Artists in Residence

Closing date:

Durham Sixth Form Centre

Durham Sixth Form Centre is seeking two artists-in-residence (AiR) to join its busy and thriving art department for 3 - 6 months. Applications from a wide variety of practices are encouraged and from artists at different stages of their career.

This flexible residency will be designed on a bespoke basis for each artist. Durham Sixth Form Centre’s AiR programme welcomes applications from creatives of varying specialisms to develop their practice and aid their professional progression within an educational context. The centre is committed to providing access to an inclusive and well-resourced space, supporting a bespoke project, a public exhibition at the Dead Dog Gallery and facilitating opportunities to engage with our wider network and professional development training events. 

Situated in the Visual Arts Centre, successful applicants will be given access to facilities such as the kiln, darkroom, drawing tablets, printing presses and Adobe CC suite; as well as the opportunity to engage with students in the 16 – 19 age range through mentoring, workshops and artist talks. By imparting specialist knowledge and raising aspirations, the AiR is able to give students a unique and inspiring insight into viable careers in the arts and the opportunity to work closely with a creative professional. 

The residency budget includes:

  • Research and practice development grant: £500
  • Travel contribution: up to £10 per week
  • Funding support towards costs of chosen residency outcome: £300 (exhibition/publication) 
  • Exhibition invitations/promotion and vinyl signage (£200) organised by the school
  • Printing credits for AiR (school printers): £5 per month
  • Materials use, within reason
  • Trips: free space on UK local trips with school 

With an accessible campus located in the centre of Durham City, Durham Sixth Form Centre is rated Outstanding by Ofsted and is an Artsmark Platinum centre. The Arts and Humanities Faculty offers an extensive range of A Levels and Level 3 equivalent courses as well as a Level 4 Art Foundation course across visual, performing, media and written arts. The centre completed its vision to create a contemporary art space in the heart of our school and Durham City in Summer 2023. A long term ambition, the Dead Dog Gallery is a space to experience exhibitions, create art and participate in a programme of residencies, events and community classes. In addition, we run and participate in high-profile public events such as The Big Draw, Debating Matters and Lumiere as well as maintaining strong relationships with cultural organisations. 

In Autumn 2023, Durham Sixth Form Centre was re-designated as an Artsmark Platinum school by Arts Council England who commended its work highlighting, ‘Your advocacy of the arts, and utilisation of them as a vehicle for social mobility, are impressive’ and ‘Your Artist-in-residence programme is outstanding, with students involved in appointing practitioners who reflect society’s diversity, work within and beyond your school community, benefit greatly from their work with you and model careers progression in the creative industries.’

Successful applicants will work with staff to create a bespoke programme of support within the school setting, which could include:

  • A bespoke project
  • Workshop
  • Artist talk
  • Tutorials with students from A level and Foundation Art as well as Arts Award Gold
  • Portfolio advice sessions with students aiming to progress to university 

Budget £500 artist fee + travel and production costs

Deadline 25 June 2024

Durham Sixth Form Centre Providence Row The Sands Durham DH1 1SG

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Please submit an application form.

Online interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on 8 July. Successful candidates will be offered a school tour/residency induction before the summer holidays and will be required to complete DBS paperwork (cost covered by the school) as well as the AiR contract the week of 15 July. It is anticipated that the first artist will start September and the second in November.

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