OPEN CALL for B&b | Artist Residencies in South East Northumberland

Life at Guide Post Social Club. Photo: Mik Critchlow

Life at Guide Post Social Club. Photo: Mik Critchlow

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and bait are recruiting up to five artists to work over a sustained period of time in different participatory settings in South East Northumberland. These residencies over six months will create opportunities for a number of groups and communities to have a high quality experience working with an artist, along with opportunities to take part in ‘go and see’ visits to studios and exhibitions across the North.

Documentation and artwork created during these residencies will be exhibited in the Quay Gallery at BALTIC and Woodhorn Museum from 17 March until 12 June 2016. The aim is that these residencies will build on the growing enthusiasm for visual arts amongst the groups taking part and will strengthen connections between communities in South East Northumberland, Woodhorn and BALTIC. Representatives of groups already involved with bait will be involved in the artist recruitment process.

Who will you be working with?
We are hoping to work with approx. 4 participant groups who are already connected to the bait programme. The types of groups will potentially include an over 60s bingo club, a young parents group and groups of people who are living with addiction and long term health conditions. In addition, BALTIC and Northumberland Arts Development will be working with teachers based in schools in South East Northumberland.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for up to 5 artists to work in the North East with a strong arts practice and demonstrable experience working with different communities. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to their artistic practice through a strong track record of creating new work through projects, residencies, exhibitions and commissions.

This residency offers the successful applicant a period of time to focus their practice on one area of work or project within a community context. Applicants must be able to work under their own initiative, be able to effectively plan and deliver an end outcome for the residency with the budget and timescale available and have the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.

Please note: Artists working with children/young people under 18years or vulnerable adults will be required to undertake suitable safeguarding procedures.

Documenting and Sharing
Artists and groups will be asked to document and share their processes, conversations and findings throughout the residency period. This information can be captured in whatever form the residency partners feel is appropriate, and need not be restricted to written text and photography.

Artist Fee
£200 +VAT daily rate
Please note: there is budget provision for residency materials, group travel, exhibition and events.

Closing date for applications is 17.00 on 26 June 2015

For more information and to apply, click here.