Call for John Muir Artist Residency Proposals

Call for John Muir Artist Residency Proposals

North Light Arts and East Lothian Council are delighted to present the first John Muir Artist Residency at Dunbar Town House, Dunbar, East Lothian to celebrate the John Muir Festival 2015. Deadline 28Feb 2015

The artist will explore the theme of ‘Fertile Ground : Soil‘, in particular investigating the importance of East Lothian’s soil during International Year of Soil 2015. The resulting work will be shown in an exhibition at Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery in May – June 2015.

Artist Proposals Deadline: 5pm Saturday 28 February 2015

Artists Selection: Thursday 5 March 2015

Residency Timeframe: The John Muir Artist Residency will take place between 13 and 27 April covering the John Muir Festival on the 18 and 19 April 2015

Residency Base: Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery

Exhibition: The artist will create an exhibition at Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery in May – June 2015, which will include artwork or research resulting from the residency shown alongside selected pieces of the artists previous work. There is a separate budget for the exhibition.

Artists Residency Fee: Max fee including materials £1,000

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 International Year of Soils, which offers a unique opportunity to address the crisis in soil sustainability. Soils are essential to our ecosystems, playing a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts. The residency will take place in and around the coastal town of Dunbar, East Lothian, this former fishing community lies in an intensely farmed rural area and is a rapidly growing commuter town for Edinburgh. Local community organisations are actively exploring sustainability and carbon reduction initiatives and in 2014 Dunbar was named Scotland’s first ‘Zero-waste town’.

Proposals are welcome from artists with a strong environmental and public engagement practice. The artist is expected to develop a project, which has public engagement as part of the process and they will deliver workshops related to their practice in the local community. The artist will explore the outlined theme ‘Fertile Ground: Soil’ and an artwork, documentation or piece of artistic research which results from their residency will be retained in the North Light Arts, John Muir Resource Archive.

Please send a maximum two-page artists project proposal along with the contact details for two referees and 4 digital images of your previous work to –

Tracy Morgan, North Light Arts, Programme Manager: