MERZ Artist Residency Programme 2019-2021

MERZ invites applications from visual artists, writers, curators & architects for a two-month funded residency in 2019-2021 to live and work in Sanquhar, in rural Dumfriesshire, south-west Scotland.

MERZ is a new project located around a renovated former lemonade factory in the developing ‘cultural quarter’ of a former rural mining town.

The MERZ creative focus is based on ideas of Reconstruction and Fabrication in a post-industrial setting. MERZ draws as a metaphor on Kurt Schwitters’ assemblages and the conceptual and protagonistic approach of Analytical Art and the early Art & Language.

We seek proposals from creative individuals with an affinity towards our aims (more detailed information can be found in the ‘ABOUT’ section of our website and who would benefit from a focussed period of time to practice in this rural/post-industrial setting.

Community engagement is important; we ask that each visiting artist contribute to public events (a talk/open-studio event/workshop), leaving a legacy that will engage local civic and arts communities.

A news-film or longer documentary will be made during work for circulation and/or broadcast on web-channels, social media and TV.

Facilities: The Bothy is a unique stone-building designed for visiting artists with full domestic facilities. The MERZ Gallery and nearby ZIPStudio are available for use as workspaces and as events/performance/exhibition spaces. All buildings are wheelchair accessible and equipped with WiFi. There are a variety of outdoor work/exhibition spaces. Films and presentations can take place at MERZ or the nearby, A’ the Airts.

A fee will be paid for each two-month residency based on SAU rates. A reasonable allowance will be available to each resident to cover materials for events and exhibition expenses. Selected artists will be responsible for arranging/financing their own travel to/from MERZ.

To Apply: Please send (in one PDF document):
Artist Statement (max 200 words)
Portfolio of works (up to a max of 6: images/text/web links if video/sound)
A proposal detailing your plans for the 2 month period (max 400 words)
Initial thoughts on public engagement/public works, e.g.
Indication of preferred 2 months

Shortlisted artists will be invited for a Skype/Facetime video call.

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

For further information, please contact (Dr David Rushton), or call 07906692506.

The deadline is Saturday 20 April 2019 at 17:00.

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