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Run a workshop

Arts Lab is always on the look out for creatives with progessive approaches to making, egagement and learning. We aim to build our team of outstanding artists with diverse expertise and approaches to arts facilitation to help us to deliver:

  • Arts Lab’s quarterly programmes of workshops, events and exhibitions for artists and the wider public
  • a menu of workshops for our outreach programme working with schools, colleges, prisons, youth and health organisations, refugee projects and other marginalised groups.

Below are the guidelines and basic structure required for artists to run a 1 or 2 day workshop.

What Arts Lab provides:

  • spaceous workshop area within the Dartington Estate
  • marketing support via the Dartington website and newsletter
  • inclusion of event and artist bio on Arts Lab website, blog and monthly newsletter
  • frequent social media posts alongside quarterly printed flyers
  • administration of bookings and payments
  • intern to assist set up workshop
  • basic materials and equipment kit of equipment for use during workshop List attached
  • refreshments for duration of workshop

The artist is expected to:

  • submit a written outline of your workshop proposal to Arts Lab
  • complete and submit Arts Lab Artist Application form
  • supply any additional materials required for your course to run
  • advertise the workshop within your own social media and other platforms of marketing, utilising your own mailing lists and contacts.

Payment terms

  • £200 daily fee
  • Art materials costs: This can be either costed into the workshops overall price per person or be a list of materials that each attendee is required to bring along with them at their own cost. 
  • Minimum bookings required is 10 for the workshop to be viable
  • Artist to have own up to date public liability insurance and CRB certificates, copies of which to be presented to Arts Lab in advance of the workshop(s)
  • Workshop space to be left clean and tidy at the end of each workshop session

Each workshop is costed to its unique needs and requirements. However, we try and keep the price per person between £60 and £70 per workshop day.

The workshop day runs from 10am to 4pm. Additional time is required for the artist to set up, clear up and leave the studio as they found it.

Exhibit your work

What Arts Lab provides:

  • exhibition space within the Dartington Estate

There is currently very little dedicated exhibition space at Dartington. However, we can offer you a broad range of possibilities both inside (disused buildings awaiting renovation) and out (on the land, with the exception of the formal gardens around the Hall). We suggest you consider what type of  space you would like to work on, in or with, submit an expression of interest to Arts Lab and then we can begin the conversation as a build up to your detailed proposal.

  • advice and support in curating your exhibition
  • marketing support via the Dartington website and newsletter
  • inclusion of event and artist bio on Arts Lab website, blog and monthly newsletter
  • frequent social media posts alongside quarterly printed flyers
  • intern to help install exhibition

The artist is expected to:

  • submit a written outline of proposed exhibition to Arts Lab
  • install own exhibition
  • supply any equipment required for installation
  • advertise the exhibition within own social media and other platforms of marketing, utilising own mailing list and contacts
  • email Arts Lab short artists’ statement and 2-4 profile and artwork images to include on Lab website
  • host exhibition private view private and supply refreshments
  • provide at least one informal talk/presentation to the public during the show
  • man/steward the exhibition for its duration

Give a talk or presentation

This is an opportunity for an artist to give an evening presentation about their work that will be open to the public.

What Arts Lab provides:

  • studio venue
  • marketing support via the Dartington website and newsletter
  • inclusion of event and artist bio on Arts Lab website, blog and monthly newsletter
  • Arts Lab social media posts alongside quarterly printed flyers
  • intern/assistant to set up seating and manage audience
  • media facilities kit See list attached of equipment available

The artist is expected to:

  • submit a written outline of talk/presentation to Arts Lab
  • supply any additional materials or equipment required
  • advertise presentation within own social media and other platforms of marketing, utilising own mailing lists and contacts.

Payment Terms

  • £50 presentation fee for the artist
  • artist to have own up to date public liability insurance and present a copy in advance to Arts Lab
  • studio space to be left clean and tidy
  • presentation running time is 7.30pm to 9pm. This allows for a presentation running time of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes of Q&A

The talks and presentations are advertised as a ‘turn up no need to book’ event.