NET//WORK

British Council in partnership with Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, and Digital Arts Studios, Belfast is pleased to announce the second round of Net//Work Online Digital Arts Residencies. Together they will select mid-career visual artists who work creatively with digital technologies to participate in online residencies for four weeks.

Net//Work offers time for reflection, research, practice, skills exchange, and professional networking opportunities focused on digital artistic practices and technologies.

Each online 4-week residency is open to mid-career visual artists based in South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, or Malaysia who work creatively with digital technologies (work that is made or presented using digital technology).

The residencies will consist of online mentoring with Wysing and DAS staff, group conversations, problem solving surgeries, guest talks and workshops with external curators and artists and 1:1 tuition. Following the residency, artists will have the opportunity to participate in an online exhibition hosted by each residency partner.

We are looking for a diverse range of mid-career visual artists. Net//Work aims to be a fully accessible programme, and we encourage disabled and/or D/deaf visual artists to apply. Access provision and costs will be met in addition to the artist fee, subsistence, and production costs.

What do we mean by mid-career?

We recognise that artists' careers progress in different ways. 'Mid-career' could mean reaching one or more of the following milestones: participation in at least one solo exhibition selected by a recognised curator; participation in at least 6 group exhibitions; recognition through the publication or exhibition of their work at galleries and museums, nationally or internationally; acquisition of an artwork by government, local authority, or museum/gallery nationally or internationally.

What do we mean by digital art?

Here are some examples of digital art and artists who work creatively with digital technologies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RWop0Gln24.

 
The deadline for submitting applications is 12:00 midnight (British Summer Time BST) Sunday 13 June 2021.


HOW TO APPLY:

Further details on the Net//Work open call and how to apply can be found in the Net//Work Guidance Notes and NET//WORK Easy-Read Doc.

Please also complete and submit the anonymised Equality and Diversity Equality Monitoring Form by email to visual.arts@britishcouncil.org

We want to make the application process accessible to all candidates, and welcome application submissions by video. Please see the Net//Work Guidance Notes for further instructions. If you have any questions, please contact: visual.arts@britishcouncil.org

 

Submit your application online

 

KEY INFORMATION

  • Artist Fee: £1,000 + subsistence and production costs
  • Financial support of up to £1000 will be provided for reasonable adjustment requirements.
  • Residency Dates: 25 October – 19 November 2021

 

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:

  • Must be a mid-career visual artist who has reached one or more of the following milestones: participation in at least one solo exhibition selected by a recognised curator; participation in at least 6 group exhibitions; recognition through the publication or exhibition of their work at galleries and museums, nationally or internationally; acquisition of an artwork by government, local authority, or museum/gallery nationally or internationally
  • Applicants must be based in South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, or Malaysia. Applications must be made by individual applicants.
  • Applications must be in English. By this we mean written English if you are submitting a written application or spoken English if submitting by video recording.
  • Provide evidence of English language proficiency (this will be assessed if you are shortlisted, as part of the interview conversation).

Note: We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who use access workers to support their application, such as sign language interpreters, PA (Personal Assistant) support, communication support workers etc. Please submit the format of application which is most accessible to you using your support workers as necessary, to ensure we receive it in proficient written or spoken English.

There is a section in the application where you can let us know about the kind of access support you may require during the residency. It is important that you complete this section to provide us with the information we need to support you with access, should this be required.

 

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR WITH THIS OPEN CALL?

Applications will be assessed against the essential criteria outlined above and the three questions below. They will be reviewed by a selection panel, including representatives from the British Council, Wysing Arts Centre and Digital Arts Studios.

  • Submission of a critical review of your work (e.g., link to or copy of publication or review of your work at galleries and museums, nationally or internationally) AND a signed letter of support by someone you have worked with, or for professionally, but NOT a family member or friend.
  • Tell us why you want to participate in this residency, including why you will benefit from working alongside other artists and what you plan to work on.
  • A maximum of 3 examples of your work in ‘JPG’ format

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE?

Net//Work residencies are NOT capacity and skill-building opportunities for emerging visual artists or visual artists solely making computer generated imagery.

SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS WILL NEED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR A FOLLOW-UP CONVERSATION BETWEEN 3 - 6 AUGUST 2021

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED THE WEEK BEGINNING 9 AUGUST 2021.

If you have any questions, please email visual.arts@britishcouncil.org. We look forward to receiving your applications.

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY PARTNERS

Wysing Arts Centre

Wysing Arts Centre is a thriving cultural campus of ten buildings across an 11-acre rural site in Cambridgeshire which hosts experimental and thematic residencies for UK and international artists and delivers a critically acclaimed public programme of gallery exhibitions and events.

Wysing supports artists to make new work, explore new ways of working and make new collaborations. Residencies have emerged from ongoing artistic enquiry focusing on Wysing’s position at the geographic margins of two major cities, Cambridge and London, and at its origin as a space for artistic experimentation and innovation. Across 2020, Wysing is putting broadcasting and digital technologies at the centre of all its activity.

London based Artist and researcher Anna Bunting-Branch will mentor Net//Work artists during the residency period. Moving between different practices–including painting, writing and animation–her work explores science fiction as a methodology to re-vision feminist practice and its histories. www.annabuntingbranch.com

For more information about Wysing Arts Centre and the programme specifics see: www.wysingartscentre.org

Digital Arts Studios

Digital Arts Studios (DAS) is based in Belfast’s City Centre, in the Cathedral Quarter. Within walking distance of the many distinctive cultural zones of Belfast including the Titanic and Linen Quarters, DAS provides artists with a dynamic central hub from which to work and be inspired by Belfast’s industrial character and heritage.

DAS has hosted hundreds of local and international artists since 2008, attracting a diverse range of artists to its residency. The programme offers support to artists working with digital media and technology from production stage to presentation, providing training during the development of new work and support with problem solving for installation. DAS also delivers an exciting programme of workshops for artists working with new and emerging technologies via the Future Labs Programme.

DAS has partnered with Golden Thread Gallery for its Net//Work residency and Gallery Director Peter Richards will offer mentoring for the selected artists and creative practitioners. He has over twenty years’ experience in the arts, both as a curator and an artist.

For more information about DAS, their partner Golden Thread Gallery and the programme: www.digitalartsstudios.com and www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk