Residency in Nottingham (UK)
6-10 NOVEMBER 2017

Application Deadline: Monday 18 September, 12 noon

Background and Information on the Partners and Organisers

Organiser: UK Young Artists (UKYA)

UK Young Artists is a registered national charity that champions the next generation of creativity, supporting collaboration and intercultural dialogue, ensuring a vibrant and diverse creative future for the UK. We develop artists’ practice through cross art form opportunities and celebrate creativity at national & international festivals


Hosting Partner: Primary

Primary is an artist-led space that supports creative research through artist studios and residencies, public exhibitions and events. The focus of the programme is on process and production; offering artists the freedom of time and space to experiment, develop new projects or to move away from fixed ways of working. This curatorial approach aims to consider the different ways in which the process of making art can be opened up and made visible to various publics.


Supported by: BJCEM

Biennale des jeunes créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (BJCEM) is an international network founded in Sarajevo on July 2001, made of 59 members from 21 countries, gathering together cultural institutions as well as independent organizations. The aim of the Association is to create opportunities for the young creators of training, mobility, exchange, mutual understanding, intercultural dialogue and collaboration. The Association supports their creativity processes and put them in contact with local and international realities in order to help them to grow personally and professionally. Among the activities that BJCEM organises, the most important is the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, an event that every two years gathers together hundreds of Euro-Mediterranean young artists in a different city. BJCEM organised 17 Biennials throughout its 30 years activities involving more than 10.000 young artists.



The verb to collaborate comes from the Latin collaboratus – to labour together, or to Work in Common. This micro residency is aimed at artists with an interest in how we choose to work with others and across disciplines to produce art; and will encourage participants to discuss and experiment with different ways of working, to ask what it is to collaborate, and to test out speculative ideas together. Housed in the spaces at Primary, artists will participate in this intensive micro-residency structure – involving presentations, crits, workshops, ‘go see’ visits, and a public event. Through the micro residency you will have the opportunity to interrogate collaboration and interdisciplinarity in relation to your work, with input from artists involved in the Primary programme, as well as with curators and staff at partner organisations.


DateOutline Activity
Monday 6 November– Arrival at Primary by 12 noon, welcome and introductions

– Presentation by Guest Artist #1

– Dinner for all artists and partners

Tuesday 7 November– Discussion/workshop led by Guest Artist #1

– Group crit with Guest Artist #1

– Improvisation/collaboration workshop

– Drinks/social with Primary residents

Wednesday 8 November– ‘Go see’ visits to institutions, galleries and artist led-venues across Nottingham + meet curators

– Presentation by Guest Artist #2

– Dinner for all artists and guest curators

Thursday 9 November– Group crit with Guest Artist #2

– Discussion/workshop led by Guest Artist #2

– Public event

– Networking with BJCEM partners

Friday 10 November– Group crit with Primary and UKYA curators and staff

– Further discussion and feedback

– End, return travel


As well as benefitting from the proposed programme outlined above, we will also offer to artists the following:

  • Accommodation in Nottingham (please note this may be shared, twin rooms)
  • Light lunch each day & some evening meals
  • The organisers will cover the flights/trains tickets up to a maximum amount of £60 for each selected UK participant a maximum of £150 for each selected international artists. In case the travel expenses exceed this amount, the artist should guarantee the coverage of the extra amount.
  • The international travel management will be coordinated by BJCEM and all the selected artists will be directly in touch with BJCEM.


Application Deadline: Monday 18 September, 12 noon


Eligibility & Criteria

UK Artists and International Artists must be aged 18–30 (on or by Monday 18 September 2017) and be allowed to work in the UK at the time of making this application.

What are we looking for:

  • Artists with a commitment to developing their practice, and who seek dialogue and engagement with the wider international contemporary arts and cultural sector
  • Artists with an interest in how collaborative working can inform the development of their work and how this residency will benefit their practice
  • For BJCEM, Primary and UK Young Artists to see how they are able to support the practice and development of selected artists through this micro residency
  • Artists must work in one of the following fields: Applied arts, Design, Digital Art, Literature, Moving image, Music, Performance, Visual Arts.

The Primary programme is focused on contemporary visual arts, with a particular interest in how this overlaps with other disciplines. Applicants should familiarise themselves with past programming and be able to demonstrate how working within the context of this programme will be beneficial to their work.

Your application should consist of the following:

  • A completed application form (word document or PDF): mandatory form can be downloaded here
  • A completed equal opportunities form: mandatory form can be downloaded here
  • Supporting information: Up to 5 images (jpg format, 5MB maximum in total) or website links (for video / sound material). The panel is particularly keen to see work completed in the last two years. Please include a full explanatory list of supporting information (word document or PDF)
  • Current CV (word document or PDF)

Application Deadline: Monday 18 September, 12 noon

How to send your application

Please provide the above documents and supporting information via a DROPBOX link. Please ensure we have the necessary permissions to access this folder. Use the ‘share’, ‘get link’ function – do not copy the link from your browser address.

Please send this information to Aja Ireland, Marketing and Project Co-ordinator


Please send this information to Stefania Inverso

For any inquiries about the call out please email

Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Monday 18 September, 12 noon

All applications are reviewed by a selection panel, comprising partner organisations. Successful applicants will be informed by the 29 September. Please assume your application has been unsuccessful if you have not heard by this point. We are sorry but we are unable to feedback on unsuccessful applications due to limited capacity

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