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Call to Artists: Collage Artist Residency in Scotland

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An in-person residency at MERZ Gallery in Sanquhar, Scotland centered on collage artists who want to incorporate history and folklore into their artist practice. Residents will make artwork for an exhibition and book. 

Deadline to Apply: 31 July 2022Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until space is filled. Artists are encouraged to apply well before the deadline. 

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY

Collage Artist Residency: Scotland is a week-long artist residency designed for artists working in collage who seek to engage with place in their practice. Using the rural community of Sanquhar, Scotland as a laboratory, artists will spend a week making artwork; learning about the place, its people, and its history; and discussing how art can capture, share, reflect, comment, and otherwise engage with a sense of place. The goal of the residency is to develop an individual methodology for responding to place in one’s art practice and to make a work of art about Sanquhar that speaks to and about the people and land. Our hope is that artists will return to their home communities with fresh eyes and be prepared to see their communities in a unique way.

The residency will unfold over the course of a week. Each day the group will meet in the morning for a presentation or workshop. We will hear from guest artists and local historians about Sanquhar and faculty will make presentations about place in art and strategies for incorporating place into one’s practice. Designed for collage artists, professional development sessions focus on artist practice: topics include Collage as Artist Practice; Sourcing Materials, Copyright, Appropriation; Developing Materials; Collage in Presentation. In the afternoons, artists may choose to make art or take up an afternoon activity such as a walk to the River Nith and castle or a visit to the Tolbooth Museum or Saint Bride’s church or an afternoon trip via rail to Dumfries or Glasgow. Artists will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty. In the evenings, we will convene at the Nithsdale Pub to informally share the experience of our days. 

During the residency, artists will make an artwork that will be exhibited at MERZ Gallery as part of “Mythical Landscape: Secrets of the Vale”, an exhibition by an international group of artists, all of whom traveled to Sanquhar to investigate a sense of place and make artwork that speaks to the rich history and folklore of the region. Artworks reference stories from the past (true or otherwise), consider the history of the region, and speculate on future myths and legends. An evolving exhibition at MERZ Gallery in September 2022 will culminate with the Festival of Folklore, 22-25 September 2022. The artwork will be the subject of a film by David Rushton and used to illustrate a forthcoming, abridged version of William Wilson’s 1904 book, Folk Lore and Genealogies of Uppermost Nithsdale.

Concept: A Sense of Place

“We are living today on a threshold between a history of alienated displacement from and longing for home and the possibility of a multi-centered society that understands the reciprocal relationship between the two,” writes Lucy Lippard in The Lure of the Local. “Most of us are separated from organic geographical communities; even fewer can rely on blood ties. We can only hope to find created communities—people who come together because they are alike on some level—or communities that are accidentally formed through place, workplace, and other more artificial means. Sometimes created places, based in dissimilarity, can be more vital and less isolating than unchosen ones. But most of us live such fragmented lives and have so many minicommunities that no one knows us as a whole. The incomplete self longs for the fragments to be brought together. This can’t be done without a context, a place.”

For artists, a sense of place or a lack thereof, poses a particular challenge when making art that speaks to a community. Lippard’s observation that “all art is regional” seems to contradict the idea “that there is no such thing as regionalism in our homogenized, peripatetic, electronic culture.” We see it differently; that the artist is uniquely situated to show and speak to place in a way that makes it seen, understood, and celebrated. 

About Sanquhar, Scotland

Sanquhar is a rural Scottish community with a rich agricultural and manufacturing heritage. Located on the River Nith, the area has been an important crossroads going back to Neolithic times and is the site of several prehistoric British forts and a Roman outpost. A 15th-century castle ruin overlooks the town. Mary, Queen of Scots came to Sanquhar in May 1568 after her defeat at the battle of Langside. In the 17th century, Sanquhar was the site of unrest during the Covenanting period when Scottish Presbyterians fought to maintain the Church of Scotland. Agriculture, coal mining, and wool production and related industries such as knitting and carpet making flourished in the 18th century. The town hosts the world’s oldest working post office (established in 1712) and the world’s oldest curling society (formed in 1774). The Church of St Bride’s sanctuary was dedicated to a lost, then found World War I soldier. The village of Crawick on the edge of town had once been known as a haven for witches. The Tolbooth Museum was designed by the influential 18th century Scottish architect William Adam.

Sites of Interest: Tolbooth Museum, Sanquhar Castle, Crawick Multiverse, Old Town Hall, River Nith, Saint Bride’s Church, Sanquhar Declarations Monument, and A’ the Airts (home to Sanquhar Knitting Patterns).

RESIDENCY LOGISTICS

11-17 September 2022
18-24 September 2022
25 September-1 October 2022

Weekly residencies take place in September 2022. Artists may arrive anytime after 3PM Sunday and must depart by Noon on Saturday. Artists are expected to attend all scheduled sessions and be active participants in the community. We may use online tools such as Zoom, Slack, and Google Docs to communicate and share information prior to and after the Residency. Technical support is available as needed.  

This Residency requires artists to be in Sanquhar, Scotland at 10AM Monday morning through 4PM on Friday. Artists are responsible for their travel to and from Sanquhar. Accommodations and one meal per day are included as part of the Residency fee.

The Full Prospectus includes an FAQ and additional information about the exhibition. VIEW THE PROSPECTUS.

Location: 
MERZ Gallery in Sanquhar, Scotland Queen's Rd, Sanquhar DG4 6DH, United Kingdom
Deadline: 
31/July/2022
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Scottish International Short Film Festival 2023

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SIFF is a new, international short film festival based in Scotland. SIFF will screen outstanding short film, animation, docs, experimental and video art.

An international jury will select the 7 winning categories including, SIFF Best International Short Film or Video 2023, which will receive £500.

Submissions are now live, and open to all at: https://filmfreeway.com/ScottishShortFilm 
Earlybird deadline is August 1st 2022.
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We have created SIFF to showcase exceptional, international short film, whilst also addressing the imbalance of under-represented groups of makers and stories within film festivals. We understand that some short film and video blur the lines of typical film festival categories, so we also enthusiastically encourage non-traditional and experimental formats.

The stories of and by women, girls and non-binary people are underrepresented in film festivals, so we want to encourage submissions from woman, non-binary people and/or anyone telling stories about women, girls and non-binary people.

For our first year, we are screening the festival in Scotland's largest city and creative hub, Glasgow.

For further reference you can view the selections of our sister film festival: Barcelona International Short Film Festival.
You can view the trailers for the BSF 2020 selection and winners on our Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/showcase/6036175 
You can view the BSF 2020 Programme here: https://issuu.com/barcelonashortfilm/docs/programme2 
We look forward to seeing your work!

Prize Summary: 
£500.00
Prizes Details: 

SIFF Best International Short Film or Video 2023 - prize of £500.

Best Performance (laurels)

Best Cinematography (laurels)

Best Animation Short (laurels)

Best Documentary Short (laurels)

Best Experimental Short (laurels)

Best Special FX (laurels)

Best Audio (laurels)

All work selected for screening will receive SIFF 2023 OFFICIAL SELECTION laurels.

Deadline: 
13/February/2023

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Earlybird fee: £10
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Salt 'n' Sauce OPEN CALL!

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Salt ’n’ Sauce is an Edinburgh based, independent art submission organization. The purpose of which is to try and support artists and designers by providing a platform to share and promote their work.

This open call is asking artists to submit thier work to be shown on the organization instagram. 

 

Deadline: 
01/October/2021

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Salt 'n' Sauce Magazine Issue: 1, Open Call!

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Salt ’n’ Sauce is an Edinburgh based, independent art submission magazine. The purpose of which is to try and support artists and designers by providing a platform to share and promote their work.

 

Deadline: 
01/April/2021

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Island Going

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In partnership with ‘Ocean Guides’ * and building on the success of 3 previous Land and sea based residencies for An Lanntair within an established residency programme, this Summer’s ‘Island Going’ residency runs for 11 days – six days at sea and five days on land, for 5 participants, offering the potential to explore the ocean and island environments of the Outer Hebrides, including the St.Kilda archipelago,

In addition to this our residencies come with an ethos of supporting the communities that they are based in, utilising local knowledge, services and expertise as well as providing a window into the language and culture of the islands.

We aim to benefit those communities and foster links between them and the wider world, building a greater understanding of island living and the challenges that the people and the ecosystems of the Outer Hebrides and other island Nations face in the Anthropocene – such as climate change, economic sustainability and cultural and linguistic identity.

Key to our residency programme is an acknowledgment of the rich Gaelic culture of the islands and the role local ‘indigenous’ knowledge plays in the understanding of the past – and how that informs the present. This is embodied in the George Macleod book ‘Muir is Tir/Land and Sea’ – on which the residency is loosely based.

Deadline: 
14/February/2020
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Join the Engage Scotland Development Group

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The Engage Scotland Development Group (ESDG) operates as a voluntary steering group for the work of Engage in Scotland, influencing programming, supporting the Engage Scotland Coordinator’s role, representing the organisation and offering their experience and skills. 

Traditionally the ESDG has operated with three Area Reps who cover the very broad geographical areas of Glasgow and the West, Edinburgh and the East, and the Highlands and Islands. Area Reps are also members of the Engage Council. In addition to Area Reps the group has up to four voluntary or co-opted members. 

We currently have a vacancy for an Area Rep for Highlands and Islands/member of Engage Council.

This is an opportunity for an experienced visual arts/gallery education professional to be part of a lively group working to raise the profile of gallery education and visual arts Engagement in Scotland.

Current and previous members of the Development Group have enjoyed opportunities to further their own continuing professional development through helping to shape Engage Scotland projects such as the Celebrate ART project and advise on programming of training events and conferences, including this year’s Engage International Conference in Newcastle in November 2019. Group members value the opportunity to visit other gallery venues and to network and share with colleagues within the ESDG.

All travel expenses for attending meetings, including Council meetings in England, are met. We welcome applications from colleagues working in visual arts organisations/galleries and from freelancers and will be able to pay travel expenses and a small fee for freelancers to attend meetings. You are welcome to attend a meeting before deciding to join the group.

As an Area Rep for Engage you will:

  • Attend four ESDG meetings a year — these are usually half-day meetings, often in Edinburgh and Glasgow, occasionally further afield.
  • Provide support for the Engage Scotland Coordinator — usually through regular phone and email contact.
  • Represent Engage and help with the planning of events.
  • Comment and respond to papers as required.
  • Attend Engage Council meetings which take place three times a year, usually in England. These meetings are an opportunity to discuss the organisation’s policies and programmes, as well as hear speakers on agreed topics that are relevant to the sector and gallery education practice.

The benefits of being an Area Rep include:

  • An opportunity to input into the work of Engage
  • Being part of a network of peers involved in gallery education in the UK
  • Attending conferences and events for Engage

The benefits of becoming a Council member include:

  • 20% discount on conferences and training seminars in the UK organised by Engage centrally
  • The opportunity to input into national gallery education policy and strategy
  • Being part of a network of key people involved in gallery education in the UK
  • Advice and guidance on accessing key organisations in the UK and other countries
  • The chance to network with colleagues and form partnerships locally and nationally

Current members of ESDG are:

Area Reps

  • Tracy Morgan, Community Engagement Manager, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh — (Area Rep for Edinburgh and the East)
  • Holly Rumble, Freelance, (Area Rep for Glasgow and the West)

Voluntary Members

  • Lee McCulley, Adult Learning Officer, National Museum of Scotland
  • Janie Nicoll, Freelance artist/arts educator, member of Engage Board
  • Beki Pope, Freelance Consultant
  • Kirin Saeed, Freelance Equalities Consultant

Selection Process

Applications will be subject to the approval of the ESDG and the Engage Board. We aim to create a balanced group reflecting the membership of Engage in Scotland and a diverse mix of skills and experience.

About Engage and Engage Scotland

Engage Scotland is part of Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education,  promoting access to, enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts in the UK and internationally.

Engage Scotland represents the Scottish body of Engage members, responding to training and networking needs within gallery education with a Scottish focus. Engage’s programme in Scotland is developed and managed by a Scotland–based coordinator.

We work in partnership with other organisations in the visual arts sector to enable us to share good practice and learning in gallery/visual arts education more widely.

Engage Scotland’s programme is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Engage is the lead professional association promoting understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts through advocacy, professional development, research and projects and disseminating practice.

Engage has a membership of around 900, including c.270 galleries, museums and arts centres across the UK and in 24 countries internationally. Engage is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, has received Open Project funding from Creative Scotland for its programme 2018-20 in Scotland and receives project funding from the Arts Council of Wales.

Engage provides a platform for education professionals working within galleries, museums, heritage venues, schools and other community venues, to meet and connect through Area Group meetings, Engage events and the Engage website.

Deadline: 
30/September/2019

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