Opportunity: Artist’s residency with Aberdeen Performing Arts and the James Hutton Institute (deadline soon!)

6th February 2019

Creative Carbon Scotland, Aberdeen Performing Arts and the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen have joined forces on a research and development focused residency for an artist in any artform for Climate Week in March 2019.

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is teaming up with Creative Carbon Scotland and the James Hutton Institute to host an artist’s residency for Climate Week North East 2019 (15 – 24 March 2019). During Climate Week North East the Artist will spend time at the heart of the Institute, engaging with its work on innovative and transformative science for sustainable living.

During their residency at the James Hutton Institute, they will research and question the impacts that climate change is likely to have in North-east Scotland, with a focus on uncovering the stories behind the Institute’s research and the narratives of change implied by the data collected, as well as potentially offering creative responses to research underway.

No artistic work is expected to be produced directly as a result of this residency. Instead it is focused on research, reflection, investigation and creative thinking around ways to bridge gaps and forge working creative partnerships between Aberdeen Performing Arts, Creative Carbon Scotland and the James Hutton Institute. It is aimed at helping to inform potential future creative practices, partnerships and artistic projects focused on fostering public understanding and empowerment in the region around the impacts of climate change and exploring how the cultural sector can respond, communicate, help give voice and adapt. Only artists interested in responding to the brief in this way should apply.

APA’s Green Team will also look at ways that the Artist’s findings, impressions and suggestions could feed into the continuity planning both of the James Hutton Institute and the cultural sector around the impacts of climate change in the region.

The Artist – who could be working in any discipline – will:

  • spend time during Climate Week North East in the James Hutton Institute accessing data, talking with staff and becoming familiar with their work, aims and research.
  • spend time afterwards preparing a brief outlining process, findings and ways in which partnerships between all three organisations could be deepened and creative work developed.
  • take part in an informal lunchtime event at the James Hutton Institute on Friday 22 March at the end of their residency to share their approach, research and first thoughts and impressions. This will be a free event managed by APA and will mainly be intended for project partners. However, it will form part of the Climate Week North East programme and will be open to the public. This event will also help inform learning for the project partners.
  • input into planning for next steps.


The residency will be the equivalent of ten days work. The fee is £2,230 and further financial support is available for travel and accommodation expenses for an Artist who is based outside of the region.

The residency will take place w/c 18 March 2019 and the final brief is due in by Monday 1 April 2019.


The application deadline is Monday 25 February 2019 at 5pm.

Your application should include a CV and covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 outlining your interest, experience, why you would like this opportunity and highlight what you would bring to the role.

For further information contact Lesley Anne Rose, Head of Artistic Development, lesleyanne.rose@aberdeenperformingarts.com / 01224 337 683 or click here: Climate Action Week Residency information

Interviews: Monday 4 March 2019 in Aberdeen

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