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Arts residency

Published on 06 January 2017

Arts residency

The University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, in partnership with Carlisle City Council, announces Immersion/Emergence, a new artist residency project at The Old Fire Station, Carlisle, supported by Arts Council England. The project invites artists to take up residence in the City and develop new work in response to the urban and rural landscape of the city-region after last year’s flood. Working in partnership with Carlisle City Council, artists will have access to office and exhibition space within the Old Fire Station to use as a lab for research, production and exposition.

The selection process will be in two stages, thereby offering opportunities for a greater number of artists.  Stage One is an open-call from 03 January 2017 for artists to submit a written proposal that links their project idea to existing practice.  Upon receipt of the applications by the deadline of 03 February 2017 the Immersion/Emergence Project Panel will meet to select 6 artists, each of whom will receive a bursary of £300 to enable them to develop their proposal. These developed submissions will form an exhibition at The Old Fire Station that will run from 13 March to 24 April 2017 inclusive. During the research and development period artists will be invited to present their ideas to the Project Panel.

The exhibition Immersion/Emergence Phase One will open on the evening of Thursday 16 March 2017 when we will also announce the two successful artists who will receive a bursary of £5,000 together with use of office and creative space within The Old Fire Station for a period of 20 days over a four-month period.  Artists will have access to specialist resources at the University’s Brampton Road campus during the residency and will deliver a lecture and tutorials to students to stimulate and extend discourse across the project.  In addition, each artist will host a public lecture/discussion event at the Old Fire Station.  The residency will culminate in the exhibition of new work, Immersion/Emergence Phase Two at The Old Fire Station from 30 October to 01 December 2017.

Cllr. Anne Quilter, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure said, “we are delighted to have formed a partnership with the University of Cumbria.  We are committed to delivering a cultural offer for the City of Carlisle and this activity demonstrates a significant step-change to how we work together to provide opportunities for artists across a range of forms whilst recognising the economic value of their work.”

Roddy Hunter, Director of the Institute of the Arts, commented “As artists and educators, we are committed to our community and city and promote artistic practice as important and unique in exploring the world around us, with all its social, economic and environmental complexities. We are delighted to work in partnership with the City Council and with Arts Council support to make a significant contribution toward placing the arts at the centre of the City’s renewal following Storm Desmond last year.”

For further information on the residency programme or to request an application form please contact Carolyn Hodgson on [email protected]  

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