Short Supply is an artist-led organisation based in the North West.
WHAT WE DO
Short Supply’s goal since day one has been to help out early-career artists from the north by providing opportunities in the form of exhibitions, advice, commissions and access to a lovely network.
Over time, Short Supply has become a bridge between early-career artists and the more established art world, breaking the cycle of needing work to gain a reputation and needing a reputation to get work. Instead of waiting for people with more experience to pay attention to emerging artists, we’ve been creating a platform ourselves. Being the change we want to see and all that.
Notable projects include MADE IT which is Short Supply’s annual graduate art prize sponsored by CASS ART, Queer Contemporaries hosted by AIR Gallery which was a showcase of LGBTQIA+ creatives supported by Superbia and Manchester Pride, P-ART-Y hosted at Soup Kitchen in collaboration with PROFORMA which was an event used as a test bed to host four experimental performances and Material Concerns hosted by PAPER Gallery supported by G.F Smith, Fourth day and The Fourdrinier which was a presentation of Mollie and Rebekah's work as artists. Find more about these events and other projects on our archive page.
Rebekah is the director of Short Supply, and our financial and install wizard. You'll often find her head first in a spreadsheet or knee deep in wilkos finest wall emulsion. She is also a multidisciplinary artist, and makes work about the feminine body, gender and sexuality through collage, fibre, print and illustration.
Mollie is the director of Short Supply, and our ~big cheese~. If you drop us an email, catch us at an event or otherwise want to get the lowdown on the project and talk "serious business" they are your contact. They are also an artist, and use painting in the expanded field to challenge restrictive structures often associated with painting practice.
Grace is the coordinator of Short Supply, the newest (and shiniest) member of the team. They help to keep projects running smoothly, manage artist and collaborator relationships, and basically make sure everyone is happy! As an artist, they research how people work together, and document that to create artworks.
BEING THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE
For the last two years, we’ve balanced Short Supply with full time paid work to pay the bills (like most artists, we see you Rishi). We’ve also relied on the generosity of artists, designers, organisers, space-givers, all-round-good-eggs to share their time with us. This is how the artist-led scene works most of the time, a good deed for a good deed, we love it but we think we all deserve a bit more than that. Short Supply has become a full time job, as we move towards getting our own space, commissioning artist work, spreading artist-led activities beyond major cities and partnering with more and more organisations who need our help to link up with you lot. We’re very excited about it all, but even our quick little mitts can’t keep up with our current email load.
Over the next year, the goal for us is to become self-sufficient, to finance projects on our own terms while sharing our knowledge, resources and time with you. Our Patreon page is to help us get there, to allow us to take more time off the day jobs to focus on sustaining and growing the support that we’ve been giving so far.