Artist Residencies

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Spring 2017 Artist Residencies - Callout & Application Guidelines

Residencies are offered as part of Cambridge Junction’s artist development scheme Troop (alongside our curated residency programme) for artists and companies living and working in Cambridge and the East of England

The deadline for applications in this round is 9am on Wednesday 9th November

About Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Junction is the arts centre in Cambridge where art meets life. At Cambridge Junction audiences and artists experience and explore contemporary performance, popular culture, creative learning and the rich territories in between. We are committed to art and entertainment that is up-and-coming, youthful and cutting edge. We seek to be relevant and meaningful to the lives of audiences, and informed by our location.

Cambridge Junction’s programme is made up of three inter-related areas of activity:

•    Arts development and presentation
•    Popular culture, with a focus on music, comedy and clubs
•    Creative learning and skills development in the arts, using the organisation as site for learning and with a commitment to supporting young people

What can a residency offer?
Cambridge Junction invites applications from artists and producers from any performance discipline (theatre, dance, circus, cabaret, spoken word, live art, physical theatre, etc) who would benefit from spending some time ‘in residence’ at the Cambridge Junction between January and April 2017 developing new work.

We can offer:
•    Space in our studio J3 or other spaces (details below)
•    Desk space to write  / research / organise
•    Creative feedback & practical advice from the programming team
•    Assistance in writing a Grants for the Arts application and finding match funding towards your project
•    Signposting & introductions to partner organisations in the East / South East and beyond
•    Technical advice and support
•    Informal showings of work in progress

Our spaces:
•    Most residencies take place in our studio J3
•    J1 (our main gig space) and J2 (200 seat theatre) can be used by special arrangement and subject to availability
•    There is also a first floor room off the upstairs bar which can be used as a small studio for private daytime rehearsals or workshops

Details of spaces including dimensions, specifications etc. can be found here

Who can apply?
•    Artists & producers whose practice sits within the contemporary performing arts (theatre, dance, circus, cabaret, spoken word, live art, physical theatre, etc) and who have some track record of producing and showing work in a professional context.
•    You must be a member of Troop which means you must live or work in Cambridge or the East of England and have completed the Troop application process (including paying the subscription fee).
It is useful (but not essential) to secure additional support before applying. If you have established contacts in organisations and companies in the East or South East (or elsewhere), see if they are interested in providing some support in-kind such as mentoring, studio space, cash or advice. Details of these discussions can be included in the initial application.

Applying for Funding
For some successful applicants, depending on the level of development of your project and other support you have in place, it might be appropriate to apply for funding from Grants for the Arts to support your residency. However, you should note that this is subject to a competitive application process and is not guaranteed to succeed (and there are exemptions such as full-time students – check the guidance for details). Applications for £15K and under take six weeks to reach decision, so you should build this into your timescale as well as the time to write the application. The support we offer as part of the residency counts as support inkind towards the match funding needed to make a successful G4A application. We can offer help with submitting an application as part of your support package, and may in certain cases offer some cash match funding.

How to Apply for a Residency
Send an email with the following information:
•    Your name, email address and mobile number
•    Company name (if applicable)
•    Summary of your artistic background, work and achievements to date (150 words)
•    Details of your proposed residency: What will you be working on? What do you want to achieve? Who will you be working with? Who is the intended eventual audience? (250 words)
•    What support do you need? Space, time, feedback, etc.
•    Up to 3 periods of time you are available to undertake a residency (Jan-April 2017).
•    Supporting material: Links to video material (if the work is longer than 5 minutes please indicate which 5 minutes we should watch), photographs, reviews, scripts etc. as appropriate to illustrate your work to date
•    Please write ‘Residency Application + your name’ in the subject box

Completed applications should be sent to
Application Deadline: Wednesday 9th November 2016 (9am)

Application assessment
Initial assessment of applications will be made based on the following criteria in order to ensure all selected artists, companies and producers achieve a quality threshold:
•    Track record to date
•    Potential and need for development
•    Originality of idea
•    Realism of initial proposal
•    Potential ‘fit’ with Cambridge Junction’s programme should we choose to develop the work in the longer term

Further information
Any questions please contact Catherine Willmore, Artist Development Producer (works Wednesdays and Thursdays)