A B O U T
Short Supply is an artist-led initiative and curatorial collective operating in Salford, directed by Mollie Balshaw and Rebekah Beasley
Short Supply was established for the purpose of generating creative opportunities, and facilitating and curating collaborative events specifically for artists in the North West. Particular emphasis is placed on ensuring emerging artists and recent graduates have the chance to put themselves out there, but Short Supply is a platform for all creatives, and aims to try and cultivate a supportive network across the board. Where possible, we try to ensure that emerging artists and graduates are presented with opportunities to expand their network, to connect with established artists and industry professionals and receive the relevant mentorship to continue their development.
Notable events include MADE IT which is Short Supply's annual graduate art prize. This show presents a group of North West based graduates in a selected showcase with various awards available, including Curator's Choice for a designated cash prize and Cass Art Prize from the show's sponsor, which grants one artist a solo show later that year in their central Manchester store. Short Supply have also began to run a collection of free monthly group critiques name Supply Sessions - fancy name, good old fashioned format - to allow local artists to meet, share, receive and give feedback and maintain a critical framework for their practice. These sessions are aimed predominantly at emerging artists and recent graduates, as critiques are a common part of arts education that artists report they miss once leaving the supportive framework of their degree, but anybody is welcome to come along and contribute.
Short Supply's long term goal is to become a recognised and formalised system of support for the creative community in the North West, but at the end of the day, we are just two people who bloody love art. We hope to continue trying to refine and redefine ways of connecting artists, and ensure the artists on our doorstep are provided with the proper practical tools to succeed outside of education and not just within it - to be the change we want to see.