Call for Artist in Residence - Drawing in Nature

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Posted 28th February 2020

Call for Artist in Residence - Drawing in Nature

Watts Gallery Trust, in partnership with The Big Draw, are seeking an Artist in Residence to respond to its forthcoming exhibition, Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin (10 March – 31 May 2020) and to produce new, participatory work for the Watts Gallery - Artists' Village.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 13 March 2020

We are interested in hearing from artists primarily working in drawing practices and inspired by the work of John Ruskin, engaged in exploring the natural world and issues currently affecting the environment. This could take many different forms, but some possible themes for consideration include:

  • Art in an age of climate change
  • Ecologies under threat
  • Nature vs the built environment
  • Representation vs reality of nature

Over the course of the residency, the artist should propose and produce a drawing-based work or series of works for the Watts Gallery - Artists' Village in response to the exhibition.

The role will bring opportunities to work alongside four groups important to Watts Gallery - Artists' Village: Visitors to the Watts Gallery – Artists' Village, which might include families, special interest groups and local creative professionals, schools and young people, community groups local to Surrey, Watts Gallery Trust's Curatorial and Public Programming teams.

The support the artist will receive during the residency:

  • Ensuring full access to the exhibition and wider museum collections.
  • Provide a purpose-built drawing studio from which to work and engage the public.
  • Promotion of work through website, social media channels and blogs.
  • Digital and physical avenues to exhibit final work and other outputs of the residency.
  • A budget for materials and technical assistance.

The residency will take place between 16 March and 31 May 2020. The selected artist will be given our purpose-built Artist in Residence studio on site as a base for their creative practice. For the duration of the exhibition season, this space will host a Nature Library – with a sensory display of feathers, moss, bark and stone.

The Studio is at ground level and fully accessible.

See full details and application information here.

We are interested in supporting artists at any stage of their careers. All selected artists must have Professional Indemnity and Public Liability in place prior to accepting the residency.

Watts Gallery Trust is committed to diversity and equality in our workforce, amongst our visitors and in our cultural offer. We welcome applications from suitably experienced artists /creatives from all backgrounds regardless of age, colour, sex, gender, religion, pregnancy or disability. We are particularly keen to receive applications from BAME and disabled artists / creatives.


Banner image: John Ruskin, Four Species of Grasses, undated, Pen and black ink and graphite Yale Center for British Art

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