Destination Dartmoor - Arts-Heritage Group Residency

Deadline: 04/12/2022

City: Bracken Tor, Okehampton, Devon  |  Region: Devon  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Mayes Creative

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Destination Dartmoor - Group Artist Residency (23 - 26 Jan 2023). A fantastic opportunity to spend time with like-minded people in the inspiring location of Bracken Tor nestled on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in walking distance from the newly reopened Okehampton Railway Station. This fascinating opportunity is curated to inspire art practitioners, researchers and thinkers alike.

About the Residency

This residency offers an opportunity to contribute to our exciting arts and heritage Destination Dartmoor project, which celebrates the return of a direct train route to Dartmoor - selected work from residency artists will be included in our final exhibition, see below.

We reside at Bracken Tor YHA, set on the edge of the highest part of Dartmoor National Park. This old manor house is located in its own woods above Okehampton, Devon, within 4 acres of the landscaped garden providing a beautiful venue, where you can walk straight out onto Dartmoor. There are lots of flora and fauna to explore. 

We welcome all art forms, with the residency providing an opportunity to immerse in the story of the Dartmoor Line, originally used to give access to Meldon Quarry and Glassworks, via the listed Meldon iron Viaduct, one of only two remaining in the UK. We celebrate the reopening of Okehampton Railway Station and the access it brings to Dartmoor National Park.

We encourage creatives, researchers and enthusiasts of all disciplines; if you know anyone you think would be interested in the residency, please encourage them to apply.

Our residencies have a relaxed environment with plenty of time to immerse yourselves in your practice or research. We encourage everyone to share enthusiasm and relevant research; our overview project theme ‘Destination Dartmoor' is connected to star stories, astronomy, winter wildlife, geology, and local heritage.


We invite you to showcase your work through our networking channels and contribute to our social media platforms. Additionally, if taken up, each artist will have a section on the Mayes Creative website dedicated to their work on this residency.

Participants will be invited to submit artwork created in response to the residency for inclusion in our Destination Dartmoor project exhibition at the Museum and/or at the Okehampton Station museum and shop later in 2023.


This hostel offers communal spaces, both indoor and outdoor. We will be adhering to all current Covid-19 regulations and government guidelines. Check out our FAQs and don't hesitate to get in touch using the enquiry form.

The hostel has a well-equipped self-catering kitchen. There are lots of facilities in the nearby Okehampton, including eateries, pubs and supermarkets.

Further Details:

Taking the theme of Destination Dartmoor we consider the stories of local heritage, stars, wildlife and winter on the edges of the Dartmoor National Park, looking at how people have lived and worked this special landscape since prehistory.

Planned Residency Schedule:

Monday - 10-10.30, arrival and welcome meeting at 10.30 followed by Hidden worlds of Dartmoor walk, exploring the fungus and lichen around Bracken Tor. Afternoon personal research time. Evening talk about the prehistory of Dartmoor.

Tuesday - 9-11. Visit to Okehampton Railway Station, Walk and Talk by Dartmoor Railway Association leader. 11.25 we will take the return Dartmoor Line train to Crediton - tea and cake at the cafe. Time to explore Okehampton in the afternoon (Okehampton Norman Castle/early electrical arcade etc.)

Wednesday - Morning visit to Meldon Viaduct and Quarry. Afternoon, personal research time.

Thursday - check out at 10 am. Car share then walk to Rough Tor and Yes Tor (weather dependent)

Schedule may change due to weather :)

All residency activities are optional to allow for flexible artist research time.

£249 - full price per person

1 x £99 concessionary rate place is available to an artist in need of support. These will be chosen by need, enthusiasm and artist portfolio and/or statement. There will be the opportunity to apply for this within the application form.

Prices include shared accommodation for three nights in this stunning location and full use of the hostel, which includes a dining/work room with a long table which can be shared as a temporary workspace. 

Please note that all accommodation is shared, but with only 1 person per bunk bed, allocated by gender. We will discuss details with you before your stay to make sure you are comfortable with the arrangements.

If there are spaces free at the end of round one, there will be a second call announced.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists, creatives, thinkers, researchers
When is the deadline?
The first round of submissions and the initial deadline for all applications is midnight on 4th December 2022.
A second round, if all places are not filled, will be announced shortly after the above date.
How much does it cost?
£249 per person for a 3-nights accommodation with activities over 4 days at Bracken Tor YHA with full access to the hostel and residency content and activities.
1 x £99 per person supported places (see below). This will be chosen by need, enthusiasm and artist portfolio and/or statement.
Food, drink and travel are not included.
Are there payments to artists?
Does the location have disabled access?
Please see YHA accessibility webpage for details.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Work which is created from residency themes will be shared online via Mayes Creative's social media and web channels. Additionally, if taken up, each artist will have a section on the Mayes Creative website dedicated to their work on this residency.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will let you know that your proposal has been chosen and we will send you a link to our bookings site.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Those who show an interest in the residency themes and also participants who would be potential future collaborators. We are especially keen on meeting people with a related research interest.
What are the selection criteria?
We are keen to encourage artists who have relevant interests and research practices to our Destination Dartmoor themes. We are also looking for a mix of creative practices so that everyone can benefit from considering alternative approaches to the thematic material.
What happens in the case of a national lockdown or a Covid-19 related complication?
We will be following current government guidelines relating to covid-19 regulations. We will also respect the participant's decision to socially distance themselves.
In the event of a national lockdown, we will reimburse all payments made to participants.
Cancellation Policy
A 50% refund will be made for cancellations received 20 days before the date of arrival, No refund thereafter, unless we can fill your space.

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