Artist in Residence - Durham Sixth Form Centre

Deadline: 29/06/2021  |  Published: 09/06/2021  |  City: Durham  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Hannah Scully

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Artist-in-residence call out - Durham Sixth Form Centre. Artists can apply to access an inclusive and well-resourced space with a bespoke project, a public exhibition and facilitating opportunities to engage with our wider network and professional development training events.

Durham Sixth Form Centre is seeking an artist-in-residence (AiR) to join our busy and thriving art department for 3 - 6 months. Applications from a wide variety of practices are encouraged and from artists at different stages of their career. This flexible residency will be designed on a bespoke basis for each artist.

Our AiR programme welcomes applications from artists of varying specialisms to develop their practice and aid their professional progression within an educational context. We are committed to providing access to an inclusive and well-resourced space, supporting a bespoke project, a public exhibition and facilitating opportunities to engage with our wider network and professional development training events. 

Situated in the Visual Arts Centre, successful applicants will be given access to facilities such as the kiln, darkroom, drawing tablets, printing presses and Adobe CC suite; as well as the opportunity to engage with students in the 16 - 19 age range through mentoring, workshops and artist talks. By imparting specialist knowledge and raising aspirations, the artist-in-residence is able to give students a unique and inspiring insight into viable careers in the arts and the opportunity to work closely with a creative professional. 

We are particularly interested in working with artists whose project proposals engage our most disadvantaged students, or are keen to develop mentorships and personalised plans with this group alongside their project proposal.

Artist Funding: 

  • Research and practice development grant - £500

  • Funding support towards costs of chosen residency outcome - £200 (exhibition/publication)

  • Contribution towards travel expenses - £10 per week

  • Printing allowance - £5 per month

  • Materials use - within reason

  • Trips - UK local trips 

Boasting a fully accessible campus located in the centre of Durham City, Durham Sixth Form Centre recruits students from over fifty secondary schools across the North East. Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, DSFC is a truly embracing and dynamic organisation committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunities and providing an environment in which students and employees alike can develop their potential. 

The Arts Faculty offers an extensive range of A Levels and Level 3 equivalent courses as well as a Level 4 Art Foundation course across visual, performing, media and written arts. In addition, we run and participate in high-profile public events such as The Big Draw, Debating Matters and Lumiere as well as maintaining strong relationships with cultural organisations. Our commitment to arts and culture is further supported by our Artsmark Platinum status.

Successful applicants will benefit from:

  • A research and practice development grant of £500 to be paid in instalments 

  • Support, planning and promotional costs linked to a public exhibition (or chosen residency outcome) of work produced during the residency  

  • Contribution towards travel and printing expenses 

  • Studio and secure storage space

  • Agreed use of facilities and materials

  • Access to the wider networks and partners of Durham Sixth Form Centre, including free attendance at network and CPD events 

  • Support and promotion of social platforms, current work, events and exhibitions across Durham Sixth Form Centre’s social platforms 

  • Advice and sustained support surrounding professional progression - including interview preparation, CV advice and references 

  • The opportunity to engage with students aged 16 - 19 years

  • The opportunity to engage with the local community through public workshops (Covid dependent)

Successful applicants will work with staff to create a bespoke programme of support within the school setting, which could include:

  • A bespoke project

  • Workshop/artist talk

  • Tutorials with students from A level and Foundation Art

  • Portfolio advice sessions with students aiming to progress to university 

Application procedure: 


Application deadline 22nd June (midnight)

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Zoom interviews for shortlisted candidates 

w/c 12.7.21

Successful candidates will be offered a school tour/residency induction before summer holidays and will be required to complete DBS paperwork (cost covered by the school) as well as the AiR contract

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Residency start date 

Bespoke residency length, structure and exhibition/residency outcome date to be discussed as part of initial contract alongside agreed use of facilities and artists educational offer.

Applicants will be selected by quality of proposal and strength of practice, appropriate to an educational context.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, there may need to be changes to this timeline which we can negotiate and discuss in line with the latest guidelines and advice. 

Accessibility: Audio/video applications will be considered See example/instructions here

Our previous artist-in-residence, Lizzie Lovejoy, said the following about the programme: 

"The AiR programme at DSFC has significantly aided me in the development of my creative practice, allowing me to make use of the vital studio space and equipment. I have been proud to work with artistic and dedicated students, gaining further experience in developing workshops and the collaborative studio life. I loved my time as a student in this space and I have loved working here just as much! The staff and students have all been so brilliant."

Lizzie is now Artist of Change at Stockton Arc

Useful links:

DSFC Art Instagram -

School Website -

DSFC AiR Site -

Community Foundation Article -


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Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Social media / printed invites / mailing lists
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will be in touch very soon to organise a tour of the space
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
We are open to all proposals, but we are especially keen to hear how artists may work with some of our most disadvantaged students

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