Proposals are now being sought for an
artist-in-residence opportunity at Darlington library and archives. This
residency will be a satellite project of the Middlesbrough Art Weekender,
generously supported by Creative Darlington and located at the Darlington
Library and Crown Street Gallery. Artists applying should be from or based in
the North East.
Artists wishing to apply for this residency opportunity
are encouraged to consider the history of public space / libraries, their users
and how publics engage with these spaces and what futures these interactions
It is envisaged that the artist will work in
Darlington Library for 3 days per week over a period of four weeks. This may
include engaging with the library institution, with the archive collections,
affiliated groups or general library users. The proposed projects should have
some form of public facing process that makes use of the Crown Gallery space
within the library during the residency, as well as culminating in a
performance/exhibition/project occurring at Crown Street Gallery, Darlington
which is located inside the library.
There is an artist fee of 2.5K plus a project
budget inclusive of travel up to 2.5K attached to this project. Additional tech
support can be supplied by the The Middlesbrough Art Weekender.
Dates: 12th August to 12th September
Darlington Borough Council has been promoting a
conversation and seeking public views on how the library service at Crown
Street could look in the future. Crown Street Library itself plays host to a
number of regular well attended groups including a Knitting Circle, local
history events and book festivals and readings.
Gallery / Activity Space:
There is a gallery called the Crown Street
Gallery situated within the library – a large single room space that would
benefit as a site of the artist’s ongoing activities with (or accessible by)
the public whilst in residence and as a final exhibiting / performance /
installation space. A flexible approach will be needed in working around other
events taking place at times during the residency period.
The archive is a wondrous labyrinth of donated
works from various eras. The archive can act as an inspiration and resource for
the residency and/or as possible material to be used and even exhibited in some
There is a local studies collection of over
40,000 images of local people and places, some of these are oil paintings and
watercolours. There is also a historic and contemporary poster collection.
Note: there is currently an embargo on filming
or photography in the spaces within the subterranean archive spaces and
other non-public areas of Darlington Library.
Middlesbrough Art Weekender 2019:
This year, the Middlesbrough Art Weekender 2019
looks at autonomy as the overarching theme of the festival programme. An
opportunity to engage with the festival through an artist talk also forms part
of this call.
Please submit all information in a single Pdf
Email Applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
● Approx 500 words detailing an approach to the
● Availability schedule / project timeline
● Outcomes – proposals need to include details
of potential outcome at Crown Street
● Indicative budget
● 3 x links to relevant previous work
Submission deadline: Monday 15th July 5.00pm
Creative Darlington www.creativedarlington.org.uk
Middlesbrough art weekender 2018 www.middlesbroughartweekender.com
Library website www2.darlington.gov.uk
Images of Crown Street Gallery