Berwick Visual Arts Artist’s Residency 17/18
Berwick Visual Arts is pleased to announce its fifth annual residency opportunity for visual artists, in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University, which specialises in teaching and research on rural development.
The residency is an opportunity for an artist working in any visual art form to respond to rural issues within the context of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Northumberland, to draw on the resources offered by the CRE to inform the production of new work, and to bring new approaches to rural research at the Centre.
For this year’s residency we invite applicants to respond to the theme of ‘Materials and Materiality’
The landscape of the rural: nature, the rocks, soil, and water ways, together with the human-made buildings and infrastructure, appear to suggest the obvious materiality of place. This is though just one aspect of the materiality of the rural. Rural space is not an empty container nor a site of resources waiting to be exploited.
The material world has an agency and history of its own, it is constantly changing, forming complex systems with the human and non-human world. The cat’s cradle of relations that crisscross the rural landscape rather than the stuff of which things are made, offer a challenging opportunity for an artist.
What might these complex relations mean for the development of policy affecting the rural? What part might the histories of materials play? How might communities actively live with the materiality of the environment in ways that benefit both?
The artist is expected to begin the residency in early October 2017 for a six month period and to live and work in Berwick for the residency period.
A bursary of £7500 is awarded to the successful artist and accommodation and studio space in Berwick-upon-Tweed is provided by Berwick Visual Arts.
For full application guidelines and details of how to apply please follow this link: www.curatorspace.com//opportunities/detail/berwick-visual-art-and-centre-for-rural-economy-artists-residency/1292
Deadline for applications is Monday 29 May at 5pm and shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in Berwick-upon-Tweed on Tuesday 13 June 2017.