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Entries in Artist Residencies (15)


AirSpace Gallery micro-residency


AirSpace Gallery, in partnership with the Artist Development programme run by The New Art Gallery Walsall with Turning Point West Midlands, is offering an artist the opportunity of a two week micro-residency at their gallery in the centre of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. 

The successful applicant will have exclusive use of the Gallery as a studio space for this period as well as curatorial and technical support from the AirSpace Directors. Artists can work in any medium and are invited to respond to the theme of celebration and winter festivals. The selected artist is invited to make a work which will be on display in AirSpace Gallery’s window until 8 January 2016.

The selected artist will receive a fee of £500 and a further £250 towards materials and travel.  Free accommodation can also be provided if required.

More information and the application form can be found here.

Deadline for applications:  5pm, Sunday 18 October 2015.



Mexico City residency opportunity

In a collaboration between Birmingham-based Grand Union and SOMA (Mexico City), an arts practitioner from the West Midlands will be selected to spend one month in residence at SOMA during September 2015. This forms one leg of an exchange which sees Grand Union welcoming an artist from SOMA during December 2015.

The opportunity is open to artists, writers and curators based in the West Midlands. More information can be found here.

Deadline: 12pm, Friday 26 June 2015.



Elizabeth Rowe - Dudmaston Hall TPWM Residency

Dudmaston Hall © Michael Caldwell

Elizabeth Rowe will be in residence at Dudmaston Hall, a National Trust property in Shropshire until November 2013 as part of a Turning Point West Midlands funded residency.

On Thursday 6 June (6.30-8.30pm) there will be a private viewing of Sir George Labouchere’s Modern Art collection at the Hall. The evening will include a studio presentation from Elizabeth.

For more information and to rsvp contact Kellie Channing - kellie.channing[at]nationaltrust.org.uk

Elizabeth will be resident at the Hall every Monday and the last Sunday of every month. Her progress can be viewed on the residency blog.



The Heterotic II: Primary - Eastside Projects residency

Primary, Nottingham. Image courtesy of Primary
Eastside Projects is offering a new residency in partnership with Primary in Nottingham. This opportunity offers an artist based in the West Midlands the chance to test and develop new work and ideas and develop networks and professional connections across the Midlands. It is funded by Turning Point West Midlands. 

The residency has two components:

Part 1: 9 – 22 September 2013
Two week intensive residency at Primary in Nottingham working on site in either the caretaker’s house or one of the old school halls.

Part 2: 22-30 October 2013
One week intensive residency culminating in a public presentation or event at Primary on 30 October (format to be agreed during Part 1)

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 1 July 2013.

More information on the residency can be found here.



Extra Special People: Residency Mania

On Wednesday 10 April from 6.30-8.30pm, Eastside Projects are hosting Residency Mania as part of their Extra Special People programme.

Artists and curators currently based in the West Midlands will share their thoughts on and experiences of being involved in a range of international residencies through a series of quick-fire 15-minute talks. Each contributor has experience of working in a different residency context from rural to urban, international to local. Some have developed bodies of research and others large-scale new work. Some have worked in response to historic collections or environments and others in programmes designed to support collaboration between artists and scientists.

Contributors include artists Faye Claridge, current artist-in-residence at the Sir Benjamin Stone Collection, Birmingham (as part of a residency with the Library of Birmingham funded by Turning Point West Midlands) and Joanne Masding, recipient of the Turning Point West Midlands funded residency at Temple Bar, Dublin, and the Standpoint Futures Residency in January and February 2013 respectively. Laura McDermott, Clore Fellow 2012/13 will discuss the Collide artists’ residency programme, CERN, Geneva, where she will be on a three-month placement from June 2013. Design studio An Endless Supply will compare and describe their experience of working with Grizedale Arts in Cumbria and Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire.

These talks will be followed by questions and informal group discussion. This event will be the perfect time to find out more about how different artists and organisations approach and utilise residencies.

The event is held at Eastside Projects in Birmingham. £4/£2 concessions and free for ESP members.



West Midlands Residency Opportunities

Sketch design by Studio Myerscough via Capsule websiteThere are some fantastic residency opportunities in the West Midlands at the moment which we wished to highlight:

The Lombard Method Summer Residency and Solo Exhibition - Residency and exhibition selected by Helen Legg, Director of Spike Island, Bristol. The residency runs for one month, from 25 July to 22 August 2013, and aims to provide a supportive environment in which to make new, exhibition standard work. To offer critical input during this intense period of development, Helen Legg will visit the selected artist in the studio during their residency. The residency is followed by a 3 week solo exhibition at The Lombard Method. Deadline: Sunday 21 April 2013

Capsule/Library of Birmingham - Creative Residencies - Capsule are welcoming applications for week-long Creative Residencies in the Library of Birmingham. As part of the Discovery Season Capsule and Library of Birmingham are inviting artists, creative practitioners and arts organisations to propose ideas for week-long residencies in the ‘Playground of Discovery’: an exciting and dynamic structure designed by Studio Myerscough to be situated in the foyer. Residencies will need to offer free drop-in activity for visitors to the Library of Birmingham around the central principle of Discovery. The structure will be able to accommodate between 10- 20 people. Deadline: Monday 29 April 2013.

AirSpace Gallery Graduate Residency 2013/14 - AirSpace invites graduating students from BA and MA Fine Art courses to apply for their graduate support scheme, which was introduced in 2012. Residents are offered a shared studio space within AirSpace for 6 months, monthly suppory meetings, a solo show at the end of the 6 month period within AirSpace and access to all studio facilities and support structures.

Adam Gruning, Graduate Residency Artist, 2012 said:

"I would definitely recommend the residency to other artists looking for opportunities after University. The residency offers the valuable debut solo show opportunity artists dream of as well as a supportive artist community that makes the transition from University to practicing artist positive, productive and enjoyable."

Deadline: Monday 3 June 2013

For information on residencies and more, sign up to the Turning Point West Midlands Artists' News and Opportunities Bulletin which is send to your inbox every 3 weeks.


TPWM Artists in Residence: Juneau Projects Make Music in Worcester 


Artist-duo Juneau Projects are to create an album of songs for people to download at locations in Worcester.

The Worcester-based residency, one of five TPWM artist-residencies awarded to institutions in the region, is being led by the University of Worcester, working in partnership with Movement Gallery and Worcester City Art Gallery.

Juneau Projects will be in Worcester in early 2013 to research and develop new work in, for and with the city.  Building on their long-term project of collaborative music making, they will produce a short album of songs downloadable for free via contemporary ‘shrines’ to the sometimes perverse and always weird back-to-nature techno-urban 21st century culture of modern Britain.  

The shrines will relate to the city centre venues in which they are housed. After a period of on-site research in February and March, they plan to write and record a song for each venue, collaborating on the songwriting and recording process with venues’ users. Juneau Projects will present the outcomes of their work in May, when Worcester residents and visitors will be invited to gather all the tracks that have been produced by plugging a USB stick into the shrines located in each venue taking part. They hope that experience of collecting the songs will offer an antidote to the ever increasing speed of the worldwide web.



News from Turning Point West Midlands

Turning Point West Midlands has been busy rolling out its TPWM Projects with its partner lead organisations: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, New Art Gallery Walsall, The National Trust, New Library Birmingham, Worcester University, Eastside Projects, Grand Union, and Writing West Midlands.

New Art West Midlands (NAWM)
As part of this new BA/MA graduate exhibition in 2013, four artist bursaries have been awarded. The bursary artists are: Rashid Khan (University of Wolverhampton); Stuart Layton (University of Worcester); Sophie Bullock (Birmingham City University and Corey Hayman (Coventry University).

NAWM will take place at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from Friday 15 February to 19 May 2013,  The Barber Institute from Friday 8 March to 19 May 2013 and Grand Union from Friday 15 February to 16 March 2013.


The New Art Gallery Walsall (NAGW) and Artist Development
A range of professional opportunities are being offered to artists through the NAGW/TPWM partnership including a 6 week artist residency at NAGW's studio.

The selected artist is Pak-Keung Wan. He has an MA from the Royal College of Art and is based in Birmingham. Pak-Keung will use the residency to develop Lune – a series of painstaking pencil drawings that link to a publication by NASA, and an animation. 


The National Trust

In partnership with TPWM, the National Trust have set up a new Artist Residency opportunity at Dudmaston Hall. The recipient will be announced on the TPWM website soon.

Eastside Projects
Stuart Whipps and Joanne Masding have been awarded the first Heterotic residencies, funded by TPWM, at Spike Island and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios respectively. Both artists will be resident during February 2013. 

New Library Birmingham
The Artist in Residence Faye Clarridge is currently showing work at the Towner Art Gallery. 


New TPWM Flyer
TPWM with Fraser Muggeridge Studio has produced a new flyer. With a minimalist but vital message`Visual Artists' Support/Support Visual Artists' the purpose of the flyer is to lead people to the TPWM website where they can find a wealth of information covering all aspects of the visual arts in the West Midlands and beyond the region.


TPWM Visual Arts Forum
Wolverhampton Art Gallery hosted the forum lead by represenatives of artist collectives from across the region. Professor Nabeel Hamdi followed with an inspiring talk on `Small Change'.


This is just a snapshot of the activity taking place across the region.