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Open call - Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency 2018

Stuart Hall Foundation and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) are pleased to announce the second  Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency commencing in February 2018. The residency is a funded opportunity for an artist to be in residence at Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library over a three-month period from February to April 2018. The selected artist will receive a total sum of £4,500 and given support to pursue their research in the library.

Professor Stuart Hall (1932 - 2014) was actively engaged in the arts throughout his life, and in particular the visual arts. He chaired the board of Iniva for more than a decade and championed the establishment of Rivington Place. Professor Stuart Hall worked closely with artists, filmmakers and photographers, writing about the visual arts, informing critical thinking and influencing public policy on arts education. 

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Residency brief
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Building on the distinct connections between both organisations, the residency offers a visual artist the opportunity to develop their practice by excavating the ideas contained within the library, taking the writings of Professor Stuart Hall as a starting point. 

We are particularly interested in working with an artist whose practice is informed by perspectives on politics, identity and activism; who is interested in the language of the international and ideas around diaspora; and whose methodology may relate to notions of archiving and the archival. 

A physical outcome of the residency is not expected, we want to emphasise that the process of research is the prime focus of this residency, though a public presentation reflecting on the residency will be required within the scope of the brief.

The artist is expected to be to in residence over a three-month period from February to April 2018 and to spend at least five days per month researching in the library. As the library is in constant use, the artist will be unable to have a studio/production space on site. The residency does not include accommodation.

Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library is an open access reference library located at Rivington Place in Shoreditch, London EC2A 3BA. 

The development of the collection takes Professor Stuart Hall’s work as a guiding principle, and in keeping with this, the library collects around art, which takes issues such as cultural identity as its theme. The book collection includes over 10,000 volumes. The library holds over 4,000 group exhibition catalogues, 3,500 works on individual artists, and 2,500 contextual, historical or theoretical works as well as over 200 periodical titles and over 200 zines. 

Current library hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. Starting from October 2017, the library is due to open 12pm to 6pm on Saturdays. The library is fully wheelchair accessible and is free to all users.

Residency Fee

The selected artist will receive a fee of £3,750, plus up to £750 to cover materials, travel and subsistence costs. 

How to Apply

The Iniva/Stuart Hall Foundation Artist’s Residency is open to visual artists based in the UK, with a proven track record of at least 5 years. 

To submit an application please complete the online application form here. Please read this residency brief and FAQs carefully before applying.

You will be required to submit:

  • A summary of your research project (50 words maximum)
  • A research proposal (250 words maximum)
  • Describe how you would approach your research in the library (250 words maximum)
  • Statement of your specific interest in the residency (100 words maximum)
  • An envisaged outcome of the residency (250 words maximum) 
  • A proposed budget outline up to £750 
  • CV (2 pages maximum)
  • Supporting visual material, which must be supplied as follows: 
5 images maximum or 3 video clips (max length of all clips - 5min). Please note that you can only upload images. If you would like to submit video files, please provide us with a Dropbox or WeTransfer link.
Please only include visual material relevant to your work and this proposal. 
  • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
This form will be used for statistical purposes only.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 25 September 2017.

For further information about the residency or if there is a particular reason (such as dyslexia) that may require you to submit a postal application please contact us at: info@stuarthallfoundation.org.

Selection and shortlisting 

The shortlisting and selection for this opportunity will take place in October 2017. All proposals will be viewed by representatives from Iniva (Institute for International Visual Arts) and the Stuart Hall Foundation. We aim to contact all applicants by the end October, and the successful applicant will be announced in early November 2017. 

FAQs
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Q: What is the purpose of this residency?


Building on the distinct connections between Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and Stuart Hall Foundation, the residency offers a visual artist the opportunity to develop their practice by excavating the ideas contained within the library, taking the writings of Professor Stuart Hall as a starting point. We are particularly interested in working with an artist whose practice is informed by perspectives on politics, identity and activism; who is interested in the language of the international and ideas around diaspora; and whose methodology may relate to notions of archiving and the archival.


Q: How long will the residency last?


The artist is expected be to in residence over a three-month period from February to April 2018 and to spend at least five days per month researching in the library.


Q: How much financial support will the artist receive?


The selected artist will receive a fee of £3,750. In addition, the artist will receive a fee of up to £750 to cover all materials, travel and subsistence costs. The recipient is responsible for payment of taxes as applicable and is not employed by either Iniva or the Stuart Hall Foundation.


Q: Do you provide accommodation?


The residency does not include accommodation. The artist fees will cover materials, travel and subsistence costs (max £750). We will not cover any accommodation costs related to the residency.


Q: Do I need to have a studio?


As the library is open to public and in constant use, the artist will be unable to have a studio/production space on site. Depending on the nature of your work, you may need to have a working space outside the library.

For library opening hours, please visit http://www.iniva.org/library/access-visiting/.


Q: Is the residency annual? Will the theme of the residency be the same each year?


The residency is run annually. Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and Stuart Hall Foundation reserves the right to review the brief of the residency on an annual basis.


Q: Is the artist expected to present an outcome at the end of the residency?


An outcome of the residency is not expected, we want to emphasise that the process of research is the prime focus of the residency. However, a public presentation reflecting on the residency will be required within the scope of the brief. This is covered in the fees and subject to discussion with Iniva and Stuart Hall Foundation.


Q: Who can apply for the residency?


The artist’s residency is open to visual artists based in the UK, with a proven track record of at least 5 years.


Q: What counts as a proven track record of at least 5 years.


We have defined a track record as presenting or exhibiting work publicly in physical space, print and online broadcasting over the last 5 years.


Q: Is the residency open to artist collectives?


We accept applications from artist collectives as long as the collective accepts the same budget and are aware of the limitations of the library space (we won’t be able to accommodate more than three people throughout the residency).


Q: Is the residency for visual artists only or are the applications accepted from artists who work in dance, performance and live art? 


The residency is not limited to visual artists only, we welcome applications from artists working in all disciplines as long as they meet the criteria.


Q: Can curators and art writers apply for the residency?


The residency is predominantly for applicants who work within an artistic practice, however, if you are an artist whose work also touches on curating or writing you are eligible to apply for the residency.


Q: How to apply?


To apply, please read the brief carefully and complete the online application form by 5pm on Monday, 25th September 2017.  Late applications will not be accepted.


Q: How to complete the application form?


All applications must be submitted using the online form (link to the form). Complete each section and ensure that you do not exceed the maximum number of words in each section. You will not be able to submit the form if you have exceeded the maximum number of words.

Please submit your visual material using the online form. Please note that you can only upload images. If you would like to submit video files, please provide us with a Dropbox or WeTransfer link.

Please submit 5 images or 3 video clips (maximum lengths of all clips – 5 min).


Q: The brief states that the applicant may submit 3 videos or 5 images. Am I able to submit a combination of video and images? (e.g. 4 images and 1 video, or 3 images and 2 videos)?


The stipulation of 3 videos or 5 images is intended to give flexibility to artists who might prefer to submit moving image material rather than stills, you can submit a combination of video and images.


Q: I would like to submit my written work in addition to video or images. Am I able to do it?


Yes, you can submit an extract in form of a PDF (with full bibliography) which is no longer than 1 page. This will count as one of your 5 submissions of visual material.


Q: Is it possible to see the space before submitting the application?


All potential applicants are welcome to look at the space during the library opening hours. Please follow the link to find out more about visiting the Stuart Hall Library http://www.iniva.org/library/access-visiting/.


A dedicated Q&A session will be organised on 12th September, 6.30 – 8.00pm at Stuart Hall Library at Iniva. If you would like to attend this session, please register using the Eventbrite link.


Q: Is the residency open to international applicants?


No, this year the residency is open only to artists based in the UK.


Q: I am an international artist currently living in the UK. Do I need to prove that I’ve been living in UK for past 5 years to be eligible?


No, if you are a currently living in the UK, then you are eligible to apply irrespective of the date you arrived in the UK.


Q: I am not a British Citizen; can I still apply for the residency?


Yes, anyone who is currently based in the UK is eligible to apply for the residency.


Q: Are the dates of the residency fixed?


The artist is expected to be to in residence over a three-month period from February to April 2018. The artist should be available to start the residency in February; however, some flexibility may be considered for the right candidate.


Q: Am I able to apply for the residency if I am a part time or full-time student?


Due to nature of the residency, unfortunately we are not able to accept applications from students who are pursuing Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. PhD students are eligible to apply for the residency.


Q: When will I hear if my application has been successful?


The shortlisting and selection for the residency will take place in October 2017. All proposals will be viewed by representatives from Iniva and the Stuart Hall Foundation. We aim to contact all applicants by the end of October, and the successful applicant will be announced in early November 2017.

 

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL TUESDAY, 26TH SEPTEMBER 12 PM.



If you have any further questions, please contact Ilze Rieba at info@stuarthallfoundation.org.