Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency

iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and the Stuart Hall Foundation are pleased to announce the fifth Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency commencing in September 2021, supported by Arts Council England. This residency is a funded opportunity for an artist based in the UK to be in residence at iniva’s Stuart Hall Library over a three-month period from the September to December 2021. The selected artist will receive a total sum of £4,500 and given support to pursue their research in the library.

Deadline: Wednesday 14th July

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022

This year will mark the 70th anniversary of Professor
Stuart Hall’s arrival in Britain from Jamaica in 1951. In commemoration, Stuart Hall Foundation are inviting an artist to respond to the concept of ‘arrival’ and
its capacity to transform and trouble notions of fixed cultural
identities. They would like artists to consider the following quote:

“Cultural identities come from
somewhere, have histories. But, like everything which is historical,
they undergo constant transformation.”

– Stuart Hall, Cultural Identity and Diaspora (1990)

They are particularly interested in working with an artist or artist
collective whose practice is informed by perspectives on politics,
identity and activism; who is interested in the language of the
international and ideas around diaspora; and whose methodology may
relate to notions of archiving and the archival.

They do not expect a fixed outcome of the residency and want to
emphasise that the prime focus of this residency is the process of
research itself. However, the artist will be expected to produce a
digital output of their choice (e.g. short film, sound, blog post,
animated presentation etc.) for archival purposes and to co-organise a
public event which allows sharing of reflections or work in progress
from the residency. The form of the digital output and the event will be
agreed with the artist as appropriate to their practice.

The artist is expected to be to in residence over a three-month
period from mid September to mid December 2021 and to spend at least
five days per month researching in the library. As the library is in
constant use, the artist will be unable to have a studio/production
space on site. The residency does not include accommodation.

The development of the collection takes Professor Stuart Hall’s work
as a guiding principle, and in keeping with this, the library collects
around art, which takes issues such as cultural identity as its theme.
The library includes over 10,000 volumes. The are over 4,000 group
exhibition catalogues, 3,500 works on individual artists, and 2,500
contextual, historical or theoretical works as well as over 200
periodical titles and over 200 zines.

The library catalogue and visiting guidelines can be viewed at www.iniva.org/library

Residency Fee

The selected artist will receive a fee of £3,750, plus up to £750 to
cover materials, travel and subsistence costs in relation to the
production of the event and digital output.

How to Apply

The iniva/Stuart Hall Foundation Artist’s Residency is open to visual
artists based in the UK, with a proven track record of at least 5
years. Please read this residency brief and FAQs carefully before

You will be required to submit:

  • A summary of your research project (50 words maximum)
  • A research proposal (250 words maximum)
  • Describe how you would approach your research in the library (250 words maximum)
  • Statement
    of your specific interest in the residency (100 words maximum) o An
    envisaged outcome of the residency (250 words maximum)
  • A proposed budget outline up to £750
  • CV (2 pages maximum, in PDF or Word format)
  • Supporting
    visual material relevant to your work and this proposal, which must be
    supplied as follows: 5 images maximum or 3 video clips (max length of
    all clips – 5min). Please note that you can only upload images – please
    supply them in PNG or JPEG format. If you would like to submit video
    files, please provide us with a Vimeo or Youtube link. We will not be
    able to accept video files in any other format.
  • The equality monitoring form. This form will be used for statistical purposes only. All data disclosed will comply with the SHF’s Privacy Policy, drafted in accordance with the GDPR 2018.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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