Opportunity: DELUGE – travelling residency

30th May 2022

Mussel shells laden on the shore of Portobello Beach with the sea in the background.

Travelling Residency artist sought for exciting new three-location project.

DELUGE is an exciting new climate travelling residency project that links together three saltmarsh coastline locations:

  • Firth of Forth, Edinburgh/Musselburgh (Art Walk Projects)
  • Barrow in Furness, Cumbria (Art Gene)
  • Wadden Sea, Netherlands (University of Groningen – History of Art, Architecture, Landscape Dept)

The project will centre on artistic responses to the climate emergency pairing together three artists (one artist from each location) and three organisations across these different locations. This call out is for an Edinburgh/Musselburgh-based artist for the Firth of Forth component. The three coastlines are all based at important saltmarsh locations, containing crucial ecosystems, which play an integral part in tidal wetland systems and in sequestering global marine carbon. The different artists will respond to each of these sites individually and collectively through a process of collaboration and partnership with the three organisations.

Based around an initial travelling residency, with each artist spending time in the other locations, a project will evolve that draws upon ways to engage with the climate emergency specific to each coastline. As a whole, the project will assess the place and value of contemporary practice to further critical debate within the field of climate arts.

This DELUGE project is being run as part of Art Walk Project’s SALT programme, supported by Creative Scotland, and created in collaboration with Art Gene (Barrow in Furness) & University of Groningen (Netherlands).

The residencies will commence in 2022 with each artist visiting the other two locations in a relay-style method, visiting and meeting with each pairing organisation. This will be interspersed with a series of online meetings and public events and form part of Art Walk Project’s SALT eco-arts/science programme culminating with an exhibition in March 2023 documenting the travelling residency.

After the three artists have visited all the locations, discussions will take place about proposed physical artworks to be created for 2023/24 (as a phase 2 of the project), either as individual works (one in each location) or one collaborative piece that features in all locations.

Applicants will be expected to be available for these dates:

  • 24 June, 10am online introductory meeting with all artists and organisations
  • 6-15 September inclusive (to travel to Groningen & Barrow in Furness)

Artist fee:

  • £1500 (for phase 1 of project).
  • Travel costs, 8 nights accommodation, and food budget will also be included. All travelling will be done by rail or sea, using sustainable means.

To apply:

Please submit, by email to Rosy Naylor at rosy@artwalkporty.co.uk, one pdf containing the following:

  • A description of your work and why this residency is of interest to you, including what you would hope to bring to it, and your interest/experience within climate arts and a collaborative way of working
  • Confirmation you are able to commit to the above dates for travel
  • A brief outline CV (one page)
  • Contact details and link to website/social media accounts
  • Six images of your recent work

Ideally applicants will be based in or around Edinburgh/Musselburgh.

For more information, visit the DELUGe page on the Art Walk Projects website.

DEADLINE for submissions: 12 JUNE 2022, 11pm


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