Thursday, 2 August 2007

Photography Residency in UK

Africa Beyond call - Africa > UK

Three residencies in the UK for artists based in Africa.
Africa Beyond aims to keep African culture in a central position within the modern UK landscape, through its website and other media, lively public events, and now through a series of residencies in London in January 2008.

Gasworks International Residency Programme will play host to three visiting artists for three months from Africa who will be supported in developing a project with InIVA, Photographers' Gallery, or the Southbank Centre.

About the residency
This three-month residency comprises:
- accommodation and living expenses in London
- a private studio at Gasworks
- a materials budget
- a project associated with InIVA, Photographers' Gallery, or Southbank Centre
- an Open Studio and artist's talk at Gasworks

This residency focuses on professional development, artistic exchange and the development of artistic process. The support, networks and creative environments that Gasworks, Africa Beyond, and the partner institutions can offer will provide the artist with the means to research and experiment with new work, taking an important step in an international context.
Each of the three residencies will be attached to a different partner institution and will have a specific aim and focus. Read more about each institution via the links.

Southbank Centre

The residency will focus on the display of new and existing work, showcase his/her practice on a major public platform within a solo or group presentation.
Photographers' Gallery
This residency will focus on an artist's contribution to the community and the role of education in artistic practice. This residency will be open only to artists working in photography or related media.
This residency will offer the opportunity to develop and contribute within a leading space for research and discussion of contemporary art.

All artists will be provided with a studio and support at Gasworks.
Established contemporary visual artists from Africa, who have not spent extensive time working in Europe, are invited to apply for this programme (see below for full eligibility guidelines).
The residency is scheduled to take place during April-June 2008.

Overview of Gasworks International Residency Programme
IMPORTANT - Please read this before applying.
Selection and eligibility
Applying artists should:

- Be early- to mid- career contemporary visual artists involved in high quality artistic practice
- Not have worked extensively in Europe before
- Be flexible and prepared to experiment in his/her practice
- Display willingness to engage with new audiences and a new cultural context
- Be willing and interested in working towards the objectives of the host venue s/he is applying to become involved with during the residency (InIVA, Photographers' Gallery, or Southbank Centre).

The residency is open to contemporary artists working in all disciplines, however one must note the restricted facilities. Artists working in heavy duty media may not have access to their usual facilities.
We are seeking artists whose practice, interests and approaches show that they are in a position to benefit from, and to make a critical contribution to this residency and the networks around it.
Applying artists may wish to follow a specific research interest, but should be prepared to be flexible. A project proposal is not necessary to apply.


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