlisted applicant interviews: Wednesday 20 March 2024 and Thursday 21 March 2024

Shortlisted applicants notified of outcome: 5pm, Tuesday 5 April 2024 

Key Documents

Artists of the Year 2024 Programme Guidance Document 

Offline application form 

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