Louth artist James Gillick takes young artists

Louth artist James Gillick has incorporated an exciting initiative into his successful business as an oil painter to benefit young artists in Lincolnshire and further afield.

Four artists have begun an 11 month period of work and training at James’s studio.

The artists aged between 18 and 22 have become self employed will work alongside James to experience running the studio, marketing, exhibiting and selling artwork.

During this time they will build up their own portfolios in order to approach galleries and to start earning money from commissions as they study.

This is an ongoing project: each year James will carefully select up to five young artists aged 18 to 22 (older candidates are also considered). Having built up a successful business over the last 17 years James is keen to give something back and to prove to youngsters that a career can be made from the arts even in a rural area in the the toughest of economic climates.

This project has been generously supported by Lindsey Action Zone (LAZ) enabling James to extend his studio to provide workspace for the students.

James is currently accepting applications for both residential and non-residential placements commencing November 2013. Acceptance is on the strength of a portfolio and performance in a study week. For more information contact James on 01507 600269 or james@gillck-artist.com

For more information on LAZ and LEADER, contact Judy Bell at Lindsey Action Zone, Navigation Warehouse, Riverhead Rd, Louth, Lincs LN11 7AQ or see www.lindseyactionzone.co.uk.

Lindsey Action Zone (LAZ) funding is a LEADER approach funding initiative of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) supported by the European Commission, Defra, Lincolnshire County Council, East & West Lindsey District Councils. It is a Solutions for Business product.