Open to students and recent graduates, a new partnership between the University of Brighton and Mahler & LeWitt Studios means an artist has a unique opportunity to develop their practice with a residency in Italy followed by an exhibition at Brighton’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) between May – September 2020.
What is the Mahler & LeWitt Studios residency programme?
The Mahler & LeWitt Studios are established around the former studios of Anna Mahler and Sol LeWitt in Spoleto, Italy. The residency program provides a focused and stimulating environment for artists, curators and writers to develop new ways of working in dialogue with peers and the cultural heritage of the region.
A network of professionals – artists, gallerists, art historians and curators are brought together by the program. Each residency is facilitated in response to an individual’s needs and interests and experimentation is encouraged.
The Studios curator and co-director helps facilitate research as well as events or exhibitions, when appropriate, during the residencies. Further to this, informal weekly events are arranged. Each resident is provided with accommodation and 24 hour access to a studio. There are facilities for making ceramic as well as a range of tools for production.
What will be expected of the winning artist?
A public presentation
The Mahler & LeWitt Studios residency program concentrates on the process of research and development. However, at the end of the session each resident is asked to present their work (in progress). Previous presentations have taken the form of exhibitions, conversations, screenings, performances or workshops.
As part of the process of evaluating the residency and reflecting on their work in Spoleto, each resident is asked to develop a contribution to an end-of-year Mahler & LeWitt Studios publication, made available online and in print. Previous contributions have included interviews with the curator, texts, original artworks or a combination of all three.
What does the residency include?
• 4-week residency (4 – 31 May 2019)
• Use of studio space and other facilities
• Return flight to Perugia (cap of £180)
• Accommodation with a private bedroom and access to kitchenette
• Up to £800 for living expenses
• Curator mentoring and feedback
• Participation in an open studio event
• Production budget (up to £500)
About the exhibition
On completion of the residency, the selected artist will have the opportunity to show their work at Brighton CCA in August – September 2020. This project will be developed in collaboration with the Brighton CCA team and could include and exhibition of works made during the residency, public events, workshops or other participatory events.
Brighton CCA’s summer programme focuses on offering developmental opportunities to artists and generating dialogue across disciplines through participatory projects. This is an opportunity for experimentation, collaboration and research – to make use of the University’s resources to generate new ideas.
The exhibition project includes:
• Artist’s fee £500
• Exhibition/events/workshops at Brighton CCA from August – September (including installation and take down)
• Materials and production (up to £800)
• Technical, curatorial and event production support from the Brighton CCA team
How to apply
This opportunity is open to all University of Brighton students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and alumni (up to three years after graduation)
Applications should include:
• Artist’s statement / description of practice (500 words max)
• A brief outline of how you would use the residency period and why it would be helpful in your practice (250 words max)
• An outline of how you would make use of the Brighton CCA South Gallery and if/how it would relate to your residency. (250 words max)
• Up to x10 images of work or x1 short video (5 mins max)
All submissions or questions should be clearly marked Artists’ Residency Programme and sent via email to Clari Little: firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to:
University of Brighton
58 – 67 Grand Parade
Brighton BN2 0JY
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 3 January 2020. Submissions will be judged by a panel: Ben Roberts Artistic Director, Brighton CCA, Guy Robertson Curator and Co-Director Mahler & LeWitt Studios and Turner Prize Nominee Helen Cammock.
Interviews will be held on Monday 13 January 2020.
The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.