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International Residency Open Call 2024

Residency opportunity in Angers, France from Wigan Council in partnership with Collective Blast

Wigan Council and Collective Blast, as part of the Wigan/Angers Twinning programme, are delighted to announce an incredible Angers-based residency opportunity from 1st to 29th September 2024 (subject to negotiation with artist), for artists living and/or working in Wigan Borough who have not yet exhibited or worked in France. A Wigan borough postal address will need to be supplied in the application as permanent home or studio address.

The Residency Opportunity

Wigan Council and Collective Blast are seeking proposals from artists who would like to take up a one-month supported residency at Collective Blast’s studios (pad) in Angers LE PAD – collectif BLAST (external link). The opportunity is to help develop the practice of artists living and working in Wigan Borough who have not yet worked or exhibited in France. The successful artist may choose to embark on a period of research, make new work or develop an exhibition, and curatorial and technical advice will be available if required.

The residency offers:

  • Fully covered travel costs
  • Living costs covered with a £1,040 bursary (1200€)
  • Trips costs covered with a £171.13 bursary (200€) to visit museums and exhibitions in Nantes/Sables d’Olonne.
  • Free studio space and accommodation at the pad
  • An opportunity to discuss showing either an existing or a new body of work created during the residency; or work in progress at pad as part of an Open Studio
  • Artists are encouraged to keep a residency blog/or help share activities on social media, and take part in a film to document the residency

Proposals are welcomed from artists working in all types of contemporary visual art practice, including photography, new media, fine art, artists’ moving image, sculpture, crafts, design, site-specific, socially engaged and interdisciplinary practices. Wigan Council and Collective Blast are 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.

Shortlisted artists will engage in an online conversation with Wigan Council and Collective Blast to explore their aspirations for this residency, and what other support may be needed and available. Both organisations are happy to discuss flexibility if any aspect of the offer needs adapting to suit your needs.

We want to make sure that our opportunities are accessible to everyone. All artists are actively encouraged to apply and if any aspect of the application process is unsuitable, please contact us.

Proposals should be submitted to theturnpikegallery@wigan.gov.uk

How to apply

Deadline: Wednesday 20th March 2024.

Applications can be made via written text, audio or video. Your application/proposal does not have to be definitive and can change during the course of the residency.

Written text applications

Please submit a PDF of no more than 4 pages including a short statement on your current practice with images of your work, and a simple outline of your plans if you were to be offered the residency.

Video submission

Please submit a brief video, no longer than three minutes, outlining your current practice and a simple outline of your plans if you were to be offered the residency. Please email this as an mp4 file along with up to 5 images of your work.

Audio submission

Please submit a brief audio mp3, no longer than three minutes outlining your current practice and a simple outline of your plans if you were to be offered the residency. Please email this along with up to 5 images of your work.

Three artists will be shortlisted and the final artist will be selected by Blast Collective in mid April 2024.

The successful artist will be notified late April 2024.

The residency will take place in September 2024.

Helpful prompts/points to consider when applying:

  • A simple outline, telling us what you would like to achieve through this programme, artistically and in terms of your development as an artist.
  • A statement describing your practice.
  • A selection of images relating to the proposal, such as previous or proposed artwork ideas (please include these within your 4-page PDF if you are applying with written text).
  • Contact information.
  • Links to website/ and social and your CV.

Please submit your proposals to theturnpikegallery@wigan.gov.uk

Your privacy and trust are important to us. We will comply with data law; your personal data will not be shared with anyone and will only be used by Wigan Council Culture team to shortlist the proposals.

Access

We want to make sure that our opportunities are accessible for everyone. All Wigan borough artists are actively encouraged to apply and if any aspect of the application process is unsuitable then please contact theturnpikegallery@wigan.gov.uk

Applications are welcomed from artists who are seeking to adapt their practice or return to making work after a period away, including to care for others.