Groundwork South West residency – deadline 13 July 2007

Groundwork South West is looking to engage contemporary artists/arts groups to work alongside our local trust, Groundwork Devon and Cornwall, with the intention of radically reassessing what current contemporary practice could bring to our work and organisation.

We wish to develop an ongoing programme of contemporary art commissioning, and are keen to work with a wide range of practices including; performance/live art, sound art, video/film, installation, media, sculpture, and everything in-between and beyond. We are looking for artists who reflect our own organisation’s ethos and ideals and who therefore have a critical engagement with some or all of the following; public space (both urban and rural), environmental regeneration and sustainability, individual/community empowerment and participation.

To begin this process, we are calling for expressions of interest for artist(s) in residence. The intention is for the selected artist(s) to engage in a residency period with Groundwork, possibly, although not necessarily, culminating in a new piece of work. Engaging creatively with Groundwork’s staff and community-based projects and the process of working is seen to be as important as a final ‘product’. Rather than prescribe a specific outcome, we want to work in collaboration with the chosen artist’s practice and plan the residency accordingly.

To run in conjunction with the commission, we will be offering a mentoring opportunity for current arts students to assist/learn from the artist in residence. There will also be the opportunity for both to gain general training and experience within Groundwork to learn more about our organisation.

The fee for the residency commission is £4,000 (Equivalent to £200 x 20 days). This fee includes travel, subsistence and any production/material costs. Work patterns (full time, part-time etc.) will be negotiable.

Submission details:
Please submit a hardcopy of your CV, artist’s statement and visual material in the form of CDRom, DVD, website URL etc. The artist’s statement should include details of previous relevant work, the approach you would like to take with the residency and how you feel this would benefit your practice. Enclose an SAE for return of materials if applicable.

Deadline for submissions: 13/07/07

Short-listed artists will be contacted no later than 20/07/07 and will be invited to present their work to a final selection panel at our offices in Plymouth on 08/08/07

Residency to start September/October 2007

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Please send submissions to:
Ray White
Strategic Arts Coordinator
Groundwork South West
First Floor, Lyster Court
Queen Alexandra Square
The Millfields
Plymouth PL1 3JB