[CALL CLOSED] Call for Artists in Residence

EDIFY are recruiting for artists-in-residence to work with a team of academics developing creative outputs for arts-based engagement with our large early intervention programme for eating disorders.

The project will support 4 creative practitioners to undertake a 6 month residency. We are open to proposals from UK-based artists working in any artform. A fee of approximately £5,000 per artist is available (including VAT as applicable).

The artist will work collaboratively with the academic team, based at King’s College London and other Universities across the UK, to develop work which will engage varied audiences with hopeful messages about eating disorder recovery, and which will particularly appeal to young people aged 16-25.

Each artist-in-residence will be attached to a strand of work within the project, but will also have the opportunity to connect in with each other and develop a cohort of practice across the 6 month period.
Creative practitioners interested in this opportunity should have some experience or knowledge of arts/science collaboration, and lived experience of eating disorders from any perspective will be valuable.

Open to artists across the UK, it may be of particular interest to those based in-or-near London, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Nottingham, as these are the primary sites for the research project. Project partners are:
KCL, UCL,

Residencies will start May/June 2024. During the 6 month residency artists will:

  • work with EDIFY researchers and youth advisors across workstreams to learn about the project objectives and modes of engagement with key audiences. This may involve travelling between project sites (travel costs will be covered), or being based at one of the sites, as is most appropriate to the art-form and projects.

  • produce a small-scale creative output which speaks to the core themes of the EDIFY project – see website for further information, and think in particular about early intervention in under- served groups of young people (ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, body size, poverty, location (rural/urban).

  • have an opportunity to present/exhibit their work to the public - artists should think about producing something that can travel/be widely accessible and is durable beyond the life of the project.

  • Have access to R&D spaces at King’s via Science Gallery London and Strand Cultural Quarter.

    Following the 6 month residency there will be an opportunity to pitch for further funding to do some extended work and develop initial ideas and outputs. This further residency is anticipated to be approximately 6 months, the number of projects supported is to be confirmed.

    Artists interested in this opportunity should email culture@kcl.ac.uk for further information, by 15 April 2024. Please provide a short note, no more than one page, explaining how your experience fits the project, and some examples of previous creative work. 

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