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Developing relationships and supporting practice’:  A Student-Led Group Residency    24 – 29 June 2019

‘Practice and Research in Action II’: A Student-Led Group Residency

25 – 30 June 2018

 ‘Practice and Research in Action I’: A Student-Led Group Residency

26 – 30 June 2017

 Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council, North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP).

Developing relationships and supporting practice’  will be our third Artist Camps residency at the Sidney Nolan Trust. It is a fantastic opportunity for up to 12 practice-based PhD researchers to spend an intense period of time together in the rural and well-equipped setting of the Sidney Nolan Trust Arts Centre. (www.sidneynolantrust.org/green-room-blog)

Here we can

  • develop individual and/or collaborative bodies of artworks
  • work together in a shared studio space
  • exchange knowledge, processes and skills
  • develop research methodologies in a supportive environment

Those taking part represent a wide range of research interests, from writers, musicians and visual artists, promoting cross-disciplinary networking. We learn from each other, getting inspiration from both the rural landscape and artworks of Sidney Nolan. There is the opportunity to go for walks, as a mode of thinking and exploring, and interrogate the processes around making and research. Discussions, skill-sharing and presentations centre on the advantages and challenges of combining practice and research, opening-up debates around the impact of this research beyond the academy.

On the final evening of the residency we co-produce a public event, sharing with others aspects of our research.

This year it will be on Friday 28th June 2019 – all welcome!

This website documents the student-led group residencies that have taken place at the Sidney Nolan Trust each summer over the past three years. It includes documentation of the residency, details of the participants and exhibition information.

Call for Participants: A Student-Led Group Residency

‘Practice and Research in Action’

25th-30th June 2018 at the Sidney Nolan Trust, Powys

Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council, North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.

On the strength of our successful arts residency in 2017, we invite applications for a second five-night residency for up to 12 practice-based PhD researchers. The aim is to offer an intense period of research in the rural and well-equipped setting of the Sidney Nolan Trust Arts Centre. (www.sidneynolantrust.org/green-room-blog)

  • develop individual and/or collaborative bodies of artworks
  • work together in a shared studio space
  • exchange knowledge, processes and skills
  • develop research methodologies in a supportive environment

We welcome a wide range of research interests to promote cross-disciplinary networking. Participants will learn from each other and get inspiration from the landscape and work of Sidney Nolan, conduct walks (as a mode of thinking/exploration) and interrogate the processes around making and research.

Participants will co-produce a public event which will take place during the residency (e.g. exhibition, performance, installation, screening). Discussions, skill-sharing and presentations will centre around the advantages and challenges of combining practice and research, opening-up debates around the impact of this research beyond the academy.

NWCDTP Funding includes: Site fees, basic farmhouse accommodation in shared rooms and tents; travel expenses, and a group allowance for self-catering food.

Commitments – participants will:

  • Share skills, present works-in-progress and contribute to our dedicated blog.
  • Contribute to the cooking, housekeeping and smooth running of the shared accommodation.
  • Contribute to a collaborative public event during the residency.
  • Complete a personal, post-residency evaluation.
  • Attend the full residency, 25th-30th June inclusive.
  • Attend a briefing meeting at Manchester Metropolitan University in June and a follow-up meeting in July.

Applications (deadline Thursday 29 March 2018)

Please send your proposal under the following headings to sara.k.davies@stu.mmu.ac.uk

  • Name, institution, are you NWCDTP funded?
  • Research title and keywords
  • How you hope to benefit from the residency, and what you can contribute in terms of skills and interests (up to 200 words)
  • Short biography: (up to 150 words)
  • Abstract of your research: (up to 150 words)
  • Please indicate whether you would be willing to camp, and if you can bring your own tent. (Note that campers will share the facilities in the farmhouse and eat with the whole group)

 Selection criteria: All practice-based PhD researchers are invited to apply, but due to limited places, priority will be given to NWCDTP funded students.

If you have any queries, please contact lin.charlston@stu.mmu.ac.uk

This website documents a student-led group residency taking place at the Sidney Nolan Trust on the 26 – 30 June 2017. The residency was a chance for PhD students to work together in a shared space, to exchange knowledge, processes, skills, and develop research methodologies in a supportive environment. Participants also co-produced two exhibitions and a newsletter. This website includes documentation of the residency, details of the participants and exhibition information.

Image of Artists’ Camp exhibition at Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester.

This event is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.

Banner image by residency artist Lesley Halliwell.