Friday, August 16, 2019 - 09:00
The National Festival of Making (NFM) and Super Slow Way (SSW) Invite Expressions of Interest from Artists for Art in Manufacturing. They are offering one residency with John Spencer (manufacturer) + Ian Mankin (manufacturers own brand) in collaboration with Queen Street Mill.

During the residency, the artist will make new work to present at the British Textile Biennial (October 2019) and National Festival of Making (June 2020). 

AiM is the National Festival of Making’s headline commissioning programme and a co-commission between NFM and SSW - an Arts Council England Creative People & Places scheme.

AiM pairs artists with manufacturers in the North of England, giving artists a unique opportunity to work within an industry context. Artists co-create with factory workforces who share skills, craftsmanship and personal histories, often directly informing artistic outcomes that interlace traditional techniques and materials with challenging and contemporary ideas. 

NFM celebrates our brilliant UK making industry, from kitchen table makers to master manufacturers, attracting audiences of 40,000 -

The British Textile Biennial throws a spotlight on the nation’s creation, innovation and expression in textiles against the backdrop of the impressive infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire -  

Responses from artists working in any art form is welcome, with a practice which may reflect the following:

  • Interest in making in a heritage context
  • Interest in the future of manufacturing & new digital works
  • Artists interested in engaging with industrial processes and making methods
  • Artists who make work in the public realm
  • Artists who engage communities collaboratively 
  • Work that engages audiences within a festival setting

As Arts Council funded programmes, we're committed to the Creative Case For Diversity and welcome applications from artists that reflect the diverse nature of local communities. 

Budget: £6000 fixed fee + expense support

Download the guidance here. 

Questions and expression of Interest to - with a subject title ‘Art in Manufacturing EOI’

Residency: Sept 2019 to June 2020, to be determined between artist & commissioners.

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