We invite applications for the four day artistic retreat Space of Attention.
For the twelfth Escalator retreat at Wysing Arts Centre, Space of Attention, we invite artists, art-writers and curators to explore alternative educational models and strategies. During an intensive four days, each selected participant will lead one workshop for the group and participate in others. Additionally, invited speakers from the previous retreat will help contextualise the workshop environment adding historical context and their own contributions. Crits and practical talks will ask participants to reflect on their practice, consider new or alternative ways of producing, share ideas and to approach their work from other and alternative perspectives. The final day will conclude with a public outcome from the retreat group.
Space of Attention is suited to artists, art-writers and curators interested in multidisciplinary exercises, both led and self-initiated, and will include contributions from experts from diverse fields. The retreat has been formed as a progression from the previous retreat And if it Was it Can't Be Is which was developed in collaboration with artist Mark Titchner. Participants from the previous retreat contributing to Space of Attention include Annabelle Craven-Jones, Mat Do, Clare Gasson, Claire Hope, Glen Jamieson, Kit Poulson, Kari Rittenbach, Florian Roithmayr and Alan Stanners.
The retreat Space of Attention is open to any visual artist, art-writer or curator living and working in England. 10 participants will be invited to attend the retreat following a selection process (details below). Five places are reserved for those from the South East and East of England regions. There is no charge for participating in the retreat.
The retreat takes place 15-18 October 2012 and will include a public outcome on 18 October 2012. The deadline for applications is Friday 14th September 2012, 5pm.
HOW TO APPLY
There is no form to fill in to apply for the retreat. Instead we ask you to answer the following questions and provide us with the information listed below. We accept hard copy or emailed applications. We prefer emailed applications as a single PDF file (For this we recommend PDF Forge http://www.pdfforge.org/) and will only accept applications below 3mb in size. Please call Wysing’s reception to confirm receipt or your application.
1. How is this retreat relevant to your practice at this time? (max 200 words)
2. What do you think you can bring to the retreat and what would you want to get out of it? (max 200 words)
3. Please provide a proposal for a 45 minute workshop. (max 400 words)
PLEASE ALSO PROVIDE:
A statement on your practice (max 200 words)
A current CV
A maximum of six pieces of documentation of your work. This may be six images or other forms of material that best represents your practice.
Each participant’s workshop slot will be 45 minutes long. They can take the form of a participatory exercise, talk, reading group, performance, screening, making session, walk, combination of the above or whatever form feels appropriate. Wysing can provide up to £50 for any necessary materials, please state what these would be.
If you wish to apply for a bursary (see below) then please include this information. If you wish to book a bed in our farmhouse (see below) then please include this information. Please also include information on any dietary or access needs.
Following submission, retreat participants will be selected by Wysing’s Curatorial Team. Selection will be based on proposals received following the Call for Participation and will be based on the information provided as described in How to Apply.
Wysing can provide free accommodation in our farmhouse. All rooms are for multiple use and we are not able to offer individual rooms. Facilities include shared bathrooms, living room and kitchen.
A small number of bursaries are available to any applicant in need of financial support to attend the retreats. Those wishing to apply for a bursary are invited to write no more than 250 words on how much financial support they would need to enable them to attend the retreat and what the money would be used for.
POST RETREAT FUNDING
All artists attending the retreat will be invited to propose ideas to develop their findings from it further, either jointly or individually. A limited number of proposals (dependent on numbers submitted and amounts) from each retreat will then be selected and supported to submit applications to Grants for the Arts to realise their ideas.
The retreats are free to participants. Meals are also provided free of charge. For any specific information please call 01954 718881 or email email@example.com
Escalator is the pioneering talent plan from Arts Council England, East and South East that finds, supports and invests in the best artistic talent across all artforms throughout the East and South East of England. Escalator is establishing the East and South East of England as the leading UK regions for talent development. Since it launched in 2003, Escalator has helped hundreds of artists to develop their work, forge new partnerships and reach new audiences.
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