Overcoming barriers to artists’ residencies
An Artist Talk + Discussion event
Friday 26th February, 10am – 1pm
The Old Fire Station, University of Salford,
off The Crescent (A6), Salford, M5 4WL
Admission: Free, please register weareresident.eventbrite.co.uk
This event is for artists interested in undertaking an artists’ residency and particularly for those who feel they maybe unable to pursue a residency (for whatever reason). Artists who have taken part in residencies are also encouraged to come along and share their experiences.
Artists Nicola Smith, Helen Knowles, Jason Wilsher-Mills and Pool Arts will talk about their individual experiences of residencies and some of the barriers they overcame to undertake them including: undertaking an international residency in Qatar from your sickbed; going to Santa Fe to work with indigenous native American Midwives; with your partner and baby in Finland or in a shed on an allotment in Manchester.
During the event artist Nicola Smith will also talk about an artist residency opportunity in Tampere, Finland, which she is currently developing in partnership with Islington Mill, Salford, and the Artists Association in Tampere.
In 2014, Nicola participated in a 2-week artist residency in Finland with her husband and then 6-month old baby in tow; an opportunity she found rare given that most residencies tend to cater for the individual, with few accepting partners let alone children. As a result this got her thinking as to “who else feels unable to participate in artist residencies?” Nicola set-up this event, with support from the University of Salford, as part of her research for developing a fully supported artists’ residency opportunity for those who feel unable to participate within existing programmes.
Nicola’s research and development project is funded by Art Council England.