Artist Opportunity – Residency/Commission – madeinroath
madeinroath are looking for expressions of interest from artists with an interest in growing, eating, ecology, sustainability, public and social spaces and community engagement within contemporary practice. We have secured funding to look at developing the cultural and community offer of public, community garden spaces within Roath, and have identified two gardens to work with – Mackintosh Community Garden and Plasnewydd Community Garden (Shelley Gardens) – as well as space and time to develop and research within g39 gallery’s Unit(e) programme.
The appointed artist will spend a period of time researching and working with community garden users to develop the project reflecting the community needs and interests. There will be a series of skill share workshops (run alongside a madeinroath artist/workshop leader) which may feed into this research. The potential outcomes of the project are wide ranging and are not predetermined – they could include performance, the development of physical structures, open discussions, joint meals, seed exchanges etc. We are asking for new work or new developments on previous projects.
As part of the commission the artist will be expected to work with g39 to deliver three workshops and one seminar within their Unit(e) programme. The content and format of these workshops is open to development through the project research. You will also need have a physically present and open working relationship with both community gardens and their users.
Mackintosh Community Garden is located within the Mackintosh Centre, and is run entirely by volunteers. It is open on Saturdays and at other agreed times. Its running has recently been taken over by a new group, who are looking to extend their membership and get new people involved.
Plasnewydd Community Gardens are a well established garden space, again run by volunteers, active within the community since 2010. They are open Saturdays between 10am – 2pm, and at other times by arrangement. They are interested in working with an artist to run new projects within their space, and have hosted artists as part of the madeinroath programme several times over the last few years.
g39 is an artist-run contemporary visual art gallery that presents a programme of exhibitions, symposia, experimental projects and events. The organisation also runs Warp (Wales Artist Resource Programme) a professional development resource for artists. g39’s outdoor space includes a long, narrow strip of plants and shrubs, 3 wooden planters and a composting bin. There is also a concrete courtyard, which is regularly occupied as a carpark and is in occasional use as an informal social space and event location. For full details on Unit(e) download the submission info http://bit.ly/UNITe2017 For more information on g39 visit www.g39.org For more information on Warp visit www.g39.org/warp
Deadline for applications: Friday 31 March, 5pm
Selection and artist appointment: Friday 14 April
Launch date of project: Sunday 30 April, as part of madeinroath’s annual Made in Spring festival, which this year will have a growing and horticulture as its focus.
Project conclusion: 22nd October (madeinroath Festival runs 16th-22nd)
There is £3000 fee available to the artist, as well as a budget for materials. Support in development of ideas will be offered by the WARP programme at g39, as well as 24 hour access to a studio space and to the Unit(e) programme of peer learning and professional crits. We expect the fee to cover around 1 – 1.5 days per week over the 6 months, however this will be flexible to the needs of the project and the appointed artist.
How to apply
To apply, please submit a letter stating your interest in this project, in working with madeinroath and an outline project proposal. This does not need to be a complete or exhaustive proposal, but a starting point, or indicative of the direction you would like to take. It may be you have a project already in mind; if so please give as much information as you have.
Please support this letter, as appropriate, with images and information of your practice and previous work. This can be in the form of a PowerPoint slideshow or digital images in jpeg or PDF format (maximum 10 images) or digital video clips (up to 5 minutes long). Images and clips should be numbered and accompanied by a corresponding list that includes title, date, dimensions, location and media as appropriate. Please also submit a current CV.
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, files and attachments no larger than 6MB.
madeinroath is an artist-led organisation and festival, now in its 9th year. It showcases the work of emerging and established artists, makers, musicians, writers and performers, who use the whole of Roath as the venue, including domestic, commercial, public and overlooked or disused spaces.
madeinroath offers residents and visitors an opportunity to engage in the arts through a dynamic programme of socially engaged projects and events, broadening audience access to the wealth of creative talent in our neighbourhood. Over the last nine years, we have built a strong working relationship with the community of Roath, offering a unique opportunity for artists to work with an open and receptive community.
This year’s madeinroath festival will run from 16th-22nd October 2017 (with the main events happening on the weekend of 21st–22nd October)