To celebrate the opening of Coachworks in Ashford, proposals are now being sought for a 7-month artist-in-residence opportunity, with a residency fee and allocated rent free studio space.
Turner Works and Ashford Borough Council are looking to commission an exciting artist or creative collective that will help to kick start creative engagement in our ‘meanwhile’ use development – Coachworks in Dover Place. It is important to us that the successful applicant will be an ambassador for creativity, positively engaging with visitors coming to the site, as well as interact and stimulate interest with the many new businesses that begin to take up office incubator, food and beverage spaces.
The appointed artist will explore the immediate environs and create informal opportunities to speak to development partners, the public, local visitors, and new tenants to better understand the location, aspiration, and various contexts in which people have with the site. This, we hope, will develop into a series of well-planned and accessible monthly events, workshops and/or other activities, resulting in creative work being shared with participants. This may be physical, temporary, ephemeral, printed, photographic, live, film, documentary etc. and must be open to the public.
The use of a dedicated space for the appointed artist is offered by this residency to create and deliver such work. The spec of the space is 12sqm in area, 2.4 up to 3.5m high, has power and basic lighting, floor to ceiling glazing to the exterior and is constructed from exposed timber studwork with OSB timber walls and floor finishes. The space has radiator heating and wifi. It is hoped that the commission will come to an end, as an event in itself, and programmed as part of the Council’s annual festival – Create Platform in mid-July 2020. It may be required that the artist is to also take part or be available for some of the phased opening or themed events being planned for the site.
This is an open call process. We are inviting artists to submit proposals for this commission. We are especially keen to hear from Kent based artists.
Upon shortlisting, a number of artists will be invited to attend an interview to present a selection of their previous relevant work and their initial thoughts in response to this brief and how they would approach the commission. The interview selection panel will be made up of representatives from Turner Works and Ashford Borough Council.
The total fee for this commission is £13,000 inclusive, to include all work such as planning, meetings, engagement, creative development time and any events or other agreed project outcomes. In addition, there will be a travel and expenses budget (max. £500) and a separate production and materials budget of £2,500 both to be managed by Coachworks.