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*OPPORTUNITY: Doremifasolasido (Group Residency) at Florence Arts Centre

Posted: 26 Apr 2016


Group Residency at Florence Arts Centre
1 week, August 2016

Deadline: Mon 16th May, 9am

‘Doremifasolasido’ is an annual group residency that invites 15 – 20 emerging and mid-career artists from around the country to Cumbria to forge links between artists and arts organisations working in urban and rural settings.

This year it will take place at Florence Arts Centre, a disused coal mine in Egremont.

The first residency took place in October 2015 at the Merz Barn, bringing together visual artists to explore the artistic legacy of the Merz Barn and Kurt Schwitters. Over the week-long residency artists created work, from sculpture to performance and film, in response to the Merz Barn site culminating in a weekend of public events, including an exhibition, spoken word, screenings and artist critiques.

‘Doremifasolasido’ is organised by artists Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens (filmmaker), Stephanie Farmer and Jocelyn McGregor (sculptors).

This year we are inviting 2 artists/studio members from The NewBridge Project to join the group of artists from arts organisations around the country including; Islington Mill (Manchester), East Street Arts (Leeds), C-Art (Cumbria), Open School East (OSE) and ACAVA (London). We welcome applications 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 Florence Arts Centre .

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
– The site and facilities Florence Arts Centre offers: indoor and outdoor exhibiting spaces (from traditional ‘white cube’ space to community garden and old mining buildings), video and sound recording studios, scrap yard
– Also, any artist who is keen to engage with the Florence Mine site or local area of Egremont – it’s quite an enigmatic place, adjacent to both the Lake District National Park and the nuclear power plant, Sellafield (this is not essential)

Dependent on the outcome of funding application, artists will be provided with the following:

– Food and accommodation
– Travel expenses will be covered
– A small stipend for materials (£225)
– Free access to facilities at Florence Arts Centre, including a film and sound recording studio, paint-making workshop and workspaces.

If the funding application is unsuccessful there will be no obligation for artists to be involved (but it will go ahead anyway so the option would still be there).

How to apply:

Please send a brief paragraph detailing why you would like to undertake this residency and how it would benefit your practice to Studio & Programme Coordinator, Rebecca Huggan

Please note you must be an associate Artist Member or Studio Member of The NewBridge Project to apply for this opportunity. For details on what NewBridge members can benefit from please visit our Practice makes Practice page, to apply please click here.

Deadline: Monday 16th May, 9am



Practice Makes Practice is an artist development programme run by artists for artists, initiated by The NewBridge Project.

Practice makes Practice focuses on developing artistic talent and equipping artists with the necessary skills to manage their practice, bridging the gap between art school, studio practice, the gallery and beyond.

Practice makes Practice is a regular programme of events, workshops, opportunities, talks, field-trips, exchanges and mentoring, creating a forum for shared learning, critical conversation, space for networks to cultivate and alternative models of practice to develop.

Practice makes Practice is open to all through a membership scheme. Creating a supportive cohort of artists to shape the programme ensuring it develops in response to the needs and interests of its members.

The programme is open to our Studio Members, and to the wider arts community through an associate Artist Membership, for details on how to join please click here.