Open Call - Residency Programme 2016-17 for Visual Artists

The Art House is seeking proposals from artists who would like to take up one of four supported residencies at our purpose built studios in Wakefield to help them develop and extend their practice. The callout is open to all, though at least one of the residencies will be reserved for a disabled artist, and one will be for an artist who will make use of our Print Studio.

We are offering:

• A month long residency at the Art House including:
- An artist’s fee of £1,500 (plus a materials budget up to a maximum of £750)
- Free accommodation in our flat within the Art House building
- Free studio space in the Art House (Studio G22, which is 14.5 square metres in size)
- Free access to a fully equipped print studio, with screen print, etching and laser cutter
- The services of a support technician, as part of our commitment to equality

• An opportunity to show either a new body of work created during the residency, or work in progress in our Project Space and potentially elsewhere in the Art House building. We 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)

• Coaching and mentoring through 1-2-1 sessions with our team to support artists to develop their critical understanding of their artistic practice, marketing, and develop audiences for their work (we will look at artists’ support needs at the start of the residency and put together a package of support).

• Travel expenses up to a maximum of £250 if needed.

We welcome proposals from artists working in all types of contemporary visual art practice, including photography, new media, fine art, artists’ moving image, live art, crafts, design, architecture, site-specific, socially engaged and interdisciplinary practices. If you are successful then an initial conversation will explore your aspirations for this programme, and what other support may be needed and available from the Art House and its partners/associates. We are happy to discuss flexibility if any aspect of the offer needs adapting to suit your needs. We will also accept proposals from artists who would like to work collaboratively with another artist (whether or not they have a collaborator in mind), though in that case the fee would be split between the artists.


The Art House is committed to developing and supporting contemporary art practice and critical debate around it. We are accepting proposals from artists at all stages of their development, and are particularly interested in artists who want to experiment, innovate and extend their practice.

Selected artists will be supported by the Art House team, which includes David Gilbert (a freelance curator and producer), Kerry Harker (formerly at The Tetley and Project Space Leeds), and Printmaker/print technician Laura Slater.

Exhibition opening dates: Each residency will run for a month and culminate in an exhibition or event in one of the following slots:

• 1 March - 1 April 2016, with a public event on 30 March
• 27 April - 27 May 2016, with a public event on 25 May
• 1 July - 29 July 2016, with a public event on 27 July
• 4 January - 27 January 2017, with a public event on 25 January

If appropriate, works will be for sale and The Art House will take a 20% commission on any sales.

Deadline: 12 February 2016