Pontypool artist in residence
Call for applications
We are inviting applications from artists with a collaborative/participative approach to undertake a residency in Pontypool that will draw out and address issues of physical, social, cultural, and environmental connectivity across Pontypool and between Pontypool and its surrounding area. This will involve considering the links between communities, the exploration of cultural tensions, and the relationship between the urban and the rural presented by Pontypoolʼs heritage landscape.
Taking place from August 2012 to January 2013, the residency will act as a pilot project for the Arts Council of Walesʼ Residency Programme and will be an integral part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Networking Grant funded research project called In-between: Cultural Regeneration in Market Towns, being led by Intersections (a research unit based at Newcastle University), which is examining how participative public arts and artistsʼ practice may impact on the communities, identities and economies of market towns – working with Pontypool in South Wales, Dumfries in South West Scotland and Hexham in North East England.
£12,000 for 6 months starting August 2012
This opportunity is open to UK and International Artists.
Applicants must demonstrate:
• Creative originality and professionalism in their work
• The ability and desire to work collaboratively with the public and other partners as part of their creative practice
• A willingness to immerse themselves in the life and culture of the area
• An understanding of the issues of connectivity (and the paradoxical tensions) inherent within regeneration schemes and partnership working
• A critical awareness of the roles that artists and cultural activity may/may not play in the regeneration of urban areas
• The artist must be aware of and abide by the laws for working with children and vulnerable adults, should they undertake such work as part of the residency. In the event of manufacture/installation of artworks by the artist, the artist must demonstrate current and appropriate indemnity insurance relevant to the artist in person and to any object/s to be manufactured.
TCBC will provide space in the town centre for a studio and space for engaging with the public and other key stakeholders involved in the regeneration of Pontypool
The selected artist will be paid in instalments to be agreed on appointment. This fee is inclusive of all travel costs, living expenses, and studio equipment and materials.
How to Apply:
To apply for this residency, please send the following information to the e-mail address below by 31st July 2012:
• Up to 10 digital images or a 10-minute (max) showreel. All work should be numbered and include, title, date, dimension and media;
• An up-to-date CV;
• A brief letter of application that broadly outlines why you are interested in this opportunity and how it is relevant to your practice;
• Two letters of support.
When sending files large files (over 4MB), please provide hyperlinks to online files or a DropBox containing the files.
Please note that we do not require a project proposal at this stage as we anticipate that details of activity to be undertaken as part of the residency will be developed following a period of in-depth research and interaction with the area and key stakeholders living and working within the town.
A panel of key stakeholders involved in the regeneration of Pontypool and the Arts Council of Wales will shortlist candidates for interview from the applications received. Interviews will take place in Pontypool on 16th August 2012. Candidates must be available for interview on this date.
Invitations to interview will be sent out by 9th August 2012.
Up to £100 per artist will be available to cover travel and subsistence expenses incurred by attending an interview. Interviews via Skype may be arranged.
At interview, interviewees will be expected to speak in more detail about their work and working processes and the approach that they envisage taking towards the residency.
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CF37 2BW Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff