With thanks to the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust we offer an annual residency opportunity based at Grizedale  Forest. This intensive six week long residency aims to foster experimentation and innovation in response to the natural environment.

The 2019 awardees are: Karolin Schwab and Ben Allan.

About The Residency

Known as the First Forest for Sculpture in the UK and made up of 3,000 hectares of managed woodland located within the Lake District National Park, Grizedale is a unique place for visitors of all ages to enjoy art in the landscape 365 days a year. There are currently 40 sculptures in the collection and the forest welcomes over 250,000 visitors each year.

For our Grizedale Residency, a Royal Society of Sculptors member is paired with an early-career sculptor (2nd/3rd year student or post graduate from universities based in the North West) to explore how creative ideas can evolve and how new ideas and innovative thinking can cross generations of artistic practice. Two sculptors who work in any medium are selected to work side by side, enabling them to explore, test and develop new ideas and processes. The key aim of this residency is to encourage a shared verbal and visual dialogue between the two artists and ultimately inspire and further the language of their individual practice.

Throughout the residency each artist has access to a studio in the heart of the forest and is given an introduction to how the forest is managed from forestry through to wildlife, from the team based at Grizedale.

Accommodation is based a short drive away on the outskirts of Satterthwaite village in Low Bowkerstead, a Grade II listed traditional 17th Century cottage.

The opportunity also includes an exhibition of work produced during the residency at the Forest Artworks Project Space, which is supported by a programme of talks and events. A short film will also explore how the residency has developed and the impact of it on the work of the sculptors.

Each artist will receive a £1,000 stipend plus £1,000 towards materials.

How to Apply

The residency is open to current members of the Royal Society of Sculptors and early-career sculptors (2nd/3rd year student or post graduate from universities based in the North West).

Applications have now closed and will reopen in 2020. Subscribe to our monthly enewsletter here to find out when applications go live again.

For more information about Grizedale please visit their website.

This award is generously supported by the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust.

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