Error & Power - Residency at Home Opportunities for Artists

Deadline: 16/04/2020

Venue: Residency at Home  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Artcore Gallery

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Error & Power - Artist Residency at Home & Online.

Error & Power - Artist Residency and Exhibition Opportunity
Residency: 20 April 2020 – 15 May 2020 
Exhibition: Online throughout the residency period and beyond. Physical exhibition dates to be confirmed

Given that we are now confined to our homes, we’ve decided to change the current Error & Power residency callout to a Residency at Home format so that we can continue to support artists in these difficult times.

Instead of being in residence at Artcore’s building the artists will work from their own space, improvising with whatever materials they have or can get hold of, or perhaps working with digital media, and broadcasting both live and recorded material as the work progresses – the broadcast material could potentiallty be the form or medium of the work, or both. 

We would like to retain the ‘Error & Power’ theme, though given what has happened over the last few weeks you might now interpret this very differently to how you might previously. 

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 two early career artists to take up Residency at Home opportunities 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 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 work for exhibition on-line and, at some future point, at Artcore Gallery in Derby City Centre
  • An Artist blog throughout the residency to share the progress of the work, or potentially to be the form/medium of the work
  • A chance to deliver artist talks - live and recorded - online 
  • Remote mentoring support throughout the residency
  • A catalogue – both digital and physical
  • Publicity and marketing support

Artists will work at home, documenting the creation of the work and broadcasting it through Artcore’s media channels.

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 Artcore and our audiences, and the wider international contemporary arts and cultural sector.

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

Residency timetable: 

Deadline – Please send your submissions by midnight on Thursday 16 April.

Selection will be made on Friday 17 April.

Residency start date: 20 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 although this residency will be undertaken as a Residency at Home, our new Albert Street street building will at some future point be the venue 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 artists
When is the deadline?
Midnight on Thursday 16 April
Are there payments to artists?
Yes, there is a bursary of £800 for each artist.
Is there a private view / opening?
We will host this online, though we would hope there will be a physical exhibition at some future point when we will be able to show the work and have an opening.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The work will be online, so open all hours!
Artcore Gallery is normally open Monday to Saturday, 11am - 5pm.
Does the location have disabled access?
The residency will take the form of a Residency at Home, and work will be shown online.

Unfortunately the exhibition space at Artcore Gallery 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?
No, this is a Residency at Home.
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
- The capacity of the artists' work to engage with Artcore's audience and the wider contemporary visual arts community.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be contacted on or around Friday 17 April and invited to a Skype meeting to discuss taking your proposal forward.

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