Press Release: National Arts charity Outside In and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announce residency opportunity as part of Whose Heritage? Rethinking the West Dean Collection
Submissions are now open for artists from national charity Outside In (www.outsidein.org.uk) or artists that fit the criteria of the charity in terms of facing significant barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstances or isolation to undertake a residency at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation (www.westdean.org.uk).
The selected artist will be invited to respond to the College’s Historic House, Collection and Archive as part of Whose Heritage? Rethinking the West Dean Collection is a research project set up to re-evaluate how the collections are displayed throughout the Historic House, and asks how broader social and cultural engagement can help institutional ambitions and change. Applications are strongly encouraged from artists from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and artists who would like to explore the artefacts in the collection and the ethics around the display and interpretation of these pieces.
The week-long residency is an opportunity for an artist who is interested in the themes of this project and would like to spend time at West Dean College making new artwork in response to them. Artists can work in any medium including, but not limited to textiles, sculptures, painting, drawing, film, installation, writing and music. Please note that this residency is an opportunity for research and experiment so there is no expectation to produce a final piece of work.
The selected artist will receive £500 for taking part in the residency. This fee must also cover the costs towards any art materials needed during the residency. Accommodation will be provided at the college and there will be support for travel costs within the UK. The deadline for application is on Monday 3rd August 2020 at 10am.