In recent years we have moved away from the traditional residency model to a more fluid and responsive approach, one that is fully integrated into the local, national and international curated programmes.
VOLUNTEERS, INTERNSHIPS, ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at Grizedale Arts work on a fluid basis rather than as rigid one-off periods, with an emphasis placed on building relationships which benefit the artists, volunteers and interns in partnership with the organisation. As such the residencies at Grizedale Arts act as an intrinsic part of the ongoing evolution of the organisation and its context. After an initial period of research and development, artists come and go as required, over long periods of time. This is not a retreat residency, but an ongoing set of relationships that develops between Grizedale Arts, its constituencies and artists together. There is a strong curatorial hand that is informed by the idea that the art should have effect within the local or wider socio-cultural ecology, and an emphasis on the civic responsibility of artist and organisation, using creative processes to improve the conditions of life.
Volunteers at Grizedale Arts are always gratefully received and frequently required. The volunteer programme is designed to be the first stage of a process for artists that leads to internships and projects. In this way the volunteers are here not just to assist in the running of Grizedale, but as an essential part of the development of the organsation and related artists. Working alongside us is the best way to induct individuals into the organisation, its philosophy and its context.
We provide food and accommodation for people who wish to help with maintenance of the gardens, farmhouse and livestock, or with our programme of projects and events. In addition we offer a number paid internships or opportunties in various areas of work throughout the year, however we prefer to build activity through past experience, with the volunteers often returning for full internships and commissioned projects.
All artists and visitors are required to help in the day to day running of the house, gardens and local projects in tandem with their stay. Internships are offered as 6 week residential placements on a full working day basis which varies between gardening and managing the lands, general building work, cataloguing collections and updating the websites. Interns are each paid an award, with basic food and living expenses covered by Grizedale Arts.
We also offer fully funded residencies on irregular occasions, which we advertise here and in our newsletter whenever available, and we are always happy to talk to artists about future possibilities and projects. Uncurated and self programmed residencies are also available at Low Parkamoor, an off grid farmhouse which can be hired for artists or groups to pursue a course of activity without too much critical input from Grizedale staff. The deadline for this is ongoing.
To keep up to date on all our opportunities, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, which has full details of residencies, events and projects.
Internship and Volunteer Application information:
Applicants should send a CV, list of available dates, a brief statement of interest indicating which area of work is preferred and an outline of skills possessed:
NB: We prefer applications by email, but if you need to submit in an alternative format please get in touch.
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