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Mount Stuart Trust Contemporary Visual Arts Programme. Open Call: Emerging Artist Residency in Socially Engaged Practice 2020/2021

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Mount Stuart Trust’s Visual Arts Programme has an international reputation with nineteen years experience of working with established artists. In 2018, the programme was expanded to include  artists at an earlier career stage. Following the success of the inaugural residencies Mount Stuart Trust is delighted to run the residency again this year. 

This specialist opportunity will give an emerging artist time and space to explore their practice in  relation to Bute island communities and to this end will focus on socially engaged practice. 

Covid 19 
We have reflected on the residency in the light of Covid 19, and invite artists to make their  applications according to our altered environment. Given the continuing changing circumstances, we  are open to creative explorations of social practice and the new challenges of isolation, digital  disadvantage and fostering resilience. We may not expect the successful candidate to be physically  present on Bute, depending on governmental guidelines, in which case site visits may be arranged. 

As part of our commitment to supporting artists from diverse backgrounds we encourage  applications from BAME, LGBT+ and disabled artists. Any artist that identifies in their application as a  member of any of these groups and fits the eligibility criteria will automatically be shortlisted. 

Length of residency: 4-8 weeks. 
Date: February-March 2021. 
Accommodation: accommodation on Bute will be provided if and as required (see Covid 19 above) Fee: £472 per week. 

To be eligible you should: 

Be based in Scotland or have attended a Scottish Art School 

Have graduated within the last five years 

Demonstrate a genuine commitment to socially engaged practice 

An invited panel, in conjunction with Mount Stuart Trust, will select the successful candidate. 

Applications are now invited and must include the following: 

CV, including two referees 

Letter of application demonstrating your commitment to and experience of socially engaged  practice. And an initial project proposal. 

6 images of work 

Completed Equality & Diversity monitoring form (available on request by email). 

Applications to be submitted to:  

Morven Gregor, Visual Arts Coordinator. Mount Stuart Trust, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, PA20 9LR Or email  

Deadline for applications: 4th December 2020 
Successful candidate announced: 22nd January 2021