Open Call: The Building as Material ll

Image credit: Chloe Ashley, studio work, The Building as Material Residency. 2016


About the residency
The New Art Gallery Walsall was designed by Caruso St John as an inspirational piece of architecture. Opened by the Queen in 2000,     the Gallery went on to be nominated for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize. Clad in pale terracotta tiles punctuated with large windows, the building captures the imagination of artists who are often drawn to the board-marked walls and handrails bound in leather.


To mark the building’s 18th birthday, The New Art Gallery Walsall is inviting applications from artists
who wish to develop new work in response to the theme: ‘The Building as Material’. This residency
provides scope for the selected artist to respond to the raw materials and interior of the building:
concrete, leather, Douglas fir, walnut, and stainless steel. Artists may also wish to consider the
physical presence of the gallery architecture within the town, the notion of ‘coming of age’, or the
founding concept of the building as a ‘big house’ to be explored and discovered.


The residency will run from 11 June – 26 August 2018. The successful applicant will be required to
work on a focused project on the theme of the building. They will work from the Gallery’s 1st floor
purpose-built Artists’ Studio and will be expected to engage fully with the gallery context.


The residency provides:
● Use of a purpose-built studio, sited on the 1st floor of a busy and dynamic public art gallery
● An artist fee of £3,600 and £300 materials budget (additional costs to support access
requirements will be considered)
● An online presence on the TNAGW website, social media platforms and in-house marketing
● 1 studio visit from Teresa Grimes, Director, TINTYPE, London
● 1 critical feedback and mentoring session with Zoë Lippett, Exhibitions and Artists’ Projects
Curator, The New Art Gallery Walsall
● 1 studio visit from Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions, The New Art Gallery Walsall
● An introduction to material relating to the building in the Gallery History Archive
● Ongoing guidance from Gallery staff
● Technical support
● Access to the Gallery’s Art Library



The selection panel will be looking for applications for the creation of a new body of work that:

● is ambitious and self-led
● may not be possible to produce outside the context of the residency
● articulates a clear link with the theme of this particular residency
● is realistic to the time-frame of the residency



To apply for this residency, you must be:

● actively engaged in developing your practice with a demonstrable body of existing work
● an artist working in any medium who is based in the West Midlands region
● not in full-time education – we will consider applications from people in part-time education
who can demonstrate their ability to devote the required time to the residency and a need
for the opportunity
● genuinely interested in the residency theme and committed to working in the context of a
public-facing gallery
● able to commit to a minimum of 2 weekdays in the studio and 1 public event


How to apply

Please send, via We Transfer or Dropbox, a proposal that includes all of the following:

● Your name, contact details and website details (if you have one)
● An artist statement, saved as a PDF or .doc file (no more than 200 words)
● A short statement (no more than 500 words), saved as a PDF or .doc file, that describes:
1. How you will respond to the opportunity (your proposed treatment/visual enquiry, the possible direction/outcome of your project, and proposed media)
2. How you will adapt your working practice to the specific context of the residency
3. Why a residency will be benefit your practice at this time
● A CV, saved as a PDF or .doc file
● Evidence of your current practice and recent work produced within the last 3 years in the form of one of the following:
-A maximum of 6 images
-A link to a showreel of AV work (maximum duration 5 minutes) uploaded to YouTube or vimeo

Please direct your file share to: using We Transfer or Dropbox. Applications that are not made via file sharing will be ineligible.


Application process:
Residency programme opens for application: 9 April 2018
Closing date for submissions: 8 May 2018, 12 noon (midday)
Short-listing: 11 May 2018

Artist announcement: 18 May 2018
Residency begins: 11 June 2016
The successful applicant will be contacted on 14 May.
The residency will also be announced via the Gallery’s Facebook page


About the Artists’ Studio:
The Artists’ Studio is located on the first floor of TNAGW and is equipped with an accessible toilet, sink, fridge, kettle, A4 and A3 printer/scanner, basic toolkit, step ladders, crockery, cutlery and lockable storage cupboards. Artists also have access to office and workshop facilities and reference materials housed within the Gallery’s Art Library. A digital SLR camera is available for participants to use on a request basis.