Castlefield Gallery Director, Helen Wewiora announced as guest selector for The National Trust’s ‘Trust New Art’ programme

Posted on 24 January 2017

This summer the National Trust is offering its first visual artist residency and commission opportunity at Quarry Bank, Cheshire through its Trust New Art programme. This is an opportunity for an emerging to mid-career artist to develop their practice in a unique and beautiful setting. UK based visual artists, working in any discipline (or across them), and not currently studying are welcome to apply.

Built in 1784 Quarry Bank was one of the world’s first factories and became a thriving cotton mill at a defining moment in our history, complete with workers’ village, child apprentices’ accommodation, owner’s house, pleasure grounds and gardens.

The residency will take place from June – July 2017, with an exhibition/presentation period from September – November 2017. The artist will be provided with accommodation on site. Outdoor locations within the garden can be considered for the final outcome.

The National Trust are seeking applications that highlight the contemporary relevancies of Quarry Bank through the hobbies and interests of its founding family the Gregs. Artists need not apply with a fully formed project as the residency provides time and space to research and develop ideas.

There is an artist fee of £3000 and a production budget of £4500 to cover the residency period and delivery of the presented outcome. The outcome will be part of the wider ‘Arts and Wonder’ season at Quarry Bank for which we anticipate an audience of 26,000. Arts and Wonder will feature ‘Changing Places’, a touring exhibition of contemporary artists’ video that links the industrial transformations occurring across South Asia with buildings of historic significance in Britain. Curated by FVU: Film and Video Umbrella.

The selection panel for this open call will be made up of National Trust staff and guest selector Helen Wewiora, Director of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

This opportunity is delivered by the National Trust through Trust New Art and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Download the ‘Call for Applications’ document below to find out more about the commission, read the project overview, more on the process, budget, timelines, and how to apply.