Artist in Residence opportunity

Open Call: practice-led research with ‘deep time’

We’re so excited to announce 3 opportunities to carry out practice-led research from May-November 2022, connecting with the wider Deep Time programme, and focusing on the west coast of Cumbria.

The PLACE Collective will be working with the Deep Time programme, Copeland Borough Council and the University of Cumbria, to support three artists in residence and to connect them with researchers at the Centre for National Parks and Protected areas for their period of residency.

Residency: May – November 2022

Deadline for application: May 8th, 2022

Artist award: £5000

For details about the residency, including dates for research and engagement and potential for involvement in the wider Deep Time project, and notes on how to apply, please download the PDF.

More about Deep Time

Deep Time: Commissions for the Lake District Coast is a major new public art programme for Copeland in West Cumbria. Launching in September 2022, the project will see 6 new artists commissions installed along 60km of the Irish Sea, proposals by international artists for a major new landmark artwork, and a series of new writing commissions. Deep Time also includes a curated programme of film, talks, performances and site-specific artworks to be launched during the opening weekend in mid-September.

The practice-led research residencies will provide an opportunity for three artists / creative and cultural practitioners to carry out a period of research by embedding themselves in the West Cumbrian landscape. Copeland is home to four of the thirteen valleys of the UNESCO Lake District World Heritage site, Wast Water (England’s deepest lake), and Scafell Pike (England’s highest mountain). The borough also takes in the iconic Sellafield nuclear site, the Georgian town of Whitehaven and historic landmarks including Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, and remains of Roman occupation.

The selected artists / creative and cultural practitioners will be partnered with an academic/researcher from the CNPPA (Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas) to frame their research within one of the CNPPA’s four research strands: (1) cultural landscapes, (2) wildlife conservation and ecology, (3) rural and visitor economy and (4) human-nature relationships. The academic will be selected in consultation between the resident artist, and University staff.

Our aim is to explore Copeland and expand upon the core themes of the arts programme, including its rich history of geology and mineral extraction, the ‘deep time’ evoked by the presence of the nuclear industry, and the cultural heritage of rural dwelling and patterns of land use over the centuries.


Deep Time residency partners and funders

images of the logos of partners and funders for the deep time project: Copeland Borough Council, Arts Council England, Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, PLACE Collective and University of Cumbria

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