This is a part-time residency and we realise that many early career artists may be juggling a job or other commitments alongside their practice. We can be flexible around your schedule although there are some dates that are committed.
Metal’s residency is a chance for artists within the network (including new members):
You will receive support from the Metal staff throughout the four weeks, including 1:1 support regarding a specific work and / or your future development as well as space to test out and create new work. The residency will be structured to maximise your time and to help you manage your creative practice around other commitments. There will also be the chance to take part in workshops, network with artists also in residence at Metal, and with other early career residency artists.
The opportunity is open to artists working in any art form, of all backgrounds, who relate to being an early career artist*. All applicants must be signed up to the Metal New Artist Network to apply. Sign up takes just 5 minutes and can be done here
Who do we mean by Early Career Artists*?
*This is not an exhaustive list, and Metal welcomes artists from all disciplines; theatre, visual art, film, music, writing or a mixture of some or all. Metal is particularly interested in supporting artists from diverse backgrounds, with unique personal perspectives to offer. If you’re unsure whether you fall into the early career category, please get in touch with the site most local to you.
Given the nature of the New Artist Network, the residency will be a hybrid model, with the opportunity to spend time in one of our three locations, and some working from home or in your own studio supported by Metal staff online.
Each selected artist will receive a £500 contribution that can be put towards personal expenses eg. travel, materials etc.
During the residency you will:
Example of previous Early Career Residencies:
Emily Smith and Hannah Gooden – theatre makers Hannah and Emily explored during their residency the intermedial relationship of technology and gender through various performance practices. Interrogating the tensions that exists between the two expansive subjects, they created a short interactive video work.
Lewis Beaver – writer and performer Lewis Beaver developed his piece ‘After the tone’ written whilst at university, this involved expanding his script and learning new ways of implementing technology into his performance whilst also exploring installation.
Example of residency structure
The below is an example schedule of how the residency could be planned. Exact details will be confirmed once residencies are awarded.
Initial Meeting Monday 18th July: An initial meeting for the early career artists to meet one another, meet the Metal team and find out more about how the residency will work. This is also a great chance to ask questions and go through any worries you may have for the residency.
Week one (w/c 25th July): Settling in
Week two (w/c 1st August): Research
Week three (w/c 8th August): Making
Week four (w/c 15th August): Making and Sharing
We can be flexible with your work commitments and or schedule – this can be discussed in your first meeting with your allocated site.
If there are specific times and dates you are unable to do please note this down on your application.
We encourage artists taking part to keep a journal to help them work through the residency. You won’t be expected to share the journal with anyone, and the journal could be a physical one or kept online, such as the notes app on your phone.
How do I apply?
To apply you must be signed up to the Metal New Artist Network to apply (which takes 5 minutes here)
For the residency application we will ask you to share with us:
Applications in the form of video or audio files are greatly welcomed with a max of 10 minutes. If you have any questions or another way you would like to suggest making this process accessible to you, please get in touch with email@example.com or call 01733 893077
*Illustrations created by Metal New Artist Network member Srija Shrestha
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