Due to COVID-19 the Grizedale Residency 2020 has been postponed. If you have applied we will be in touch with you.

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 were 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.

This opportunity for two artists to be based at Grizedale Forest is an annual intensive six week long residency that aims to foster experimentation and innovation in response to the natural environment. A Royal Society of Sculptors member will be paired with an early-career sculptor (those having completed an undergraduate degree within the last five years and also living and working 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 will be selected to work side by side, enabling them to explore, test and develop new ideas and processes. The key aim of this residency will be 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 will have access to a studio in the heart of the forest and will be 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. The exhibition will run from September to December 2020 and will be supported by a programme of talks and events. There is no additional fee for the exhibition and the selected artists are expected to give a talk about their projects at the launch of the exhibition.

A short film will also be created exploring how the residency has developed and the impact of it on work of the sculptors.

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).

The residency will run from 31 July – 11 September 2020 inclusively. Each artist will receive a £1,000 stipend, £1,000 for materials and £100 towards travel costs.

For Society members, please note that for your application to be accepted your 2020 annual membership fee must be paid in full by the submission deadline or an existing quarterly direct debit be in place.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Grizedale Residency website.

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

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