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About ://

Float. is an open platform for showcasing and supporting artists by forming collectives and bridging the gap between artist and art institutions. The programme offers an open platform to share ideas, create dialogues, and begin dynamic collaborations. Through exhibitions, workshops, peer lead activities and discussions, Float. aims to connect artists of different backgrounds, disciplines and career positions. With this approach the diverse programme offers professional development, skill sharing and critique across a variety of exhibition opportunities and practice related conversations. 
Website ://

The Float. website features a selection of interviews with professional creatives, offering an insight into their individual career paths and experiences within the creative sector. We aim to form an archive of profiles accessible to emerging creatives looking to take similar steps.

To establish this further the website also offers an opportunity for emerging creatives at the formative stage of their careers to have their work featured, bridging the gap between professionals at different stages of their careers.

Features ://

For the chance to be featured on our website or Instagram, please send the following:

1:// 5-10 images set at 1800px longest side, 72 dpi using WeTransfer/Dropbox. Files should be titled:

            Artwork/exhibition title, your name. Medium, year made.
    E.g. ‘Bleu’, James Smith. MDF, pine and acrylic paint, 2017.

2:// An artist statement in 3rd person

3:// A link to your portfolio/Instagram

4:// As email subject please put ‘Submission_Your name’.

Send to: charlie@floatshowcase.org

We recieve many submissions and take our time to look over them all. We will get back to you if you are successful. Thanks!

Direct Contacts ://

Founder/Director :// Michael Irwin

Image credit: Dan Weill

Michael is currently working as the Assistant Curator for Late at Tate, London, formerly Young People’s Programmes at Tate. Prior to this, through working in a variety of capacities such as conservation, curation, project management and art handling it has allowed Michael to develop a variety of skills throughout his career. Whilst at university, he worked with organisations such as Aid & Abet, Changing Spaces and Wysing Arts Centre. Michael then went on to working at the contemporary art gallery, Firstsite, as the Curatorial Assistant. Working on shows such as ARTIST ROOMS: Andy Warhol, Martin Parr: Work and Leisure and Lubaina Himid: Warp and Weft.

During his time in the position of Curatorial Assistant, Michael became involved in Firstsite’s young people’s programme, ‘Young Art Kommunity’ working as the galleries Circuit Programme Curator. This role allowed Michael to have more freedom to curate shows and events specifically to help emerging creatives. In response to this freedom, and in collaboration with former colleague Liam Roberts, Float. was formed. A platform which supports emerging artists, giving them the opportunities to create connections and showcase their works within a gallery.

Content Curator :// Charlie Bryan


Charlie has a broad career history, from working as an artist assistant and artist facilitator at various institutions including the Tate Exchange and Kettle’s Yard. She has experience in digital marketing and website building/content, having worked on a project for Circuit at Wysing Arts Centre to build their online portfolio. Charlie has curation knowledge and most recently becoming an educator. Specialising in Photography and Videography, she has collaborated with a range of practitioners on photoshoots, posters, books and studio artist videos. Being a member of the Circuit programme at Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge offered opportunities to work with other galleries across the country under the Tate Plus umbrella. As a result Charlie became involved in the Float. programme at Firstsite, initially showcasing her artworks at the Float. showcases but more recently has taken up a more curatorial position within Float.

Acknowledgements ://

Float. was founded in 2015 as an extension of the Circuit programme funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This strand of the Circuit programme was initiated through Firstsite, part of the Tate Plus network, more specifically Firstsite’s Young Art Kommunity (YAK).

© All imagery property of credited artist(s) - 2020