Open Call - Residency Programme 2016-17 for Visual Artists


Our Vision
The Art House aspires to become the leading visual arts organisation situating diverse art and artists at the heart of the cultural debate by:

• Developing artists’ potential
• Inspiring audiences
• Influencing national and international networks

Our Mission
Time, Space and Support

The Art House provides opportunities, advocacy and effective support through the provision of accessible facilities and services to disabled, disadvantaged and able bodied artists which will enable their talent and career to grow.

Our Values
Diversity. Accessibility. Innovation. Excellence. Transparency. Challenge.

The Art House supports artists to develop their practice, reach new audiences and to work with organisations involved in the arts. We focus on innovating and extending equality in the visual arts for disabled and nondisabled artists.

We provide a portfolio of opportunities including residencies, exhibitions, training, membership and 121 advice, together with studio space and accommodation. We have just expanded our building from 14 studios to 48, a new 10m by 8m Project Space and a fully equipped Print Studio (screen print, etching and laser cutter) through the conversion of a Grade II Carnegie Library next to our existing building, all with exemplary access, close to Wakefield Railway Station, and with a 3 bedroom flat to accommodate resident artists. We are also host to fellow arts organisations Axisweb and BEAM.

Wakefield is a dynamic and developing cultural destination, containing Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield, as well as The Art House, which along with a host of other organisations run a bi-monthly Artwalk ( Wakefield’s recently established Arts Partnership includes Unity Works (a music
venue, cafe-bar and creative business hub), Wakefield Theatre Royal, and the new home of West Yorkshire Archives. Thirteen minutes away by train is Leeds, which this year hosted the British Art Show and is home to the Henry Moore Institute, The Tetley and numerous artist-led spaces and organisations.

The Residency Opportunities
The Art House is seeking proposals from artists who would like to take up one of four supported residencies at our purpose built studios in Wakefield to help them develop and extend their practice. The callout is open to all, though at least one of the residencies will be reserved for a disabled artist, and one will be for an artist who will make use of our Print Studio.

We are offering:
• A month long residency at the Art House including:
- An artist’s fee of £1,500 (plus a materials budget up to a maximum of £750)
- Free accommodation in our flat within the Art House building
- Free studio space in the Art House (Studio G22, which is 14.5 square metres in           size)
- Free access to a fully equipped print studio, with screen print, etching and laser       cutter
- The services of a support technician, as part of our commitment to equality

• An opportunity to show either a new body of work created during the residency, or work in progress in our Project Space and potentially elsewhere in the Art House building. We also expect artists to keep a residency blog, participate in an artist’s talk, and if appropriate to run a workshop relating to their practice).

• Coaching and mentoring through 1-2-1 sessions with our team to support artists to develop their critical understanding of their artistic practice, marketing, and develop audiences for their work (we will look at artists’ support needs at the start of the residency and put together a package of support).

• Travel expenses up to a maximum of £250 if needed.

We welcome proposals from artists working in all types of contemporary visual art practice, including photography, new media, fine art, artists’ moving image, live art, crafts, design, architecture, site-specific, socially engaged and interdisciplinary practices. If you are successful then an initial conversation will explore your
aspirations for this programme, and what other support may be needed and available from the Art House and its partners/associates. We are happy to discuss flexibility if any aspect of the offer needs adapting to suit your needs. We will also accept proposals from artists who would like to work collaboratively with another artist (whether or not they have a collaborator in mind), though in that case the fee would be split between the artists.

The Art House is committed to developing and supporting contemporary art practice and critical debate around it. We are accepting proposals from artists at all stages of their development, and are particularly interested in artists who want to experiment, innovate and extend their practice.

Selected artists will be supported by the Art House team, which includes David Gilbert (a freelance curator and producer), Kerry Harker (formerly at The Tetley and Project Space Leeds), and Printmaker/print technician Laura Slater.

Exhibition opening dates:
Each residency will run for a month and culminate in an exhibition or event in one of the following slots:

• 1 March - 1 April 2016, with a public event on 30 March
• 27 April - 27 May 2016, with a public event on 25 May
• 1 July - 29 July 2016, with a public event on 27 July
• 4 January - 27 January 2017, with a public event on 25 January

If appropriate, works will be for sale and The Art House will take a 20% commission on any sales. 

How to apply:
Deadline: 10 a.m. on Friday 12 February 2016

Please follow the link below to make your application. To discuss your application please contact us on Tel: 01924 312 000 or E:


We aim to present a high quality programme whose selection actively considers if equality of opportunity and access impacts on an artists’ development. We actively encourage all artists to apply and if any aspect of our application process is unsuitable then please contact us directly. Equally where any aspect of our programme is unsuitable please indicate in the proposal. We will develop an alternative with you, should you be selected. Past adjustments have included artists’ not being in residence but at a distance and a support technician providing
support to make work. 

We also welcome applications from artists who are seeking to adapt their practice or return to making work after a period away, including to care for others. We are happy to discuss any additional queries e.g. where payment of expenses may cause difficulty with benefits or support workers need to be employed for longer hours that normal.

The Art House is based in Wakefield and is a uniquely accessible facility for exhibitions, studios, workshops and residencies. We are happy to also accommodate support workers or helpers where necessary. 

Image credit: Jules Lister