Artists welcome to reflect in Carlisle

Artists welcome to reflect in Carlisle  name

The University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, in partnership with Carlisle City Council and co-funded by Arts Council England is to host two, 4-month Artist Residencies.

In acknowledgement of the principles of immersion and its value as a condition of ‘getting to know’ a place, it is expected that these residencies will also reflect in some way on recent floods in Carlisle.

Floods are an environmental effect that increasingly haunt many of the world’s populations. How we respond to this threat and to flooding events themselves inevitably demands that we draw on faculties and insights previously untested. In Carlisle for instance, thousands of people were affected and every one of those people carries experiences and stories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Bids are sought from artists interested in working across disciplines and who bring a variety of approaches to the idea of ‘site’ and a demonstration of this approach will be examined as part of the selection process.

The OFS Arts Centre is already a busy and successful music, theatre and comedy venue but this project, in establishing a programme of artist residences, will effectively be commissioning new contemporary artworks and activity to inform and enrich the cultural identity of the City.


Each Artist Resident will receive a bursary of up to £5,000 to be paid in instalments over the period of their residency.

Individuals (or collaborative artists) will be provided with office and exhibition space in the OFS building to use as a lab for research and production.  

Residents will also deliver a (modest) schedule of public events, comprising for example, a workshop, a lecture, a seminar – the details of which programme will be negotiated as part of the appointment.

There will be an exhibition (or equivalent) at the conclusion of each residency. 

In addition to the space, for production purposes, the Residents will also have access to University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts (UCIA) workshops and labs, situated a 15-minute walk away, at Brampton Road Campus.

It is expected that during the period of the Residency, each Resident will offer tutorials and/or a formal lecture to undergraduate/postgraduate students at the UCIA.


Submissions are invited from practicing artists living in the UK and working in any medium/media. It is anticipated that site-specificity, site-sensitive or socially-engaged approaches will be regarded favourably in the panel’s selections. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK


In the first instance we invite artists to apply with research proposals in response to the above.

On selection by panel, the six most promising applicants will then receive £300 each to develop their ideas

The two successful applicants will be selected from this shortlist on the basis of their developed submissions

The timeline for the selection process is as follows:

January 3rd            Open Call for Artists’ Submissions

February 3rd          Submission Deadline

February 9th            Shortlist announced (6 artists)

March 3rd               Final Proposal Deadline (6 artists)

March 16th             Successful Artist Residents announced (2 artists)

To Apply:

Please send a PDF proposal using the application form including:

  1. a written proposal linking to existing practice and including any images/diagrams you feel will help us visualise your ideas
  2. a set of images indicating examples of your practice and works
  3. your current CV (including your website address)
  4. any additional content that is relevant to your proposal (for example: research bibliographies, maps, documentation, video material)

Deadline for applications 16.00hrs Friday 03 February 2017 For more details of how to apply please go to: