Apply for a nomination for DOREMIFASOLASIDO residency

‘Doremifasolasido’ is an annual group residency that invites 15 to 20 emerging artists from around the country to Cumbria to forge links between artists and arts organisations working in urban and rural settings. This year it will take place at Florence Arts Centre, a disused coal mine in Egremont.

The first residency took place in October 2015 at the Merz Barn, bringing together visual artists to explore the artistic legacy of the Merz Barn and Kurt Schwitters. Over the week-long residency artists created work, from sculpture to performance and film, in response to the Merz Barn site culminating in a weekend of public events, including an exhibition, spoken word, screenings and artist critiques.
The residency is organised by Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens (a film maker), Stephanie Farmer (a sculptor) and Jocelyn McGregor (also a sculptor).
This year the organisers are inviting 2 artists from the ACAVA studios to join the group of emerging artists from arts organisations around the country including, Islington Mill, East Street Arts, C-Art, Open School East (OSE) and The Newbridge Project. We welcome applications from emerging artists (artists who have not previously had a solo exhibition in a major institution) whose practices would benefit from a week-long intensive residency at Florence Arts Centre .
Artists must have an interest in:
  • living and working communally
  • a short (week-long) intensive residency
  • engaging with members of the public on their artistic processes throughout the residency
  • the site and facilities Florence Arts Centre offers: indoor and outdoor exhibiting spaces (from traditional 'white cube' space to community garden and old mining buildings), video and sound recording studios, scrap yard.
  • engaging with the Florence Mine site or local area of Egremont - it's quite an enigmatic place, adjacent to both the Lake District National Park and the nuclear power plant, Sellafield (this is not essential).
The organisers are currently pursuing funding, awaiting to hear the outcome. Dependent on the outcome of their Arts Council application, artists will be provided with the following:
  • food and accommodation
  • travel expenses will be covered
  • a small stipend for materials (£225)
  • free access to facilities at Florence Arts Centre, including a film and sound recording studio, paint-making workshop and workspaces.
If funding is unsuccessful there will of course be no obligation for the selected artists to be involved. However Florence Arts Centre and the organisers are committed and will be running the project regardless, selected artists will still have the option to participate on a self-funded basis.
Artists interested in being considered for nomination are asked to email ACAVA’s Programme Manager, Isabella Niven, an up to date CV, a paragraph on why you would like to be involved and up to 3 images of recent work.
Deadline: 10am Wednesday 11th May 2016


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