QUAD is seeking a UK-based artist or creative educator to undertake a practice-based Digital Participation Residency at QUAD in Derby to take place in late 2022 into early 2023.

The Digital Participation Artist in Residence programme is for artists who are engaged with the theory and practice of innovative digital arts practices and research. For our 2022-23 Residency opportunity we are particularly interested in supporting practitioners who have adopted digital and creative new media working in recent years.  

The successful artist will be keen to share their ideas with the public through workshops, as appropriate, and who wants to develop their work in a creative, supportive environment. QUAD has an artist’s studio and digital studio facilities available, but we are also happy for the residency to be undertaken through remote or hybrid engagement and working. The residency will also be supported by experienced members of the QUAD curatorial and education teams, and TECH: SQUAD.

The residency will need to take place between November 2022 – March 2023

Time commitment: 5-6 days

Financial contribution for the residency is £1000.00 (inc VAT)  

(There will also be a £150 travel and accommodation bursary made available for the successful applicant).  

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QUAD’s Season of Play: Play During the Pandemic

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QUAD’s Season of Play: Play During the Pandemic 
Open Call for UK Based Artists 
For Exhibition in QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces 2022 

Open Call Dates: Opens: Friday 11 March 2022,10am (GMT) 
Closes: Sunday 1 May 2022, 23:59 pm (GMT) 
Exhibition dates: 23rd July–30th October 2022 
Exhibition Launch: 22nd July 2022, 6:30 pm 

QUAD’s Season of Play is broad-ranging and will feature artists and works that connect to our sense of play and playfulness across all age ranges. The focus of this Open Call – titled ‘Play During the Pandemic’ will result in artists selected for exhibition in QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces. We are seeking work that pursues a different sense of 'Play' that relates to our daily life, our childhood and specifically how 'Play' has been transformed in the past two years during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


Alongside this exhibition, in QUAD’s main Gallery, are two separate exhibitions by artists Seema Mattu and Bruce Asbestos. Mattu and Asbestos, both current QUAD International Digital Fellows, were selected for their work that examines the theme of ‘Play’ in its broadest sense, including notions of playfulness, curiosity, imagination and – most importantly for QUAD and our continuing work – ‘wellbeing’ and participation. The QUAD Extra Gallery spaces Season of Play Open Call will run simultaneously to the main Gallery exhibition and takes as inspiration the same themes.  

This Open Call is aimed at UK based artists. We accept proposals of 2D and 3D works, also temporary works that can be directly applied to the gallery walls, plus video and sound works, and interactive works. There is a budget available for artist fees, travel as well as some production costs. QUAD has an extensive list of AV and computing equipment available. 

The gallery space is comprised of stairwells, corridors and mezzanine areas - it is a busy, well-used area of this large public building. We welcome applications from individuals and collectives and can offer payment for exhibiting the work. We can cover some production costs, installation and travel. For enquiries, please get in touch with Jodi Kwok - QUAD Assistant Curator. 

Please Note:  Artworks must be delivered/ installed between Monday 4th–Friday 15th July 2022.   

QUAD is an international centre for engagement in contemporary art and film, based in Derby. The year-round programme focuses on major exhibitions, professional practice for artists, mass participation, commissions, independent film and the creative use of emergent technologies. QUAD is a charity focused on intercultural dialogue through supporting diverse audiences to engage, develop skills and contribute to contemporary culture.  


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AA2A at the University of Derby



AA2A University of Derby

As part of the national Artists Access to Art Colleges project we will be offering at least four placements to artists and designer-makers, giving them the opportunity to undertake a  period of research or realise a project using our workshop and supporting facilities eg. IT facilities, lending library and lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practicing artists.


AA2A Plus Collections - all the Derby AA2A placements will also have the opportunity to access the collections of the University's cultural partners at Derby Museums Trust, to use as source material.


For an application pack please contact me directly Jayne Falconer    Application deadline 17th Sept

Facilities available  -  printmaking, wood, metal, textiles, digital media, photography

More info on eligibility, application procedure etc

•             Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2018 and April 2019

•             AA2A's Support Fund, for artists on benefits and low income provides expenses up to £350

•             Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2016 to 2017 or before can now reapply

•             All applicants must have at least one year’s professional practice

•             Only M.A. / PhD students can apply in the same year they graduate

•             Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support


“The best thing about AA2A - Allowing me access to the facilities to make work as a fine art printmaker was invaluable. Without this I could not make work (or afford to travel to Leicester, my nearest private print facility). It also allowed me to research different kinds of photographic printmaking, and it has moved the development of my work forward and allowed me to exhibit. This in turn enriches my career as an artist” University of Derby AA2A Artist 2017-18

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