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Call for Applications: Public Engagement residency at RAW Labs, supported by mentor Melanie King

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 12:00

Bow Arts have been developing a graduate outreach programme over the past year, providing free professional development talks to students at arts universities across London. Building on this, we are now offering residency and mentoring opportunities for artists, makers and designers who are looking to expand their practice and gain experience in their field. Anyone who is graduating from a Bachelors degree in London 2018 is eligible to apply and we encourage you to apply early.

From the end of October to February 2019 this 4-month residency will allow a graduate artist to work alongside our RAW Labs resident artist Melanie King. You will have the opportunity to develop your own series of events and/or workshops engaging the public (minimum 2). We are particularly interested in those looking to expand their practice within facilitation and public engagement.

The candidate for this award should be:

  • Interested in building up experience in facilitation or public events within the arts

  • Outgoing, friendly, resourceful and a good collaborator

  • Developing an application/proposal for further opportunities beyond the residency

Also desirable, but not essential, is:

  • An interest in the relationship between art and science

  • Some knowledge of alternative/analogue photography processes

Illustrative areas for support:

Over the duration of the residency, the mentor will provide:

  • Website, CV and portfolio feedback

  • Discussion on which opportunities would be good to apply for

  • Feedback on an application or proposal towards the end of the mentorship (such as for an open call, residency etc)

  • Advice in the planning of a public engagement program

Some or all of this support may be remotely rather than in person, and we expect this to be the equivalent of no less than 4 days of mentoring time (additional time by agreement between graduate artist and mentor).

The above is in exchange for voluntary work experience where the graduate artist will provide:

  • Assistance with marketing such as newsletters, blogs, social media for the artist and shadowing them on their public workshops

  • Assistance with specific projects - whether this be working as a research assistant, technician or helping to install works for exhibitions

  • Assistance on 8 workshops across the residency

The first meeting between the mentor and mentee will be facilitated by Bow Arts to allow for negotiation of timings and commitments across the residency. Bow Arts will be able to help with some of the marketing of the events through our usual network streams.


NB: The above examples are illustrative only, and the detail of programme are negotiable depending on the individual selected.


About mentor Melanie King:

Melanie King is an artist and curator with a specific focus on astronomy. She is co-Director of super/collider, Lumen Studios and the London Alternative Photography Collective. Melanie is currently studying towards a practice based PhD in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (see Melanie's research blog here). She is a graduate of the MA in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins and the BA Fine Art at Leeds Art University. Melanie is an external member of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Melanie is also a member of ITACCUS, the Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space.

To apply, please first create a profile on London's Artist Quarter including:

  • 5 to 10 portfolio images

  • An itroduction to your practice

Then complete this online form - deadline for applications is 12pm Monday 15th October

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview for the week commencing 22nd October. If you have not been contacted by 26th October then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

Good luck!

Thursday, September 13, 2018