Artist Support Projects

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ARTIST SUPPORT PROJECTS is an artist peer development programme established by Matthew Burrows in 2008 to support, create and maintain critical engagement and networks for artists. The programme was first run as the Artists’ Boot Camp (ABC), an invitation only series of events. The demand for its rigorous and experimental approach has led to the evolution of Artist SupportProjects – Exhibitions including curated shows and Artist Support Projects – Studio Programme.

Artist Support Projects operates within an ethos of trust, creative generosity and critical rigour; fostering opportunity for it’s members and wider artistic community. Past related projects include; The Observer Building Gallery Hastings; contributing and advising on ‘Press Play’ an artist training programme at Spike Island Bristol, run by Emma Gregory. Matthew Burrows is founder of #artistsupportpledge, a Visiting Fellow in Fine Art at the University of Chichester and a Mentor on the Turps Studio Programme London.

Artist Support Projects is currently closed for applications until further notice.


The Studio Programme is a two-day artist development workshop, designed to foster a deeper understanding of artists’ motives, context and studio practice. Through peer critique it uses a bespoke process and methodology to facilitate critical analysis and support participants in making change. The programme includes an assessment of each artist’s current position, develops critical strategies with short and long-term goals, supports the implementation of appropriate working conditions and builds networks.

It is my belief that artists are best placed to inform and support their peers. We know the complexity and pressure, we understand the balance and risk necessary, and feel the critical isolation which can accompany the solitude. 

​Matthew Burrows

The Studio Programme takes a holistic approach examining every aspect of an artist’s practice and context. This intensive process of analysis and reflection has been developed by Matthew over the last ten years through Artist Support Projects. Its success has led to an increased demand to take part and has resulted in the launch of the Studio programme.


The essence of the programme is to create a culture where trust and generosity allow for honest dialogue and debate, infused with the facts and guided by the three-practice development questions. Do we really understand what we are best at, as distinct from what we can be just successful at? Do we really understand what ignites our passion? And do we really understand and practise the conditions that make us most productive? This is developed using stratergies that give a clearer understanding of an individuals values, context and interests.

Day 1 – Introduction to the Studio Programme structure and processes, followed by an intensive day long group critique identifying specific drivers to each artist’s work.

Day 2 – A day long critique structuring a development plan and timetable to help each artist move forward. The workshop is followed up with a document outlining the findings. This is shared amongst participants to create a supportive and critical network. The plan is designed to be renewed by the artist throughout the year and then at regular intervals using the networks developed through the Studio programme.

Fee for the two-day programme: £300


The Studio Programme is aimed at practicing artists with, at least, a BA (Hons) in Fine Art or an equivalent level of experience.


1. A short statement about your work and why you want to do the programme

2. A CV including: full name, contact details (inc: address, telephone and email), education and relevant professional experience

3. Six images of work

Submit by email via the contact form (see ABOUT) or

ref: ASProjects application

​For further details call: 07939 512423