OPEN CALL: Arts Catalyst announces pilot Instagram artist residency opportunity

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 13:00
Residency dates: 10 - 30 October 2017
Minimum content: 1 image/accompanying description per day
Fee: £500, all inclusive
Arts Catalyst is pleased to announce a new digital residency initiative for an Instagram artist-in-residence, the first of what is hoped will become a recurring programme of digital take-overs. From the 10th to the 30th of October 2017 we are looking for a contemporary artist interested in exploring the interrelationships between art, science, and technology, to take over the Arts Catalyst Instagram account.
We are particularly interested in proposals that critically approach Instagram as a medium itself and/or that look at the ecology of the city; environmental change and its impact on communities; forms of self-governance and commoning practices.
The selected artist will be expected to present a series of images – that could include work-in-progress, research, documentation of a new work created from start to finish or visual experiments within the context of Instagram – with an emphasis on experimentation in their field. During the residency, the selected artist is also invited to make use of Arts Catalyst’s King’s Cross space and window-fronts, in either/both a workshop and/or display capacity, although this is not a mandatory requirement.
Artists from a wide variety of disciplines, working in any medium are encouraged to submit a project proposal. There’s also a possibility to develop a future project with Arts Catalyst, based on the research/work carried out during this residency.
This residency opportunity forms part of Arts Catalyst's forthcoming Undisciplinary Action Group, launching late 2017, a peer-led programme that will provide artists, curators and practitioners with a space for dialogue and learning in an informal, dynamic environment. The Undisciplinary Action Group will serve as a laboratory from which to discuss, develop and reflect on transdisciplinary practices and discourse.
How to apply
Interested parties should send a proposal of no more than 500 words and a CV to by midnight on Wednesday 27 September
ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN PDF or MICROSOFT WORD - do not copy and paste your application in the email.
  • The selected artist will be expected to post at least one image per day as part of the residency along with accompanying the descriptive text.
  • They will also be expected to help maximise digital audiences by working with Art Catalyst’s communications officer to utilise agreed hashtags etc.
  • Applicants can be based anywhere but should be planning to be in London during these dates.
  • Minimum age: 21
  • Applicants must be at least one year out of full-time, undergraduate education (for graduates from further education this year does not apply) and must have exhibited or curated previous projects and have a professional portfolio.
  • Use of Arts Catalyst’s project space and equipment (2-3 weeks).
  • Meetings with curatorial staff, and Arts Catalyst's networks (e.g. scientists, academics, and artists from major institutions and potential access to scientific spaces).
  • The fee of £500 is all inclusive (materials, travel and production costs).
About Arts Catalyst
Arts Catalyst is one of the UK's most distinctive arts organisations, distinguished by ambitious art commissions and its unique take on art-science practice. Its primary focus is commissioning new artists' projects, presented in a range of museums, art galleries and other public spaces in the UK and internationally. In its 23 years, Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 140 artists’ projects, including major new works by Tomás Saraceno, Aleksandra Mir, Critical Art Ensemble, Jan Fabre, Yuri Leiderman, Stefan Gec, Otolith Group, Beatriz da Costa, Kira O’Reilly and Marko Peljhan, and produced numerous exhibitions, events, performances and publications, collaborating with major arts, science and academic organisations.