Compass Festival (UK): Artist residencies 2019


Compass Live Art invites residency proposals from artists working in any medium whose practice is based in public engagement – artists who are interested in collaborating with the public to make work. Selected artists will be invited to Leeds in 2019 to develop ideas over 2-3 weeks in a mixture of studio time and public-facing activity.

This may include meetings, events or pop-ups with individuals, groups and networks of particular relevance to the subject matter of your proposal. It might include public consultation, research or scratch exhibitions. The residency can be crafted to the needs of the project.

Projects may be inspired by a particular theme, idea or inquiry or a particular place or community. They must hold the public at their heart and require interaction and engagement to complete or animate them.

These residencies will be run with a view to possible commissioning of new artistic projects for presentation in Compass Festival 2020.

The festival has grown in scale and ambition and is characterised by the exploration of communality, community building and place-making. We are looking for original, arresting, playful and thoughtful projects that generously invite public interaction.

One residency will be for a UK-based artist and another will be for an international artist, made possible through support from Leeds 2023.

For international artists, applications for projects that focus on children and young people will be given priority.

Compass Festival is able to provide budgets of £5-8k per residency to include artist fees, per diems, travel, accommodation, research and artistic materials.

Deadline: 30 November 2018

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