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Members Opportunity: Doremi Residency – Short Deadline!!

Posted: 20 Sep 2018


















Residency Period: October 28 – November 4 2018

Open Day: Saturday 3 November 2018
Exhibition: 4 – 18 November (open Weds – Sun, 12pm – 5pm)

DEADLINE TO APPLY : Friday 28th September, 12pm


‘Doremifasolasido’ is an annual group residency that invites emerging artists from around the country to Cumbria to forge links between artists and arts organisations working in urban and rural settings. Now in it’s fourth year, previous residencies have taken place at The Merz Barn, the site of Kurt Schwitters’ last Merz Bau, in Elterwater; Florence Arts Centre, the site of the disused haematite mine, Florence Mine, in Egremont; and The Coniston Institute, a community run village hall in the heart of Coniston, in partnership with Grizedale Arts. This year it will take place at Art Gene, housed in a former School for the Advancement of Science, Arts & Technology, in the heart of Barrow-in-Furness; with the support of new media art collective, Full of Noises (formerly Octopus Collective).

This year participating artists are being nominated by partner organisations from around the country, inlcuding ACAVA (London), Art Gene (Cumbria), East Street Arts (Leeds), Islington Mill (Manchester), The Newbridge Project (Newcastle) and October Gallery (London)

For more information on past residencies visit the Doremi website.

Or follow them on instagram: @doremiresidency


  • Overview of the residency week

Over 7 days artists will live and work together, responding to the unique site of Art Gene, in the enigmatic area of Barrow-in-Furness. The town and borough has a rich industrial and maritime past, as well as being an area of natural and historical importance, such as South Walney Nature Reserve and Piel Island. During the week artists will be given local tours and access to facilities at both Art Gene’s headquarters and their ongoing projects in the South Walney Nature Reserve; as well as new media equipment and facilities courtesy of Full of Noises (formerly Octopus Collective). Artists will also join the local community in events, e.g. workshops and discussions with arts initiatives working in rural Cumbria. The week will culminate in a public open day to include an exhibition of artwork created over the residency, a programme of artist-led tours, performances and artist film screenings.

There is no theme per se, the emphasis is on experimenting, progressing and expanding your artistic practice – in whatever form that takes – with the time, space and critical engagement that will allow for this. You will join a supportive community of artists, staff, visitors and users of Art Gene, Full of Noises (formerly Octopus Collective) and ‘Doremifasolasido’ organisers with an affinity to not only develop a more critical, broader and rigorous investigation of the concerns that underpin the artistic process but to consider their placement within a much wider conversation.

Key Dates

Residency Period: 28 October- 4 November 2018
Open Day: 3 November 2018
Exhibition: 4-18 November 2018



Artists will be provided with the following:

  • food (communal)
  • accommodation (shared rooms)
  • travel to and from Barrow-in-Furness
  • a small stipend for materials (£350)
  • free access to all events and facilities throughout the residency week.
  • Technical assistance from ‘Doremifasolasido’ staff.



Applications are encouraged from emerging artists (artists who have not previously had a solo exhibition in a major institution) whose practices would benefit from a week-long intensive residency at Art Gene in Barrow-in-Furness.



This is an opportunity for all NewBridge members (studio, associate, Collective Studio).

To apply please send a couple of paragraphs explaining your interest in the residency and why you would like to take part.

Please send applications to applications@thenewbridgeproject.com by Friday 28 September: 12 noon

Artists must have an interest in:

  • living and working communally
  • a short (week-long) intensive residency
  • engaging with members of the public on their artistic processes throughout the residency


Doremifasolasido 2018 is supported by Arts Council England

Image: Doremifasolasido 2017 at the Coniston Institute. Photo: DoremiResidency