Open call for artists, writers, curators or researchers for Haarlem Artspace’s Collectivism Residency May 13 – 17, 2019

Haarlem Artspace provides quality, dedicated studio space for contemporary artists, writers and other creative businesses alongside a public programme of cutting-edge exhibitions, talks and events designed to engage and inspire.  This will be an opportunity to join our studio holders, associates and guests from Instituto Procomum in Brazil, our partners on the British Council’s Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies programme for five days of dynamic activity. Our aims are to demystify artistic and collaborative working and encourage debate, reconsidering rural contemporary arts and the experiences of resilience through collectivism. Participants will engage in activities exploring how the collective multidisciplinary studio experience invigorates an individual’s practice. This can include anything you would like to work on within the spirit of the themes and is an opportunity to share your work with other people whilst working in the context of a vibrant shared-studio space. You may equally have a specific project that you want to carry out over the week.  We invite one of the participants to document the residency using writing, drawing and digital recording which will be shared on a new digital platform following the residency. 

Application process:

  • Application deadline is 15/04/19
  • Successful applications will be announced w/c 22 April 2019
  • To apply, please send completed applications to consisting of:
    • up to 3 examples of your work, (which will also be used in an introductory welcome presentation)
    • a short (400 words max) statement about your artistic practice
    • a proposal for what you plan to do during your time and why you wish to take part in the residency
    • whether you meet the DICE criteria (see below) or are applying for one of the 2 other places
    • and let us know if you would like to document the residency

No files above 5mb please. If you are not selected for the monthly programme, we will not keep your details on file unless you specifically ask us to do so.

Those selected will be awarded a bursary of £40/day for 5 days (total £200) to cover subsistence such as travel, food and any materials = £200

The residency is open to those working in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, performance, photography, installation, collage, textile, mixed media, film, digital and writing mediums, as well as researchers and curators. Applicants must be over 18 years of age.

This residency is being supported by Arts Council England and by British Council. It is part of our British Council DICE project (Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies) focusing on strengthening enterprises that empower women and girls, foster youth employment and empower disabled people and other marginalised groups. We will ensure that 3 of the 5 selected artists fit this DICE criteria. Therefore on submission, please state on your application if you meet the above criteria, and how you meet it.  If you are applying and you don’t meet the above criteria, please let us know that you are applying for one of the 2 places that are not reserved for women, young people (between 18-35), disabled or another marginalised group.

The selection panel will include residency facilitator Alice Gale-Feeny, Artist, Curator & Haarlem Artspace Director, Olivia Punnett, Director of Instituto Procomum, Georgia Nicolau, and our conference partner and Managing Director of Junction Arts, Paul Steele.

Selected individuals are welcome to ‘camp’ inside the studios for free; please get in touch if you wish to do this: Alternatively, you can arrange private accommodation. Do let us know if you would like some local recommendations.

Please make sure you are prepared for our rural surroundings with weather proof clothing etc. You are welcome to bring pat-tested electricals or other art equipment with you.

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