OVADA Summer Residency Programme 2019

Following the success of OVADA’s previous Summer Residency programmes, we are delighted to announce an exciting collaborative opportunity for artists to pair with scientists in August/September 2019.  

OVADA will select up to 4 artists at any stage of their career, including recent graduates, to take part in this programme. Artists will receive free studio space at OVADA and an opportunity to work directly with a group of scientists. The opportunity is only open to visual artists living and/or practicing in Oxfordshire. 

The overall aim of this programme is to provide uninterrupted time and space for the development of new ideas in a stimulating creative environment. Residencies can be developed around a particular project, used as a way to experiment with new ways of working or to explore working on a larger scale in OVADA’s unique warehouse space. This year the residency programme has a particular focus on collaborative practice and the creative relationships between Art and Science. Up to four artists will be selected to collaborate alongside scientists, who are currently working in cutting edge biotechnology research in complementary fronts. Their fields of expertise range from chemistry to immunology, molecular design to bioinformatics.  All have an active interest in arts and are keen in trying to bridge these seemingly opposite worlds. The aim of the residency is to be mutually beneficial and nurturing for both the participating artists and scientists, centered around interesting conversations and exchanges.

Eligibility and Criteria:
The opportunity is open to contemporary visual artists in Oxfordshire demonstrating a serious commitment to their practice. This is a chance for artists who are interested in working collaboratively in an alternative space and wish to explore the relationships between Art and Science. Priority will be given to creative practitioners who do not currently have a studio/production space and to those who can maximise usage of the space during the residency period.

The residency will provide time and space for research, experimentation, collaboration, reflection, dialogue and creative risk-taking. It is important to note that there is no prescribed outcome for this residency. Artists can choose to present their work during an open studio event supported by OVADA however the opportunity is focused on the development of the artist’s collaborative practice rather than a completed artwork. We will use OVADA’s website and social media platforms to promote the work of the residency artists and show the development of ideas. 

Artists who have previously exhibited or worked with OVADA are welcome to apply however the residency should be used as an opportunity to further their development since last working with us.

Residencies will take place at OVADA warehouse in central Oxford (14A Osney Lane, Oxford OX1 1NJ). The warehouse space will be loosely divided into areas based on needs. Please note that these are open workspaces in view of other residency artists and building-users. We anticipate that artists will exchange their knowledge and experiences with each other and meet OVADA’s studio artists/team in order to make new contacts. It is hoped that this process may lead to lasting collaborations. In addition to free studio space and informal mentoring, artists will receive free OVADA Associate Membership. 

Artists will also have access to a communal kitchen and wi-fi. OVADA may be able to supply tools, equipment and basic resources however artists are expected to provide their own materials and cover travel costs. Although artists are able to use the car park for loading and unloading there is no parking available at OVADA for the residency artists. OVADA has a bike rack and is within walking distance to many local bus routes and Oxford Train Station.

Artists will be given a full briefing at the start of the residency and will be expected to adhere to OVADA’s Health and Safety, and Environmental Policies throughout the duration of the project.

Due to limitations of the building we are not able to accommodate artists using heavy machinery, welding tools or loud equipment. We do not have specialist ventilation equipment and are also unable to accommodate practices involving prolonged use of solvents or aerosols. If you have any specific requirements, please make this clear in your application or contact us to discuss before applying. For information about the warehouse space visit: www.ovada.org.uk/warehouse.

We realise the time pressure of other work and personal commitments and do not expect artists to use the space daily. However we ask for around 25 hours ‘studio’ time (which can include evenings and weekends) as a minimum per week in order for artists to fully benefit from this opportunity.

Please submit the following by email marked ‘Summer Residency’ to: info@ovada.org.uk

-A brief introduction describing your practice and current/future projects (250 words max)

-A statement, no longer than 500 words, which answers:

  • why you are applying to take part in this residency.
  • how the residency would benefit your practice and what you hope to achieve as a personal aim(s).
  • your approach to collaborative practice and why the idea of working directly with scientists interests you.
  • what your current studio situation is.
  • how would you propose to use your time at OVADA and an estimation of the time that you could commit to the project.

-Documentation of recent artwork: Attach up to 8 image files (maximum of 1MB each) or preferably, a link to a website or online gallery of work.

-Artist’s CV, as an attachment.

-Please also list any specific requirements you may have.

Deadline for applications: Friday 12 July 2019 at 12 noon

Artists will be selected based on how well they meet the criteria listed above, including how the opportunity to collaborate with scientists will benefit their practice and their proposed commitment to the project. Priority will be given to those who have clear ideas about how they plan to fully utilise the space, time and contacts. We will aim to inform selected artists within 7 days of the deadline. We regret that we are unable to provide individual feedback to applicants. 

An initial meeting between the selected artists and scientists is provisionally planned for either 3rd or 4th August at OVADA. It is anticipated that artists and scientists will be paired up based on their interests/aims and it will then be down to the individuals to decide how often they would like to meet up/communicate during the residency. 

Artists will be expected to start the residency from 6th August 2019 onwards and the project will conclude on 8th September 2019. All work and materials/equipment must be removed from OVADA by this date. The option of an Open Studio event is available towards the end of the project and will be scheduled at a mutually convenient date. 

Upon completion of the project, artists will be required to complete a short evaluation form to summarise their residency experience. This can be submitted as a video/audio file or described through journal/sketchbook format if preferred.

Artists are invited to discuss any individual requirements with OVADA before applying. They are also welcome to contact OVADA if they require help completing their application or if they would prefer to submit their application in an alternative format to the one described above. A representative is welcome to apply on behalf of an artist, with their permission.  

Terms and Conditions for the Summer Residency Programme may change at OVADA’s discretion.

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