Open Call | New Lodge Arts Artist in Residence 2017, Belfast

Application deadline: Friday 24 March, 12noon

New Lodge Arts is seeking to employ an Artist in Residence for a one year placement starting in April 2017.

New Lodge Arts provide innovative, fun and educational activities that stretch right across the community and political divide in north Belfast delivering over 800 workshops per year. Working with approximately 3,000 children, young people, and their families from across Greater New Lodge and North Belfast, New Lodge Arts has embedded itself at the heart of North Belfast. With a strong community focus and a passion for supporting the needs of young people within the area, New Lodge Arts continue to strengthen and develop their annual arts programme in order to tackle the real issues that affect young people in north Belfast.

Purpose of the Artist in Residence Programme:
New Lodge Arts is interested in exploring, through this residency, the relationship between artist, community and place, where the meaning of the work is implicit; obvious rather than hidden. The residency will creatively investigate approaches to working effectively within a community context to platform the views and concerns of local people, so that through this process they have might an impact on their environment. The residency will be collaboration between artist and community rather than artist delivering to the community.

The Artist in Residence will work in a community context. S/he will understand the community, or the context of place, and through collaboration, negotiation, discussion and forming relationships with the community, will articulate ‘a sense of place’. They will take on the role of facilitator, collaborator and participant with a weekly presence of at least eight hours per week in the community. The artist will bring their skills and ability to communicate while the community will bring their knowledge, ideas, aspirations and dynamic. The work created will have a connection with the context whether people or place.

The artist will connect to nearby community facilities (e.g. The FabLab) and contribute their skills and expertise to the New Lodge Arts programme.

The scheme will run from April 2017 – March 2018
The Artist in Residence will be expected to spend at least 8 hours per week within the Culture Shop or delivering programmes locally. This will be agreed with the Arts Programme and Operations Manager.

£6, 000 (inclusive of VAT and all expenses)

Submission Details:
All prospective candidates are asked to submit their CV (no longer than 3 pages), some examples of your work and a letter that demonstrates your competency to the following areas;

1. Arts Experience – professional (300 words)
2. Community Arts experience (300 words)
3. Working on own initiative to deliver project goals (100 words)
4. Leading project work – liaising with project team (100 words)

For full details visit:

Submissions and queries to:
Anne Delaney, Arts Programme and Operations Manager

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