Residency Opportunity: Outside In and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Outside In is working in partnership with West Dean College of Arts and Conservation to provide a residency opportunity for Outside In artists. Submissions are now open and the deadline for application is on Friday 1st May 2020 at 10am.  

West Dean College – Photograph by Christopher Ison ©

The selected artist will be invited to respond to the College’s Historic House, Collection and Archive as part of Whose Heritage? Rethinking the West Dean Collection, a project that questions the College’s colonial ties and asks how broader social and cultural engagement can help institutional ambitions and change.

We strongly encourage applications from artists from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and artists who would like to explore the artefacts in the collection and the ethics around the display and interpretation of these pieces.

One of Osman Digna’s drums captured at Tamai, Sudan. Presented to Frank Linsly James by General Kitchener in 1886.

The weeklong residency is an opportunity for an artist who is interested in the themes of this project and would like to spend time at West Dean College making new artwork in response to them. Artists can work in any medium including, but not limited to textiles, sculptures, painting, drawing, film, installation, writing and music.

Please note that this residency is an opportunity for research and experiment so there is no expectation to produce a final piece of work.

The selected artist will receive £500 for taking part in the residency. Please note this fee must also cover the costs towards any art materials needed during the residency. Accommodation will be provided at the college and there will be support for travel costs within the UK.

Please find full details including Easy Read version and application forms below . If you require further information or assistance, please contact Cornelia Marland on cornelia.marland@outsidein.org.uk or 01273 381311.

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