The Gasworks Residency 2023 is now accepting applications. This chance is for a South African or Zimbabwean artist at the early stages of their career. From October 2 through December 18, 2023, it offers a fully financed 11-week residency at Gasworks in London. Residencies at Gasworks are possibilities for self-directed professional development, artistic interaction, and experimentation.
Each year, Gasworks hosts up to sixteen residencies, enabling emerging and early career foreign artists to collaborate for three months with a community of nine London-based peers. The residencies are non-prescriptive and process-based, with the goal of allowing artists to conduct research and generate new work. They are made available to the public through open studios and events, which stimulate engagement, dialogue, and professional networking.
Gasworks provides significant pastoral and curatorial support throughout the residency; however, artists are also expected to be proactive and self-motivated and lead the research and production of their work while in London.
Gasworks Residency Benefits
The Residency comprises:
- 24-hour access to a fully accessible private studio at Gasworks, alongside other visiting artists and Gasworks’ permanent studio holders.
- A public Open Studio event displaying work produced during the residency at Gasworks which will take place on the tenth week of the residency.
- All visa costs covered and support during the visa application process.
- Economy return flights from the artist’s home city to London, including 1 cabin and 1 hold luggage.
- Single room accommodation within Gasworks’ Residency House (a 2-story house, shared with 3 other artists-in-residence), with share of the communal bathrooms and kitchen.
- A weekly stipend of £150 for living expenses.
- A materials budget of £800.
- Access to Gasworks’ tools and AV equipment, subject to availability.
- A prepaid travel card (TFL zones 1+2) for unlimited travel within central London for the duration of the residency.
- Administrative, pastoral and curatorial support from Gasworks (during office hours, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-6pm).
- A dedicated residency page on Gasworks’ website.
- A short video interview and presentation in advance of the Open Studio to introduce the artists’ work. The video will be permanently added to the residency page on Gasworks’ website.
- At least 2 individual studio visits with curators and arts professionals (meetings will be in person however on occasions and when relevant they will also happen virtually).
- Opportunities to meet with other artists, arts professionals, patrons and collectors through at least 2 organised lunches and/or dinners.
- At the end of the 11 weeks a written report will be required summarising the artist’s experiences during the residency, a template will be provided.
Gasworks Residency Eligibility
- Open to contemporary visual artists in the early stages of their career, working across all disciplines, based in South Africa or Zimbabwe. Applicants that currently reside outside of these countries are not eligible for this opportunity, and aspiring artists producing high quality work who have not had the opportunity to work in London before will be prioritised.
- While they welcome applications from all disciplines, it is also important to note Gasworks’ restricted facilities.
- Applicants should have at least a moderate level of spoken English and should feel comfortable engaging in artistic discussions in English.
Gasworks Residency Application
It is important that all applicants research Gasworks thoroughly before submitting their application so as to be fully aware of the context which they would, if successful, be entering.
Your application should include the following in ONE PDF file only:
- A cover sheet with your legal name, home or contact address, e-mail, and telephone numbers, plus confirmation that you will be available from October 2 – December 18, 2023 if selected. If applicable, include any relevant social media handles and a link to your website.
- Note: this information is used in official documents so artists who work under alternative names should provide both their preferred name and their legal name as written on official documents, ensure all the required information is included in the contact sheet.
- An artist’s statement describing your practice and areas of interest (max. 250 words)
- A simple statement outlining your plans, if you were to be offered the residency, which could include a short description of a research project specific to the context of London or your residency at Gasworks. This proposal is not definitive and can change throughout the residency (max. 250 words).
- Between 10 – 20 images or video/sound extracts of recent work, with captions and a short description if necessary (max. 100 words per artwork).
- A CV/Resume
- Any relevant documentation (e.g., selected articles or papers about work, exhibitions, publications).
Note that there is a 10MB limit on pdf submissions. If your file is not in pdf format or is over 10MB you will not be able to submit it.
If you prefer to supply alternatives to text you can provide:
- A 6-minute video or 6-minute sound file in which you discuss points 1 and 4
Deadline: May 22, 2023
For more information, visit Gasworks Residency.
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