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The Art House provide time, space and support for artists to develop their work and connect with audiences.They do this through residencies and artist commissions, artist mentoring, focused on artist development, artist-led sharing of best practice, physical and virtual exhibitions, workshops and events. The artistic programme is as much about giving artists opportunities to develop their practice, explore and experiment as it is about exhibiting finished work. Although they have some exhibition space, they are not a gallery: we are focused on exploring the process of making good art and artists’ practice, rather than the finished art itself. They run 4 solo residencies throughout the year, designed to give residency artists time, a place to develop and realise creative ideas and make work. Each residency is a month-long funded opportunity for a visual artist – they provide them with a studio, accommodation, access to resources, support and an opportunity to exhibit their work (or work in progress) at the end of their residency.
They expect the artist to show either a new body of work created during the residency, or work in progress. They also expect artists to keep a residency blog, participate in an artist’s talk, and if appropriate to run a workshop relating to their practice) at the Art House - or elsewhere in Wakefield if the work is site-specific or made for the public realm.