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Opportunity: AER Residency at GroundWork Gallery, Norfolk, UK

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  • Written byPost-Grad Community
  • Published date 15 June 2021
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Image courtesy of GroundWork Gallery website

Applications are now open until 11 July 2021 

GroundWork Gallery Extraction residencies 2021 is organized in association with EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, a multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention which seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialized natural resource extraction.

The selected resident will have the opportunity to work in partnership with a multi-disciplinary study group including Norfolk Geodiversity and Norfolk Coast Partnership (funder), plus Like Minds Norfolk, & GroundWork Gallery team to work on local and/or global issues in connection to extractivism, specially of stones and sands around Norfolk, but a wider or related theme could be considered.

The residency package will include

  • Two-week residency
  • Use of live-work space and gallery space
  • Curator mentoring and feedback
  • Participation in a group exhibition
  • Participation in an online talk/conference
  • Accommodation and access to kitchenette
  • Travel to Norfolk (cap £60)
  • Basic provisions supplied
  • Production budget (cap £250)
  • Grant of £500 on completion of residency and final report

Residency dates

6 – 17 September 2021 (possibly until 19 September to help set up show)

How to apply

To apply please send the following attachments to

  • Curriculum Vitae (up to 1 page)
    • A one-page CV or resume describing exhibition, academic, professional, and other relevant experience. Please clearly state your UAL course, college and (expected) date of graduation.
    • CV exceeding the one-page limit will not be considered
  • Letter of Motivation (up to 1000 word)
    • In 500 words or less, outline the background of your work and frame it within a larger artistic context. Describe why you wish to attend this program, what you hope to contribute, and learn.
    • In 500 words, describe the framework of the project you intend to work on in relation to the residency and the core theme of AER, outlining your research and execution plan.
    • Letter of Motivation exceeding the 1000-word limit will not be considered.
  • Digital Portfolio (up to 5MB)
    • Enclose your digital portfolio, including images, links to video and audio files of projects relevant to AER in a PDF document not exceeding 5MB.
    • Links to websites and portfolio exceeding the 5MB limit will not be considered.

Applicant Criteria

Applications accepted from UAL postgraduates (MA and PhD) and recent alumni (within 12 months from graduation) only. Unless stated otherwise, only individuals can apply.

  • Deadline is 11 July 2021 at midnight (UK)

Important Information

Successful applicants will be responsible for (i) arranging and booking their own travel to and from the place of the AER Residency in accordance with guidance provided in the application call-outs or by AER administration team and (ii) arranging visas or other travel documentation as may be necessary as well as health and travel insurance. Successful applicants will be required to sign an appropriate UAL AER Residency Agreement which governs applicant’s participation on the Residency prior to the commencement of the Residency. All successful applicants shall receive a copy of the UAL AER Residency agreement following a formal confirmation on the grant of Residency.

Related Links

AER Team:

  • Professor Lucy Orta: AER Founder, UAL Chair of Art and the Environment, Centre for Sustainable Fashion
  • Camilla Palestra: AER Curator, Centre for Sustainable Fashion
  • Rachael Lakhan: UAL Post-Grad Community Manager

About GroundWork Gallery

GroundWork Gallery is dedicated to art and environment. It shows the work of contemporary artists who care about how we see the world. Exhibitions and creative programmes explore how art can enable us to respond to the changing environment and imagine how we can shape its future.

About the Art for the Environment Residency Programme (AER)

The Art for the Environment Residency Programme (AER) provides UAL graduates with the opportunity to apply for a 2 to 4 week fully funded residency at one of our internationally renowned host institutions, to explore concerns that define the 21st century – biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy and human rights.

Founded in 2015, internationally acclaimed artist Professor Lucy Orta, UAL Chair of Art for the Environment – Centre for Sustainable Fashion, launched the programme in partnership with international residency programmes and UAL Post-Grad Community. Find out more about AER

About UAL Post-Grad Community

UAL is home to more than 2,400 postgraduate students working across the fields of art, design, screen, communication, fashion, media and performance.  Within our six world-renowned colleges, we aim to form a creative network of artists, designers and innovators.

Post-Grad Community is an inclusive platform for UAL postgraduate students to share work, find opportunities and connect with other creatives within the University and beyond.