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Berwick Residencies, Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK
Berwick Visual Arts is an initiative of The Maltings (Berwick) Trust, which is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation. Not tied to one building or space, the residencies now being offered widen the scope of possibilities for artists to research and develop a project and/or new work. The residency programme will enable artists to respond to what Berwick offers in terms of its unique history, coastal and border location, unusual spaces, archives and collections, social contexts and to work with its people.
For the first residency beginning in early 2013 Berwick Visual Arts is working in collaboration with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival to offer an artist working with moving image the opportunity to show the resulting work as part of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in late September 2013.
The residency is for a 6 month period and is required to produce an outcome for the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2013 which will take place during September 2013. The residency should start between January and April 2013.
Each year Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival responds to a chosen theme, and in 2013 it will explore the region’s long-standing historical, industrial and cultural links with Northern Europe, through cinema and the moving image. Straddling the English-Scottish Border, the 2013 Festival will look North by North East, through Scotland, across to Nordic, Scandinavian and Baltic countries, and over the North Sea that connects them. The residency artist will need to respond to this theme and work within the context of Berwick-upon-Tweed itself.
Berwick Visual Arts is also interested in artists who take an interdisciplinary approach to their work and those who engage in socially engaged practice.
The funding available for the residency is up to £12,000. This figure is based on a residency period of 6 months spent living and working in the area. This figure is inclusive of artist’s commission fee, accommodation in Berwick and material costs. Production and exhibition costs for the final outcome of the residency will be supported by Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and agreed through further discussion with the festival.
The funding available remains the same when applied to an artist collaboration, where 2 or a group of artists work as one practice.
The residency opportunity requires the applicant artist to have been out of college (BA graduate) for a minimum of 3 years and to be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to their artistic practice and evidence a body of work and strong track record, through new work, projects, exhibitions, publishing, and/or commissions.
Artists are asked to submit their proposals by completing the application form. The deadline for applications in 5pm on Monday 22nd October.
Shortlisted artists will be invited for interview during the week beginning the 12th November 2012. A payment of £150-200 will be given to those artists invited to interview and who are travelling from outside the area to cover travel and subsistence. Read more about the application process and the criteria for selection in the application pack.
For more information, please download the application pack including artists brief and application form here.
If you have any questions about the opportunity or application process please contact James Lowther – Head of Visual Arts for Berwick Visual Art please email at email@example.com.