Walthamstow Wetlands relaunched at the end of October 2017 with a redeveloped visitor Centre in an old Victorian engine building. An urban nature reserve, the redevelopment has also created the opportunity for contemporary art interventions in different spaces across the site. They wish to celebrate the opening by launching a new contemporary art residency and commissioning programme, with the first residency running from beginning end of January 2018 to April 2018.
This residency will be the start of a three year programme of residencies and commissions for Walthamstow Wetlands. The programme will be open to artists at any stage of their career but will involve significant engagement and physical presence on site. The selected artist will work onsite to make new site specific work and interact with activities across their programme from informal conversations with users of the café and shop, to artist led walks, workshops, schools activities, evening events and more.
This first three month residency running from end of Jan 2018 – April 2018, will centre on the theme of migration. The residency will explore migration – of birds, people and wildlife – and research the heritage and contemporary environment of the wetlands and re-present this through open studio events, workshops and site specific interventions in the Swift Tower and outdoor spaces.
Deadline for proposals: 9am, Monday 20 November 2017.
The full artist and residency brief can be found here.