Artist residency opportunity in Exeter
Two opportunities for artists to work within Exeter over the next 12 months on socially engaged and action research led projects.
Opportunity 1: West Exeter Riverside Artist Residency
East Devon District Council is seeking an artist or artist collective with a background in
socially-engaged practice to develop research and new work in response to the river Exe and the Exe Riverside Valley Park in 2017, following a period of time spent with and around
the communities of Exwick and St Thomas.
The Exe Riverside Valley Park forms part of a major wildlife highway linking Exmoor to the sea, and the aim of this project is to create artist-led public events and artwork in the public realm that encourages greater use of the whole Park by local residents, strengthening the relationship between residents of Exwick and St Thomas and the surrounding landscape.
The physical outcomes of the residency are intended to help increase understanding and awareness of the importance of the area’s biodiversity among local residents and encourage active use and engagement with the Valley Park, including the lesser known areas.
The project will result in a series of action research during the Spring and Summer/Autumn of 2017 leading to a physical creative intervention in the public realm at the end of Summer 2017.
Project budget: £18,000 ex vat.
Submissions to be sent in electronic format only to Suzanne Heath (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9am on Thursday 8th December 2016.
Opportunity 2: Living with the River Exe – Artist Research
East Devon District Council is seeking to appoint an artist to work with the city residential,
scientific and environmental communities to explore and imagine new approaches to living and working with the River Exe and its catchment against the backdrop of the £31m flood defence scheme currently under way in Exeter.
The commission is intended to encourage cross-disciplinary conversations to take place
between artists, scientists, researchers and organisations such as the Environment Agency, University of Exeter, stakeholder organisations and local authorities.
Through this project, the artist will explore the myriad of issues around flooding and water
management, past and present, with a particular focus on the catchment of the river Exe and the Exe Riverside Valley Park. The intention is for the artist to investigate and respond to the politics, policies, impacts and potential solutions that surround this complex, long term problem in Exeter.
The artist will generate a wider conversation in the city, sharing their findings through a seminar event in 2017 developed with the University of Exeter, and creating a new piece of work that either enables and supports the artist’s research (such as a blog) or documents their thinking and conclusions (such as a film, book, performance or physical installation).
This project will use art and an artist’s response to raise awareness and understanding, and stimulate local discussion and debate about flooding in Exeter.
Project budget: £15,000 ex vat.
This is the same information as Opportunity 1.
Submissions to be sent in electronic format only to Suzanne Heath (email@example.com) by 9am on Wednesday 7th December 2016.