Opportunity for Artist/Sculptor and an Emerging Artist

Call out for a sculptor and a mentee!

University of Leicester Botanical Garden’s are looking for 2 artists to work in residence alongside their sculpture exhibition.

Programme overview

2013 will be the 12th year of the Sculpture in the Garden exhibition in the Harold Martin Botanic Garden at the University of Leicester and the second time we have had Almuth Tebbenhoff FRBS as curator.

This years theme for the sculpture exhibition is a ‘A Change of Heart’ and includes sculptures that highlights the importance of openness to change in the creative process.

They are seeking to recruit 2 artists to work in residence for 2 weeks alongside the sculpture exhibition:

  • 1 lead participatory artist / sculptor
  • 1 emerging mentee artist

General details

As well as having time to work on your own practice, this residency includes a two-week educational programme based in the Harold Martin Botanic Garden at the University of Leicester engaging with groups of adults and children with disabilities/ special needs from Leicester/Leicestershire. You will be supported by the Botanic Gardens and Embrace Arts staff.


The two week residency is to happen in September 2013, dates TBC.

Artists will be on site from 9am- 5pm during the 2 weeks.

Lead Artist Roles and Responsibilities

  • Set up a workspace in the gardens to develop your own practice whilst in residence
  • Lead eight half-day practical workshops in a specially erected marquee. The artist will work with different groups in each session, some of which will include adults with disabilities, and some will include children from local special schools.
  • Lead 2 tours of the sculpture exhibition for the general public in the afternoon / evening (1 per week)
  • Be available to talk about your work to visitors to the exhibition and gardens
  • Mentor and involve the mentee artist in the delivery of the participatory workshops.
  • To attend the mentee interview on Friday 5 July
  • Fee £1000 for 10 days plus attending interview for mentee
  • A material budget is available

Mentee Artist Roles and Responsibilities

  • To support the Lead artist and staff with participatory workshops and tours of the sculpture exhibition
  • Support participants to take part in the workshops, particularly those with access needs.
  • Work in residence in the gardens.
  • Fee: £500 for 10 days

To apply

Please send the following information:

  1. A letter detailing:
  • Which artist role you are applying for
  • Your experience of working with adults and children with disabilities/special needs
  • Types of participatory workshops you would run during the residency
  • Two Referees
  1. CV (maximum 2 pages of A4)
  1. Artist’s statement
  2. 10 images of your works (giving title, medium, size and date)
  3. Artists must have, or be willing to undertake an Enhanced CRB check and full public liability insurance.

Applications from people with disabilities are particularly welcome as befits an inclusive centre.


Submission deadline: Monday 17 June 2013, 5pm

Dates for Interview: Lead Artist Tuesday 2 July

Dates for interview: Mentee artist Friday 5 July

Submissions should be emailed to Stella Couloutbanis, sc352@leicester.ac.uk

Quoting ‘Sculpture in the Garden – Artist in residence’ in the subject line or by post to:

Sculpture in the Garden – Artists in residence,

Embrace Arts,

Richard Attenborough centre

University of Leicester,

PO Box 138

Lancaster Road,

Leicester LE1 7HA

If you would like your material returning, please enclose an s.a.e.

Any enquires please contact Stella Couloutbanis, Visual Arts Officer (email sc352@leicester.ac.uk or phone on 0116 223 1529) or Marianne  Pape, Education and Outreach Officer (email mp422@le.ac.uk  or phone 0116 252 3037)


Diane Maclean’s Stranded Head, Stranded Heart at The Botanic Gardens in Leicester 

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