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  • 1. The Scottish Arts Council/Location One New York Residency for Visual Artists Deadline for applications: 7 July 2008 Residency period: 1 February to 30 June 2009 The Opportunity The Scottish Arts Council’s New York Residency offers the opportunity for a visual artist, resident in Scotland, to live and work in New York City, by participating in the international residency programme at Location One for four months during the period 1 February to 30 June 2009, together with a financial award of £7,500 and an accommodation allowance of £5,000. About Location One The International Residency Programme at Location One in SoHo, New York, was established in 2001. Full details about the programme can be found on at http://location1.org/residency Location One is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to the convergence of visual, performing and digital arts. Its programme of activities includes the established international residency programme for visual artists, exhibitions of work by emerging, senior, and resident artists, performance events and collaborations and community initiatives. For full information about Location One please look at the website http://location1.org/about/ Criteria Candidates may work with painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography, sound, new media or other media. Candidates must be working artists with a substantial record of achievement outside formal education. Location One’s residency programme seeks artists who wish to experiment with new forms of artistic expression, including those involving new technologies. The programme is explicitly open to candidates of different levels of experience. Funding and Accommodation The Scottish Arts Council wishes to ensure maximum flexibility for those artists with families or career or individual needs. The Residency opportunity is thus structured as follows: • The successful selected artist will be invited to participate in Location One’s Residency Programme (further details below). The Residency fees payable to Location One will be met by the Scottish Arts Council and the successful
  • 2. artist will receive a financial award of £7,500 to enable them to take up this opportunity. • Location One will assist the artist in finding appropriate accommodation for the period. Artists will receive financial support for accommodation, through the one-off payment of an accommodation allowance of £5,000 for the duration of the residency. Application Process The residency is open to visual artists working in any medium. When completing their applications, artists should explain in their written statement their reasons for seeking to undertake this residency. Applications to the Scottish Arts Council are invited by the deadline of 5.00pm on 7 July 2008, using the Scottish Arts Council Application Form for Individuals 2008/9 and selection will be made by a two–stage process involving both the Scottish Arts Council and Location One. The Scottish Arts Council will consider the applications in order to produce a shortlist of three artists. The Visual Arts Department of the Scottish Arts Council may invite artists to interview in order to reach the shortlist of three, but reserves the right not to do so should it not add anything to the application process. Applicants will be advised by the Scottish Arts Council whether or not they have been shortlisted by 15 September 2008. Location One will then convene a curatorial panel to select the successful artists for the residency through consideration of the written applications and supporting visual material from the short-listed artists. The final decision will be made by Location One and the three short-listed artists will be advised of the final outcome before 14 November 2008. Location One’s curatorial panels base their decisions on a) artistic merit b) potential for artistic growth, and c) appropriateness, of their motives for applying for the residency and their artistic work, for the residency programme
  • 3. About Location One’s International Residency Programme Ten to twenty artists per year from around the world come to spend four to ten months in the Location One studios, experimenting and creating new work. Location One’s artist-in-residency programme seeks artists who wish to experiment with new forms of artistic expression, including those involving new technologies, to create new work reflecting their experimentation. Artists are encouraged to experiment with advanced tools of production and delivery and to create new work arising from these explorations, especially in collaboration with fellow artists. This work is then presented to the public. (Location One’s mission dictates that they present only work developed here in our studios, not work developed elsewhere.) Participants are not required to have prior experience in new technology. In fact this programme is explicitly open to candidates of different levels of experience. Facilities available through the Residency Programme Ten on-premises working studios are accessible 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Studios are equipped with Macintosh G4 with graphics, video and Internet software. Digital video and audio equipment and live two-way interactive streaming technology are available to residents as needed and on a shared basis. Location One offers resident artists ongoing technical guidance and support from in- house staff. Workshops teach the use of creative software (e.g. Adobe, Final Cut Pro, Blender3D, OpenOffice, etc). Residents may participate in testing both custom and experimental software. Location One assists participants in the creation and development of new work that includes exploration of new technology in video, audio and digital expression. They tailor support to the project; outside technological and creative resources are brought in as needed. Participants can learn to incorporate large-scale projected video images and audio components into their exhibition/installation/performance, both in the galleries and over the Internet. They can also produce live-stream broadcasts on http://location1.org/ with live mixing and editing of sound and images. Opportunities to collaborate with dancers or musicians are often available. Resident artists are supported throughout their stay by the Location One programme and technical staff. Staff meet with each artist weekly and sometimes daily. Work in progress and results of workshops are evaluated on a regular basis. Artists in residence interact regularly with curators, critics and technologists who visit Location One, and with the more established visual and performing artists who exhibit or perform in the gallery as part of regular programming (residents sometimes collaborate in these events). Residents are invited to all gallery openings, performance, workshops and Open-House Wednesday discussions (see http://location1.org/ohw/ ) of artistic and cultural issues. They are also invited to tour galleries in all parts of the city, and to join special trips to out-of-town destinations (e.g., MIT Media Lab, Mass MoCA). During each residency, a curator/art critic/art professional interviews the resident about his/her work and art practice. Interviews are broadcast on. http://location1.org/residency/artist-interviews/ and archived online for continuous access. Selections from the residents’ work (video and sound clips; retransmission of interviews) are made available online. They form a catalogue accessible to artist and public at any time.
  • 4. Exhibition and Performance Location One makes every effort to exhibit or perform work created by its artists in residence during their stay here. Work intended for exhibition is developed in collaboration with Location One’s curatorial advisors and management, and is subject to curatorial review. Exhibitions can take the form of group shows in one of our main galleries or of presentations of work by one or two residents at the time in our project space. Special arrangements are sometimes made for works involving performance or works with unusual physical requirements. Technical staff assists artists with the installation and logistical aspects of exhibition creation. We also develop an online component of the new work that is broadcast live, digitally recorded and permanently archived on location1.org for the audience’s future reference. Important Information Regarding the Residency Accommodation Artists are responsible for entering into any rental or legal agreements on their own account and the Scottish Arts Council and Location One will not take any direct responsibility for their costs. Should accommodation cost more than the stated accommodation allowance the artist must meet the balance from their own funds. Additional costs Artists will be responsible for all other costs associated with undertaking the residency such as travel and visas, health insurance, utilities, subsistence, artists’ materials and rental deposits. Artists must make their own arrangements with regard to healthcare and insurance for the duration of the residency and are strongly advised that they should take out the appropriate health and travel and possessions insurance. Visa requirements It is the artist’s sole responsibility to ensure that any visa requirements by the US government at time of travel and residency are met. We suggest that the artist applies for a B2 visa (http://usimmigration.visapro.com/B2-Tourist-Visa.asp). The Scottish Arts Council and Location One will provide the artist with the relevant letters of support but cannot be held responsible should an artist be refused entry to the US.