Error & Power - Artist Residency and Exhibition Opportunity

Deadline: 02/04/2020  |  Published: 10/03/2020  |  Venue: Residency at Artore, 3 Charnwood St, Derby DE1 2GT, and exhibition at Artcore Gallery, 8 Albert Stre  |  City: Derby  |  Region: Derbyshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Ruchita Shaikh

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Error & Power - Artist Residency and Exhibition Opportunity Residency: 14 April 2020 – 22 May 2020 Exhibition: 29 May 2020 – 13 June 2020

The Residency Opportunities:

“It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.”

Miles Davis

We are looking for one or two early career artists to take up supported part-time residencies with Artcore, responding to the title ‘Error & Power’.

The artistic strategy of creating space for chance, unintentional mistakes and errors to occur and to shape the artist’s work has a long history, and this residency is an opportunity for two resident artists to explore the relationship between their practice and error – deliberate or accidental. We particularly want to look at technological error – the glitch, the hack, the syntax error – in media arts practice and political activism, as a response to the pervasive power of technology, and its acts of control, regulation, prevention, its power to both  liberate and enslave its users, though we are open to proposals in any visual art medium. 

The aim of the residency is to understand how error is used by artists, for what purposes, and with what outcomes, and its relationship to technological and political power, the characteristics of which are control regulation, prevention, and normalization.

We are offering each artist:

  • An Artist bursary of £800 to produce exhibition ready work
  • A studio space for the duration of the residency
  • An opportunity to exhibit the work produced during the residency
  • Artist blog
  • A chance to deliver artist talks
  • Mentoring support throughout the residency
  • A catalogue
  • An option to deliver workshops or participatory projects
  • Publicity and marketing support

We would anticipate the artists being present at Artcore for at least three days each week through the residency period. There is no additional budget for travel and accommodation, so ideally artists should live within a reasonable travelling distance of Derby, or be able to base themselves in Derby for the residency period.

We welcome applications from artists working in any visual arts discipline, and with a cross-disciplinary practice. 

We expect artists to have a commitment to developing their practice, and to engaging in dialogue with the local communities and the wider international contemporary arts and cultural sector. 

We welcome artists with an interest in how sharing space and collaborative working can inform the development of their work. 

We expect to retain a selection of the artworks produced during the residency to be part of Artcore collection. 

Residency timetable: 

Deadline – Please send your submissions by midnight on Thursday 2 April.

Selection will be made on Friday 3 April.

Residency start date: 14 April

Residency end date: 22 May

Exhibition dates: 29 May – 13 June

How to Apply:

Applications should be made through Curatorspace 

About Artcore:

Artcore supports and promotes the work of contemporary artists and uses art to bring about positive changes to the lives of people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds. Its main activities include exhibitions, residencies, screenings, talks and festivals alongside daily workshops for adults and young people.

Artcore is a visual arts charity with bases on Charnwood and Albert Street, working within communities locally, nationally and internationally. It endeavours to operate as a cultural hub; fuelling active engagement for a diverse range of communities in Derby, the East Midlands and beyond. Artcore’s long-term objective is to use arts and crafts as a vehicle to strengthen community cohesion, educate, raise awareness and provide a platform for development. Through its creative work it is committed to bringing change into the lives of people of all ages, abilities, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Artcore is also an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. 

Our Location:

Derby has a developing visual arts culture, with galleries at QUAD, Derby Museum & Art Gallery and at Artcore, a University with Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in the School of Arts, and much DIY activity across the City. Artcore has hosted two annual Visual Arts Summits, and is the lead organisation in supporting the development of the visual arts ecology of Derby.

We have recently taken on a large City Centre space, and this residency will use our Charnwood Street buiklding for the residency, and our new Albert Street building for the exhibition, placing your work in a prominent new visual arts space right in the heart of Derby.


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Early career visual artists.
When is the deadline?
Midnight on Thursday 2nd April
Are there payments to artists?
There is a bursary of £800 for each selected artist, from which the majority of the residency expenses will be covered.
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes, Friday 29th May.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Monday to Saturday, 11am - 5pm.
Does the location have disabled access?
Unbfortunately the exhibition space is on the upper floor which is not currently wheelchair accessible -though we hope to rectify this in 2021 when we have raised funds to renovate the building. It would be possible to work on the fully accessible ground floor if necessary.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Press and marketing support from our team, social media and email marketing, a dedicated artists' blog, a printed and E-Catalogue
Do I need to be present?
Yes. We expect the artists to be in residence for a minimum of 3 days a week during the residency period.
How do you decide on proposals?
We will select based on:
- Innovation and originality
- The quality and creativity of the project
- The coherence of the project and how it will develop the career of the candidate
- The viability of the project and how suitable Artcore media and work spaces are for the proposed project
- The capacity of the artists' work to engage with local communities and Artcore's audience
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be emailed on or around Friday 3rd April and invited to come to Artcore to discuss your proposal or for a Skype meeting if you can't come to us.

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