About the project
Post Industrial Revolution is an artistic residency exchange between the UK and Poland focusing on the cities of Birmingham and Gdansk, in particular the areas of Digbeth and the Gdansk Shipyard. The comparisons between Digbeth and the Gdansk Shipyard as post industrial sites are of significance, each city has at some stage been deeply affected by the demise of industry, its movement abroad, and more recently the development of cultural and leisure industries in these former industrial areas. What interests us is how visual art can be seen to carry out and reflect this shift in usage, the change in social and industrial history of such spaces and its implications.
Post-Industrial Revolution is developed in collaboration with the Lombard Method (UK) and Wyspa Institute of Art (Poland). The Project is conceived by curators Roma Piotrowska and Kate Pennington – Wilson in partnership with Polish Expats Association. Post – Industrial Revolution is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council.
For more information about the project visit our blog http://www.postindustrialrevolution.blogspot.com/
About the residency
Three artists from each country will be selected to take part in the exchange and invited to respond to the industrial heritage of these districts. We are currently seeking submissions from Polish artists (resident in Poland) to take part in the first strand of this project. The three applicants from Poland will be offered a 1 month residency (15 of January 2011 – 15 of February 2011) in Birmingham. This Residency will culminate in a two week exhibition within the studio/ project space of the Lombard Method. A series of events including a workshop, artist talk and screening will be developed to accompany the exhibition. The Gdansk element of this exchange will take place in May 2011.
We particularly welcome applications from early career artists with an interest in develop site specific works.
Post – Industrial Revolution offers:
- Accommodation for 1 month in Birmingham
- Flight costs
- Expenses @ £400 per person for 1 month
- £350 towards Material costs for each artist to develop new art works (please note this amount will need to include the hire costs of any equipment required)
- Use of the project spaces at the Lombard Method
- An organized Group critique developed through the Lombard Method offering artists feedback and critical discourse during the residency
- The opportunity to take part in an exhibition internationally
- The opportunity to develop relationships with members of the Lombard Method, other art organizations and artists based in Birmingham
The chosen artist will be expected to:
- Develop research focusing on the history and social context of Birmingham including visiting museums, galleries, archives etc.
- Produce site responsive work, reflecting the changing nature of Digbeth and its historical context which will be displayed during the final exhibition. Work must be new and consist of any media (installation, performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture, etc.).
- Take part in an artist talk during the residency period, (offering insight into each artists individual practice). This will take the form of an open discussion between artists and curators.
- Engage in artistic and curatorial dialog with the curators and the Lombard Method team in the development of their ideas and activities
- Engage with local communities during their stay and take advantage of opportunities for critical and artistic discourse and exchange of ideas
To apply for this residency you must be:
- at the early stage of your career
- A Polish citizen or resident in Poland for 3 years or more
To apply please send
- Your reasons for applying (no more than one side of A4)
- Project proposal with an example budget of up to £350 for developing new work – doesn't have to be realized during the residency (no more then one side of A4)
- Your CV
- Examples of previous work (A selection of photographs, or other documentation of your work. A CD of images is also acceptable. Please do not send original artwork).
- A completed equal opportunities monitoring form (you can find it here).
Please send applications via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or via post to Roma Piotrowska, Flat 3, 14 York Rd, B16 9JB, Birmingham, UK.
Deadline for receipt of applications: Wednesday, the 1st of December 2010. We will notify successful applicants between 15 and 20 of December 2010. It is anticipated that successful applicants will arrive in Birmingham during the 3rd week of January 2011.
For an informal discussion prior to submitting an application contact Roma Piotrowska or Kate Pennington-Wilson via email email@example.com
Please note: Proposals should be sent preferably in English, but we also accept applications in Polish.