Night Shift 2015/16 OPEN CALL

Winter Artist Residencies at Scottish Sculpture Workshop

Dates:  Residency I: November 16th– December 20th 2015
Residency II: January 18th– February 22nd 2016.
Duration: 5 weeks
Criteria: open to all visual artists, maximum of four artist accepted/session
Application: please submit a completed Residency Application
Deadline: 09:00 Monday 19th October 2015.
Cost to Artist: £550 per 5 week residency.

During the winter months at SSW activity slows down. At this time we invite a limited number of artists to the residency programme to make/develop work pertaining to a particular theme.

The 2015/16 Nightshift Residency is built around the theme of storytelling and the use of narrative within an arts practice. The act and methodologies of storytelling have played a central role in many of SSW’s projects during 2015, from community regeneration projects to international symposiums held at SSW.

Through these projects we have explored the role of storytelling as a means for developing social change. During an eleven-day CAMP at SSW, Artist Brett Bloom asked, “How do we mobilise stories and myth for regeneration, empathy and a different way of relating to the landscapes we inhabit”. The Dark Mountain Project, who also visited SSW this year, are a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. They believe in the “crucial role writing and art play in questioning the foundations of the world in which we find ourselves, as well as fostering a culture rooted in place, time and nature”. Another project, Storytelling Lumsden, has used the heritage of storytelling to enhance the dialogue among residents of Lumsden and the communities capacity to work together to shape the villages future.

As we near the end of the year, SSW invites four artists per session, to participate in a residency programme, that further explores some of the intentions and approaches to storytelling within a visual arts practice.

Artists applying to this residency programme should demonstrate an interest in working within this context whether it is a current focus in their work or an approach to making they would like to experiment with during the residency period. Either way we encourage artists to interpret the theme of storytelling in a way that is relevant and beneficial to their own practice. This residency is self-led but those selected to participate in the programme will come together through a series of events and activities to consider, discuss, and make works exploring the correlations between storytelling and art.

The programme format includes introductory presentations, bi-weekly studio critiques, film- screenings and a reading group with texts curated around the current theme.

SSW is a making and thinking facility offering the time, space, support and facilities to artists from all backgrounds to develop their practice, with an emphasis on experimentation and exploration of sculpture within the expanded field. Although our facilities and workshops are mainly equipped for sculptural practice and making, we encourage applications from artists working in any discipline including but not limited to: performance, sound, drawing, painting, photography, writing, curatorial, participatory/socially engaged practice and sculpture.

For further information please contact Yvonne – 01464 861372.

To apply please send a cover letter, short statement regarding your work, a digital portfolio or web link, an up to date CV and complete the Residency Application Cover Sheet. The application can be downloaded from our website under ‘Residency Application’

Applications should be emailed to, and should have the title of the residency programme in the subject heading.

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