British Council seeking organisations to create and run new digital residencies for UK artists

British Council is now inviting applications from UK organisations with which to partner, design and deliver four residency programmes under a new programme called Net//Work.

Each residency will run for four weeks, host a total of 16 artists and will be open to UK-based and international mid-career visual artists whose practices engage with digital technologies.

The aim of Net//Work is to offer artists a space for reflection, research, practice and skills exchange around digital artistic practices and technologies while growing their creative and professional community.

British Council is looking for applicants to propose and create a residency programme which will encourage a diverse range of artists to continue to develop work or create new work by introducing them to different technologies, concepts and professional expertise that can help shape the global sector. These artworks will form the basis of a series of digital presentations that will be shared internationally on British Council platforms.

The deadline for submitting applications is 9.00am on 9 December 2019.

How to apply:

  • Further details on the Net//Work open call can be found here.
  • Submit your application here. For further information, contact:
  • British Council will give the artists a grant to go towards initial domestic and/or international travel to travel to and from the residency, fees, accommodation, visas where required and subsistence.
  • Applications may be made by individual residency organisations or in partnership with another organisation.

When will the residencies take place?

  • Residency 1: June 2020
  • Residency 2: September/October 2020
  • Residency 3: June 2021
  • Residency 4: August/September 2021

Assessment Criteria

  1. Applicants must be a UK arts organisation with a proven track record of working with artists in residence and commitment to supporting artists while in residence; and which
  2. demonstrate experience in working with national and/or international partners to deliver collaborative arts programmes;
  3. have in-house studio facilities including production equipment, or partner with an organisation who can provide access to studio facilities and production equipment;
  4. demonstrate a willingness and commitment to meeting the British Council Equality, Diversity and Inclusion requirements as outlined in Section 4 of the application;
  5. demonstrate how your proposed residency meets the aim to encourage hands-on and research-based learning in digital practices as evidenced through the programme design.

What is British Council looking for?

  • Applications will be assessed against the project aims and five essential criteria outlined above. They will be reviewed by a selection panel, including representatives from the British Council and Shape Arts.
  • British Council wants to ensure that all aspects of their work are open to include disabled and D/deaf artists and promote increased access to the arts for disabled artists and audiences around the globe through our programming.

British Council is looking for applications that propose creative programmes which:

  • meet the programme aim to encourage hands-on and research-based learning in digital practices;
  • propose site visits, studio tours and/or workshops with leading professionals in the digital, technology and visual arts sectors;
  • offer tuition to participating artists who wish to explore new digital techniques;
  • encourage and attract a diverse range of artists to apply, including disabled and D/deaf artists, through the offer of fully accessible programmes which have access support factored into their bid and budget

Shortlisted applicatants will be notified by Friday 13 December 2019 and  should be prepared to host a site-visit and/or follow-up call during the week of 16 December 2019.

IFS2019 Vietnam / Photo: Agnese Sanvito, copyright British Council

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