MSB2015 Open Call
Deadline: 25 May 2015
Bloc Projects membership required
MSB 2015 is a UK based three part residency exchange for members of Bloc Projects, Castlefield Associates and Eastside Projects Extra Special People.
|| Leg 1: Manchester, 25th & 26th June ||
The first leg, hosted by CG Associates and Islington Mill Art Academy at Islington Mill, Salford, will comprise two days of loosely structured activity. During this time participants will make new work in the large spaces available, a process which we hope will spark discussion and the development of new ideas. The two-day exchange will kick off with introductions both within the group and with visitors from some of Manchester’s artist-led groups and organisations. On the second day invited curators will offer critical feedback on the work in progress and the two days will finish with a public Open Studio.
|| Leg 2: Sheffield, Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th July ||
The Sheffield session, hosted by Bloc Projects at their space in Sheffield, will follow a similar format, with participants working together in a shared space over two days, with visits from invited artists, curators and practitioners punctuating activity and an informal Open Studio inviting a broader audience to view the work and meet the participants.
|| Leg 3: Birmingham, Monday 3 to Friday 7 August ||
The Birmingham session, hosted by ESP at Stryx, Digbeth, will take place over five days offering participants a more sustained opportunity to consolidate some of their making, thinking and collaborating. Curators and practitioners from across the West Midlands will be invited to join the conversation and offer critical feedback on the work and plenty of opportunities for socializing with other ESP and Stryx members will be made available. This final leg will conclude with a celebration of the project where work will be presented at an Open Studio event at Digbeth First Friday.
|| Public Events ||
An informal public Open Studio event will mark the culmination of each mini-residency and provide an opportunity for reflection and public feedback.
After the project has finished we will invite participants to join a public conversation at the gallery space which they are affiliated with to reflect on the project and the artistic scenes in each of the three cities.
|| On Offer ||
- Shared work spaces in all three cities
- Accommodation in Manchester and Birmingham
- Travel costs to and from Manchester and Birmingham
In addition to this we are currently waiting to hear back from a funding application and are hoping to offer a bursary of £300 per participant to cover some materials/production costs.
|| Key Dates ||
Monday 25th May: Deadline for applications
Monday 1st June: Successful applicants informed
|| Eligibility ||
This opportunity is open to members of CG Associates; Extra Special People (ESP); and Bloc Projects.
*Please note: we are asking applicants to commit to attending all three legs of the exchange to ensure continuity*
|| How to Apply ||
Application is by email only.
Current or prospective Bloc Projects members please send the following material to email@example.com and write ‘MSB2015 Application’ in the email subject line.
Email attachments must be no larger than 5MB.
1. A single pdf that includes all of the following:
a. Your name, contact details and website address (if you have one).
b. A proposal which outlines the following (500 words max)
*Why you want to participate in the MSB2015 Exchange
*Why you think working with others in this context will be beneficial to your practice at this time.
c. An artist statement (200 words max)
d. An up-to-date CV
2. Evidence of your current and recent practice in the form of one of the following:
• A maximum of 10 images submitted via email.
• A direct link to a showreel of film and video work (maximum duration 5 minutes) uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.
• A direct link to audio work (maximum duration 5 minutes) uploaded to Soundcloud.
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