Material Matters Artist Research Residency

Deadline: 15/05/2021  |  Published: 01/04/2021  |  Venue: Sunny Bank Mills  |  City: Leeds  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Sunny Bank Mills

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Sunny Bank Mills is pleased to announce applications are now open for the Material Matters Artist Research Residency; a collaboration between Sunny Bank Mills Gallery and the Sunny Bank Mills Textile Archive.

Material Matters

Taking place in the Sunny Bank Mills Gallery from June 12th- August 1st 2021, Material Matters is an exhibition exploring the notion that traditionally, stone, metal, clay, and wood were carved, moulded, and cast to make sculpture. Material Matters explores how artists working today use, adapt or manipulate these traditional materials or processes to make contemporary sculptural work. All of the artists exhibiting in Material Matters consider the role of craft in sculpture and the exciting juxtapositions that materials can initiate. The exhibition features work by Rhian Cooke, Hannah Robson, Ian Jackson, and Connor Shields alongside work by Bijan Amini-Alavijeh, Katrina Cowling, Clare Holdstock, Dominic Hopkinson, Becca Macdonald, Julia McKinlay, Laura Porter, James Thompson, Jane Walkley, Mary Watson, and Lee Mok Yee. You can find out more about the exhibition on the Sunny Bank Mills website.

The Residency

To accompany the Material Matters exhibition; the Gallery and arts team are seeking applications for an artist to take part in a funded research residency. This residency has been created to provide an artist with time, space and funding to focus on their practice without the demands of deadlines or obligations to produce specific work. You might have a project in mind you'd like to work on developing, or you might like to be inspired by researching in the archive to start developing a new project, body of work or research.

We are particularly interested in applications from artists with an interest in researching and experimenting with; sculpture, textiles, materials, making and craft processes, and textile or industrial heritage. We welcome applications from artists who haven't undertaken formal arts education.

Details

The selected artist will be given 24/7 access to our residency studio, a fee of £1200, support from the Sunny Bank Mills Arts team (Alice Chandler and Jane Kay) and access to the Sunny Bank Mills Archive and Archive curator Rachel Moaby, to concentrate solely upon research and the development of their own work. Please note access to the Archive is on Monday or by arrangement due to staff hours. 


The residency dates can be discussed with the Sunny Bank Mills Team but would need to take place between 12th June and 1st August 2021. The funding for the residency is based on 4 days a week for 1 month, but this could be discussed (eg 3 days a week for 6 weeks) based on the individual's needs. Access to the residency studio is 24/7.  

There is no accommodation included in the residency, so this would suit an artist/researcher based in Leeds or Yorkshire. 

The residency is supported thanks to funding from Arts Council England. 

Please contact us if you have any specific questions about the opportunity before you apply.

About Sunny Bank Mills

Sunny Bank Mills is an inspirational commercial and cultural destination in the heart of the local community of Farsley, Leeds. Founded in 1829, these glorious Mills are being regenerated by the sixth generation of the family owners, creating a wonderful blend of work, leisure and culture. Sunny Bank Mills offer beautifully restored creative business spaces for both small and large organisations. Sunny Bank Mills Gallery is the epicentre of our arts programme, spanning exhibitions, workshops, studio spaces and events, and the Sunny Bank Mills Archive protects and promotes the history of the mill and the community. 

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About Sunny Bank Mills Archive

Sunny Bank Mills Archive safeguards the history of the Mill for its local community and future generations through textiles, objects and stories. Containing over 60,000 lengths of cloth, 8000 fabric designs, 5000 dye cards, guard books and artefacts associated with nearly 200 years of cloth production it is a source of inspiration to history lovers, artists and anyone fascinated by heritage and textiles.

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When is the deadline?
15th May
Eligibility
There is no accommodation included in the residency, so this would suit an artist/researcher based in Leeds or Yorkshire. We are particularly interested in applications from artists with an interest in researching and experimenting with; sculpture, textiles, materials, making and craft processes, and textile or industrial heritage.
Please contact us if you have any specific questions about the opportunity or access before you appl
arts@sunnybankmills.co.uk
Are there payments to artists?
There is a fee of £1200.

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