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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Residency Opportunity At Wigtown Book Festival 2013 and Spring Fling 2014

from Spring Fling
Spring Fling and Wigtown Book Festival are seeking to appoint a visual artist or maker as artist-in-residence for a two-part residency at Wigtown Book Festival 27 September - 6 October 2013 and Spring Fling 24 - 26 May 2014.
The Last Bookshop in Wigtown by D. Trump
-->We would like to invite a visual artist or craft maker to apply for a 12-day residency in Wigtown during which they will make and show new work inspired by Wigtown Book Festival, and by the meeting of people and minds that happens during this annual 10-day celebration. This will culminate in a new body of work to be shown over 3 days during Spring Fling 2014.
Selection for the residency will automatically guarantee the artist a place in Spring Fling 24 - 26 May 2014 during which time they will present the results of their residency, a new piece/body of work, in Wigtown. The selected artist must agree to be on site in an open studio-style environment in Wigtown during Spring Fling hours (10.30am to 5.30pm on all three days) and available to talk to the public about their work during this time. We will confirm the studio location as soon as possible after selection.

During their 12-day residency the selected artist will be expected to engage fully with the book festival, attending festival events and engaging with festival visitors and speakers -we will prioritise original work that encourages participation across a range of ages, interests and social backgrounds.

We encourage proposals from artists using social media and digital media either as part of their work or alongside their work.

We will provide a studio-style space for the artist to create work in during this time and the artist will be expected to be present in the studio to talk to visitors about their work for a certain amount of time during the residency. Times for this can be limited and agreed in advance but this must be done immediately following selection to ensure that details can be listed in the Wigtown Book Festival brochure.

The selected artist must agree to create artwork inspired by Wigtown Book Festival. This should include the actual festival itself but might also cover its engagement with the town, with local inhabitants, with visitors and with ideas.

The successful applicant will receive a fee of £3,000, to include any materials and travel costs both during Wigtown Book Festival 2013 and during Spring Fling 2014.

Accommodation will be provided free of charge (possibly sharing a cottage space with writers attending Wigtown Book Festival) throughout the residency and again during Spring Fling 2014.

The artist will be given free entry into Spring Fling 2014 (participation fee for 2013 was £250).
How to apply

If you would like to apply for this residency we would request the following:

·       Six images of your work in digital format

·       A statement about your practice

·       An up-to-date CV

·       Up to 400 words (maximum) about how you would spend your time in Wigtown, what you would propose to produce by the end of the 12-day residency and details of any relevant experience you have in this area.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel, including board members of Spring Fling, the Spring Fling manager and the director and manager of Wigtown Book Festival. Shortlisted artists will be expected to attend a brief interview on Friday 28 June 2013 in Dumfries, for which expenses will be paid, providing these are reasonable and agreed in advance.

Please email your application to Leah Black

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