Berwick Visual Arts and Centre for Rural Economy 2016-17 Artists Residency

Deadline for submissions: 06/06/2016  |  City: Berwick-upon-Tweed  |  Region: Northumberland  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Created by: Berwick Visual Arts

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Berwick Visual Arts is pleased to announce its fourth residency opportunity for visual artists, in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University, which specialises in teaching and research on rural development. The residency is an opportunity for an artist working in any art form to respond to rural issues within the context of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Northumberland, to draw on the resources offered by the CRE to inform the production of new work, and to bring new approaches to rural research at the centre. In this year's residency we seek creative thinking and expression about questions of scale that meet community needs and challenge research questions.

Introduction

Berwick Visual Arts is pleased to announce its fourth residency opportunity for visual artists, in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University, which specialises in teaching and research on rural development.

The residency is an opportunity for an artist working in any art form to respond to rural issues within the context of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Northumberland, to draw on the resources offered by the CRE to inform the production of new work, and to bring new approaches to rural research at the centre.

Artists eligibility

The residency opportunity is open to UK and internationally based artists.The residency opportunity requires the applicant artist to have been out of college (BA graduate) for a minimum of 3 years. Those who have completed an MA and / or PhD are also welcome to apply.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to their artistic practice through a track record of creating new work through projects, exhibitions and commissions.

Applicants must be able to work under their own initiative, be able to plan and deliver an outcome for the residency within the budget and timescale available and have the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people including research staff at CRE.

About the theme of the residency

‘Scale’

Research in rural areas has long focused on households, neighbourhoods, communities, regions. How can we conceptualise the negotiation between the national, the international and the local? How do we think, act and move across and between different scales? Is there an appropriate level for knowledge exchange, policy action or engagement? Is there a rural scale?

In this year's residency we seek creative thinking and expression about questions of scale that meet community needs and challenge research questions. We are looking for applications from artists working in any art form who will respond to this theme within the context of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Northumberland.

In the application, the artist’s proposals should demonstrate an initial concept; project or way of working that will explore this theme during the residency and demonstrate how you will deliver this – though we are aware that proposals will evolve once the successful artist is resident in the town.

Residency practicalities

The residency is for a 6 month period and the artist is required to produce an outcome for public display in Berwick-upon-Tweed at the end of the residency period, with the potential to show work in the towns Gymnasium Gallery or to create an outcome that is not gallery based.

The artist is expected to begin the residency in early October 2016 and to live and work in Berwick for the residency period.

Berwick Visual Arts provides a small studio for the artist in The Maltings Theatre & Cinema and also a one-bedroom flat in the town for the duration of the residency.

CRE will provide hot desk space for the artist and access to the library and facilities at the University to support any research activity. It also has strong links with the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University enabling access to the Fine Art Department and Culture Lab at Newcastle University.

The successful artist is expected to engage with staff at the CRE and join (or organise) discussions and seminars where appropriate. Monthly meetings will take place at Newcastle University with CRE and BVA staff to inform and support the development of the artwork, and to ensure that the artist is well embedded in research and academic networks.

However this activity will also need to be balanced with the importance of maximising the artist time in Berwick-upon-Tweed and developing relationships with those who live and work within the town.

The artist in residence will also be expected to provide up to 4 talks / presentations about their work during the period of the residency both in Berwick and Newcastle.

Fees

The fee available for the residency is up to £8,000. This figure is based on a residency period of 6 months spent living and working in the area. This figure is inclusive of artist’s commission fee, material costs and production costs for the final outcome.

There may be options to apply for further funds through Newcastle University for additional aspects of the residency programme, if this supports specific strands of research and /or encourages public engagement in university research.

Berwick Visual Arts can also offer advice and guidance to develop further artist-led funding applications to support the development of any outcomes from the residency period.

The funding available remains the same when applied to artist collaboration, where 2 or more artists work as one practice.

Application process

Artists are asked to submit their proposals via the online form. Shortlisted artists will be invited for interview in Berwick-upon-Tweed on Tuesday 28 June 2016.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed for those artists who are based in the UK. International artists will be invited to undertake interview via Skype.

 Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Eligibility of artist.
  • Artistic merit of examples previous work submitted.
  • Strength of written proposal – including concept and response to themes.
  • Impact and benefits to artists own practice. 
  • Impact and benefit to Berwick-upon Tweed, Berwick Visual Arts and Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University.

Application deadline in Monday 6 June at 5pm.

For more information about Berwick Visual Arts go to www.berwickvisualarts.co.uk

For more information about the Centre for Rural Economy go to www.ncl.ac.uk/cre

Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
The residency opportunity is open to UK and internationally based artists.

The residency opportunity requires the applicant artist to have been out of college (BA graduate) for a minimum of 3 years. Those who have completed an MA and / or PhD are also welcome to apply.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to their artistic practice through a track record of creating new work through projects, exhibitions and commissions.

Applicants must be able to work under their own initiative, be able to plan and deliver an outcome for the residency within the budget and timescale available and have the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people including research staff at CRE.
When is the deadline?
Monday 6 June at 5pm (UK Time)
Are there payments to artists?
The fee available for the residency is up to £8,000. This figure is based on a residency period of 6 months spent living and working in the area. This figure is inclusive of artist’s commission fee, material costs and production costs for the final outcome.

There may be options to apply for further funds through Newcastle University for additional aspects of the residency programme, if this supports specific strands of research and /or encourages public engagement in university research.

Berwick Visual Arts can also offer advice and guidance to develop further artist-led funding applications to support the development of any outcomes from the residency period.

The funding available remains the same when applied to artist collaboration, where 2 or more artists work as one practice.
What is the selection criteria?
Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

• Eligibility of artist
• Artistic merit of examples previous work submitted.

• Strength of written proposal – including concept and response to themes.
• Impact and benefits to artists own practice.

• Impact and benefit to Berwick-upon Tweed, Berwick Visual Arts and Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University.

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