The William Morris Gallery is inviting applications for a three month residency to take place in the autumn/winter of 2017 (timing negotiable).

The opportunity is aimed at emerging and mid-career artists, providing space and time to become immersed in the Gallery’s world-class collection, explore new approaches, develop your practice and share your ideas with the local community.

The opportunity is open to visual artists working in any medium or discipline, from film and photography to textiles or metalwork. Proposals can engage with any aspect of Morris’s wide ranging legacy, from his approach to craft and design to his ideas about the environment and social equality. We’re looking for new ways of approaching Morris so be bold! Above all we want to understand what you are hoping to get out of the residency and how being in this environment will benefit or enhance your practice.

The residency has been designed to allow artists to be experimental and take risks, which means it is not driven by creating a final piece of work or staging an exhibition. We are really open to artists’ ideas about what the outcomes might be, but there must be opportunities for the public to engage with your practice. Think about which group of people you would like to engage with and be as specific as you can in your application, you do not need to work with the whole community. You may choose to work with one of the Gallery’s existing audiences in a new way, or a new audience who have not engaged with the Gallery before.

Residency Offer

  • Intensive and supported access to the collection and archive
  • An artist fee of £3000
  • A budget of up to £2000 for associated costs (eg materials or events)
  • Publicity and promotion via the Gallery’s communication channels

The residency has been designed to be flexible and we will work with the selected artist(s) to identify specific development needs. The Gallery team can offer curatorial support and support engaging with the local community, but also marketing, fundraising skills, even product development. Please tell us if you have specific ideas about skills you’d like to develop to support your practice.

The deadline for submissions is 10am on Monday 14th August

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