Experimental Studio 2018 residency and exhibition

Deadline: 31/10/2017  |  Published: 30/08/2017  |  Venue: Abject 2 Gallery  |  City: Newcastle upon Tyne  |  Region: Tyne and Wear  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Breeze Creatives

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The Experimental Studio residencies, established in 2014, offer contemporary artists working in any discipline to benefit from the opportunity of working for a concentrated period of time, supported by a communal environment, including the ongoing exhibition and events programme in the gallery and the opportunity to interact on both a formal and informal basis with other artists elsewhere in the studio and gallery centre, Bamburgh House. Whilst previous rounds of The Experimental Studio gave no brief to the participating artists, the fifth round is inviting responses to The Great Exhibition of the North.

From the GEOTH literature:

The Great Exhibition of the North will be the largest event in England in 2018 and a game-changing moment for the North. It will reveal to the world how the North of England’s great art and culture, design and innovation has shaped all our lives and is building the economy of tomorrow. The dramatic story of the North, told in imaginative and powerful ways, will instill local pride and inspire people to pursue exciting lives and careers in the North. By attracting visitors from near and far, it will transform global perceptions of Northern England and showcase the opportunities and possibilities available to all.

From coal to code, from warehouses to world-class contemporary arts, from steam engines to smart cities, the Great Exhibition will reveal and revel in today’s creative, digital and intellectual revolution. The North creates and exports life-changing ideas, culture and products and we will be celebrating how the inventive and radical spirit of the past lives on today and shapes the way we will all live tomorrow, through the following:

Who we are (e.g. identity, diversity & community) Where we live (e.g. architecture & housing) What we eat (e.g. food & drink) What we wear (e.g. fashion & fabrics) How we are entertained (e.g. sport, film & music) How we travel (e.g. from trains to driverless cars & Hyperloop, including space travel) How long we’ll live (e.g. medical advances, health & wellbeing) How we can live sustainably (e.g. global warming & the environment)

The residency will take the form of a 4 week period of use Abject 2 Gallery during June/July 2018 as studio space to develop and install the work, and then a 5 week exhibition in July/August 2018 during the period of the GEOTN.

The Experimental Studio residency differs from the official GEOTN commissions in that it is not restricted to artists from the North of England, and is open internationally.

Residencies are open to artists in any field of practice. There are no restrictions in terms of age or nationality of artists, although applicants should note that this is a non-residential opportunity and any required accommodation must be arranged by the artist. Normal studio access times are Monday-Sunday 8am-11pm.

Fifth Round 2018 residency will include

  • Artists’ bursary of £2000.
  • 4 week use of Abject 2 Gallery for residency studio space.
  • Exhibition in Abject 2 Gallery at the time of The Great Exhibition of The North (July/August 2018).
  • Use of facilities and equipment in Bamburgh House.
  • Opportunity to work among and exhibit along with other contemporary artists.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria

  • Concept and project potential.
  • Fitting with the concept of The Great Exhibition of the North.
  • Relevant experience of artist.
  • Possibility of completing proposal within the required time-frame.


  • Application deadline – 31/10/2017.
  • Artists will be informed of the results of selection on 30/11/2017.
  • 4 week studio residency period between June and July 2018 (exact dates negotiable).
  • 5 week exhibition during July/August 2018.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Residencies are open to artists in any field of practice. There are no restrictions in terms of age or nationality of artists.
When is the deadline?
How much does it cost?
There is no application fee.
Are there payments to artists?
There is a bursary of £2000 to cover fee and materials.
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes. Date of preview for exhibition to be decided upon in conjunction with the artist.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Wed-Sat, 12pm-5pm
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes. The residency takes place on the second floor to which there is lift access. A disabled toilet is also available.
Do I need to be present?
Yes. The residency is venue based but there is no requirement to be present at specific hours and you do not have to be present for the length of the exhibition.
What are the selection criteria?
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

Concept and project potential.
Fitting with the concept of The Great Exhibition of the North.
Relevant experience of artist.
Possibility of completing proposal within the required time-frame.
Is there a brief for the work?
Whilst previous rounds had no brief, the fifth round solicits proposals that fit the brief of The Great Exhibition of the North.
Can I apply as a group?
Yes. The residency is open to solo artists, groups or collectives.
Can I expand upon an existing body of work?
Of course, but the resultant exhibition must contain an element of new work produced during the residency period.
Are applicants required to hold formal fine art qualifications?
How big is the gallery?
The gallery is approximately 14.5m x 8.5m, plus a blacked out screening room.
What facilities are available?
There are workshop areas with a range of tools, gallery projection equipment, PA system, a dedicated screening room, and numerous miscellaneous equipment such as scaffolding rigs etc.
Is a kiln available?
We do not have a kiln on site and the gallery is unsuitable for installing one due to fire alarm, ventilation and power restrictions.

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