Residency application SUMMER 2022

WHEN: Between 4 and 6 weeks from May 16th to June 26th.

DEADLINE: Deadline for applications is Saturday May 7th at Midnight
Successful applicants will be informed by Friday May 13th.

WHO: Visual and performance artists living and working in Cornwall.

WHERE: Lostwithiel, Cornwall
We are 2 minutes walk from Lostwithiel train station

FEE: £1000

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WHAT: The residency includes

• A month to six week long studio residency, with overhead costs for the space covered. The space is located on the site of a former dairy in the heart of Lostwithiel. It is 12m x 6m size, with a high ceiling, suitable for work at most scales. There is also the sole use of a 4m x 3m test space which can be used for experimental works, installations and performances. There is an extensive compliment of tools, easels and basic materials available. There is also AV equipment including camera, projector and various screens.
• The option of local accommodation may be available, if required; a limited number of nights free of charge.
• An artist fee of £750.
• A production budget of £150 towards materials and related costs agreed with UNIT3.
• A fee of up to £100 to run an engagement workshop. The option to hold informal meet-ups, groups or crits is possible if you are unable to lead workshops.
• Support for a public-facing event: exhibition of work in progress, a performance, film screening, discussion group etc.
• Curatorial and critical support from the UNIT3 team, invited curators and local arts professionals.

We would like to see:

• Applications from visual and performance artists. We are looking for individuals with significant potential and drive, who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production, but who may not have previously had much support or notable exhibition opportunities from arts organisations. Educational qualifications will neither add or detract from your suitability to this residency; however, if you are currently studying we would expect you to disclose this and explain how this opportunity sits outside of the support you are given by your educational institution.
• Applications which clearly define why this opportunity will be of use to your practice at this moment in your career.
• Applications which engage with the context of Lostwithiel. While we don’t expect every application to be site-specific, there does need to be an understanding of the town, site and its potentials, audience, and challenges.
• To agree with UNIT3 a commitment to be physically present, for a minimum agreed number of days, in the test and studio spaces. We are aware of how precarious income streams are for creatives at present and will not expect an unreasonable commitment of your time which would adversely impact on other projects and work.
• That applicants have thought about the engagement workshop opportunities, and how this may relate or feed into their wider residency. This would be with local community members and/or with students from nearby Fowey River Academy or Bodmin College. Whilst experience of running workshops is not essential, we would expect you to demonstrate your confidence in delivering this type of activity and ability to work with the public. We can give support on this element of the residency programme. Workshops which may need to be delivered outside or digitally can be accommodated.
• You would need to be registered as self-employed and hold an enhanced DBS check. If you don’t know what these things are, please still apply, as we can signpost you to support to put these things in place.
• We welcome applications from neurodiverse and disabled artists, please let us know if you have any additional access needs either for application or residency. The studio space is located on the first floor of the building, with no lift. If this would be a barrier for you, please get in contact and we can discuss how we could support you.

UNIT3 is an artist-led studio, performance, exhibition and project space in Lostwithiel, Cornwall. It is thanks to support from Cultivator, FEAST and Creative Kernow that we are able to offer this residency to a visual or performing artist based in Cornwall.

We provide artists with long and short-term studio facilities alongside opportunities to experiment and take risks; trying out new ideas within their practice.

We work closely with local communities by providing engagement opportunities including workshops, exhibitions, talks and creative led community projects.

We believe that contemporary creative practices have an important role to play within the local and wider communities. To further this goal we also engage with local schools, further and higher educational bodies aiming to inspire and motivate through performance, making, playing and encouraging experimentation.

We also send out a massive thankyou to Rame Projects for their callout language and model. It is an exemplar of best practice and deserves credit here.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Community Renewal Fund in Cornwall.