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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 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
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
For full information about Location One please look at the website
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
• 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
artist will receive a financial award of £7,500 to enable them to take up this
• 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.
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
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
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.
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
Important Information Regarding the Residency
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.
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
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.