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Digital Archives: Artist in Remote Residence - Call for proposals

Close up of different archive materials including photos, newspaper articles and a white t-shirt with the slogan 'Censored'
  • Written byCommunications Team
  • Published date02 February 2021
Close up of different archive materials including photos, newspaper articles and a white t-shirt with the slogan 'Censored'

Digital Archives: Artist in Remote Residence is an initiative developed by UAL Decolonising Arts Institute in partnership with Iniva (Institute for International Visual Arts). The residency will run in parallel with Iniva’s forthcoming Archipelagos in Reverse Research Network and 2 further initiatives developed by the Decolonising Arts Institute: the 2021 Decolonising the Archives: Research Residency Programme (in partnership with UAL Archives and Special Collections Centre) and the Decolonising Collections: Curatorial Research Network (generously supported by Art Fund).

We are pleased to announce a bursary of up to £6,000 to support an artist in residence to undertake practice-based research into Iniva’s digital materials and archives, in ways that engage decolonial thinking/doing and questions of decolonisation.

The residency will be undertaken flexibly on a part-time basis from May to November 2021.

The residency will be largely remote while lockdown restrictions remain in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Physical access arrangements to Iniva’s Library and Archive are under constant review in accordance with government guidance. Therefore, proposals should not rely on physical engagement with materials, and need to be adaptable to the rapidly changing circumstances.

We invite proposals that focus critically and creatively on a specific aspect of Iniva’s digital materials and online archive, or a particular artwork, archival object, event or exhibition history, including projects pioneered through X-Space programme and virtual gallery (curated by Gary Stewart as Iniva’s Head of New Media, 1995 to 2011). We welcome approaches that challenge, for example, dominant narratives of identity, nation, culture, language, heritage, Britishness, Eurocentrism, Westernisation, modernism, feminism, radicalism, activism, whiteness, blackness, race, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, age, belief, and/or the politics of institutional memory and archival silences.

Key dates

  • Deadline for applications: 28 February 2021, midnight
  • Online interviews: 5 March 2021
  • Residency dates: May – November 2021
  • Symposium: November 2021 (date TBC)

Find out more and apply

Digital Artist in Remote Residence full call details (PDF 217KB)
Application Form (Word 814KB)

If you have any questions, please contact

Image: Archival material related to the Veil exhibition in the Stuart Hall Library Archive, 2018. © Iniva