As part of Picton Play, a long term-experimental project designed to explore the creativity of our neighbourhood, we are hosting a number of artist ‘listening’ residencies in unusual spaces like Botanic Park and the 86 bus route designed to facilitate sharing, research and exchanging knowledge in our local area. So far, artist Victoria Opomu has worked with young people to explore their experiences of growing up in Edge Hill, Wavertree and Toxteth and artist and community organiser Josh Coates is creating pop-up experiences around Edge Hill that examine the nature of community spaces. The residencies will give you a chance to develop your practice or research an idea in different contexts and in collaboration with people in our neighbourhood.
We are offering 2 artist residency opportunities for artists working in any art form, who live and/or work in the Liverpool City Region or have a strong connection to the city. Successful artists will work with our team in a location-specific residency in either Wavertree Botanic Park and Garden working with Friends of Botanic Park, or on the 86 bus route in partnership with Arriva.
These 3-month residencies will enable artists to research and develop new ideas and create work inspired by these spaces, working in collaboration with participants. Each successful applicant will receive a £2500 fee, alongside the use of Metal facilities, resources and staff time. The residencies will take place between November 2023 – April 2024.
Artists are welcome to apply for both of our residency opportunities using the same application form. We have included a question on the form to clarify if you are applying for a single location or both residency opportunities.
The closing date for both residency applications is Monday 9 October at 5pm.
Learn more and apply via the links below: