Artist Commission / Residency

Artist Commission / Residency
Employer: Bow Arts
Salary: £1,000
Location: Bow, London

Bow Arts is seeking an artist for a 3 month residency to make new work or show existing work responding to the theme of Speech. The residency is part of Visions, an exhibition at Nunnery Gallery and located in a nearby vacant shop unit on the site from which Suffrage campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst gave her first speech in Bow, east London.
Residency Dates: October – December 2018
Visions in the Nunnery is returning for its 11th edition at the Nunnery Gallery. A renowned showcase of recent moving image and performance work, Visions aims to offer an international overview of the challenging and thoughtful uses of these ever-shifting mediums. Shown across three monthly programmes, each led by an invited artist, Visions is one of the most varied and exciting presentations of moving image work in London. Tina Keane, Bedywr Williams and Melanie Manchot are the lead artist for Visions 2018.
The shops at Stroudley Walk have been unoccupied for almost 2 years, ahead of demolition and planned improvements to be made to area by local housing association Poplar HARCA. Nunnery Gallery have been invited by Poplar HARCA to commission a new residency producing an artwork / artwork installation in the old Bow Beauty parlour, which will be included in the Visions in the Nunnery programme (28 Sep to 16 December 2018).
The artwork and residency should celebrate the theme of Speech, recognising that the shop’s site is the exact spot where Sylvia Pankhurst, the celebrated campaigner for Women’s Suffrage, spoke to assembled supporters from the back of a horse and cart. The medium of the artwork should be in part or wholly celebrating moving image, digital media or performance in line with the Visions ethos. This could be in the form of a new artwork, or installation of an existing work (made in the last two years) that responds to these themes. This is an opportunity to show work in a locally prominent place, taking advantage of the nearby accompanying programme and footfall visiting the Visions in the Nunnery showcase.
The artist should think about their time in the dis-used shop amongst a close community of local residents and commuters who use Stroudley Walk on a daily basis, together with an existing community of shopkeepers and local business-holders. It is hoped that an artist proposal will include artist-led events, open-days and/or workshops, which could be promoted as part of the Visions in the Nunnery programme.
What you will get as part of the residency:
• £1000 (made up of £750 commission fee and £250 exhibition payment)
• Dedicated use of the residency site; a former beauty parlour, with some original fixings, such as display cases and furniture from Oct – Dec 2018 (3 months inclusive – value £500 pcm)
• £500 additional budget to adorn the space inside and out to make a suitable venue for installing and showcasing your artwork (this can include decorating, equipment hire/purchase/ subcontractor assistance – in agreement with Bow Arts)
• Inclusion in the Visions 2018 programme and marketing support of all activity from the residency
• Residency support in the form of regular meetings with Nunnery Gallery Directors
• Access to local historian and author of Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their Place in History, Dr Louise Raw will share with the artist her understanding of the significance of Sylvia’s Pankhurst’s time spent in the East End
• Freedom to use the space as a fulltime studio for other work (we encourage the occupation of the space as much as possibly during the residency, but recognise the likely-hood of other projects / commitments).
What the residency must include:
• A thematic link to the theme of SPEECH based on the historical significance of the site and the link to Sylvia Pankhurst and the suffragette movement
• Commitment to utilise the space throughout the residency for a minimum of 3-4 days per week (though more is encouraged) and to be visibly activating the space through your presence and practice as an artist
• One event arranged by the artist to showcase the existing or newly made artwork as part of the Visions 2018 Programme (date to be agreed with Bow Arts).
Additional elements to consider:
• The successful artist will have an inquisitive mind to explore the local area, history and community. The right artist will get to know the local users of this thorough-fair and include them in their residency
• The artist can propose to run workshops, screenings and events to appeal to the local audience of families, shopkeepers, young people and budget from the installation fee can be used to support this element of the residency
• In addition, the author Dr Louise Raw can deliver a public talk about the history or Sylvia Pankhurst in the East End as part of the residency from the space – in agreement with the artist.
To Apply:
Please send your CV and cover letter with a brief proposal (up to 800 words) to closing date Sunday 9 Sept 2018.
Queries to be sent to the same email address or by calling 0208 980 7774 (option 3).
Your application should cover:
1. What is the artwork responding to the theme of Speech (medium, duration and date) and if it exists or will be made during the residency. Send up to 3 images and links to view video work to illustrate your idea or the actual piece
2. Confirmation of your availability, if selected, to complete the entire residency (min 2-3 days per week) between October – December 2018
3. How you will use the vacant shop as a studio, residency base and venue to present the work
4. Your proposal for equipment required for the installation - include the budget
5. Your proposal for the signage and shop front – include the budget
6. Your proposal for connecting to the community and offering workshops or sessions as part of the residency – include the budget
Applications must be received on or before Sunday 9 September. You will be informed of the decision within 14 days of this date

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