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Design Residency & Exhibition Open Call

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art invites proposals from designers to develop a new body of work for exhibition, through a residency at Plymouth College of Art, making use of our extensive workshop facilities. The selected designer will meet and work alongside our students, to offer an insight into their process and approach. Designers are invited to push, experiment with and utilise the workshop facilities to develop new ambitious ideas and directions for their practice and/or scale up or expand current ideas.

Designers should be open to sharing their practice with students and to delivering input into teaching and learning (including tutorials and setting a live brief for students to follow). The selected designer is expected to maintain a blog throughout the residency (to record and document the process and creative journey of the residency).

The residency will sit within the area of Design which includes the undergraduate programmes: 3D Design Crafts (ceramic, glass and metal); Graphic Design; Fashion; Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern; Creative Advertising & Brand; Costume Production & Associated Crafts; Textile Practices; Product Design & Innovation and Interior Decoration, Design & Styling. Alongside related masters programmes including Visual Communication, Disruptive Design, Textiles, Digital Fabrication and 3D Design Crafts.

The selected designer will be awarded a fee of £3000 plus a materials budget of £1000. Additionally, there will be a separate budget for installing and producing the exhibition in The Gallery and artist travel and accommodation (up to £2000).

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art is a professional gallery specialising in supporting artists to produce new work and exhibitions. The gallery supports artists at various stages of their careers and aims to offer exciting opportunities which add to and enhance an artist's practice in new and interesting ways.

Selection panel
Hannah Rose (Gallery Manager)
Paul Singleton (Associate Dean - Design, Plymouth College of Art)
Katie Treggiden (Design Writer)

Deadline for application: Monday 28th August at 5pm.
Applications made after this deadline will not be accepted.

Important note: we are only able to accept proposals submitted via our website form below. Please note we will be unable to offer individual feedback if you are unsuccessful, so please consider this when deciding to submit your application.

Other Key Dates:
Tuesday 29 August to Tuesday 5 September 2017 - shortlisting
Wednesday 6 September 2017 - selection
Monday 11 September 2017 - artists notified

Research and residency visits: artists are expected to come for four or five research or residency visits. The following months are preferable periods for visits but exact dates can be agreed with the team: November 2017, January-April 2018 and September 2018. Gallery exhibition installation and private view - December 2018 (exact dates TBC)

Further Information:

Available workshops and facilities  
Jewellery benches w/gas and oxygen, metal casting, facilities for vitreous enamelling, chemical room for etching, potters wheels, plaster lathe, Jigger and Jolly, slab roller, blunger, extruders, spray booth, glaze mixing bench, electric kilns, sandblaster, heat presses, binders (screen ink), screens, screen dryer, exposure units, Columbian press, Albion press, wallpaper press, automatic FAG proofing press, vacuum screen-printing beds, etching presses, large gas kiln and electric kilns of varying sizes (from small test kiln to very large). Fab Lab and Woodshop resources include: 2D and 3D CAD facilities including all Autodesk applications, Rhino, Solid Edge, KeyShot 40w and 120w laser cutters, Ultimaker 2  PLA 3D printers, powder printer, 3D scanner, Roland CNC milling machines (small and medium), rotation axis milling jigs for milling machines, vinyl film cutter, various traditional woodworking machines, 2.5 axis CNC router (8' x 4' bed), acrylic bending equipment and vacuum former. Sewing machines, digital embroidery, knitting machines, tufting machine, pleating machine, dye lab printing tables, exposure units and screen washing areas, Mimaki digital printing, fabric steamer, wide format Epson printer, wide format sublimation printer and heat presses. Macs (with Creative Suite), a two-colour Risograph printer, letterpress type, Adana presses, hand letterpress and mechanical letterpress. Enamelling kilns, electroforming kit, jewellery casting machine, large gas kiln, jewellery torches, jewellery pendant motors, linisher, grinder, bandsaw, sandblaster, barrel polisher, ultrasonic cleaner, hydraulic press, large polisher machines, jewellery drawbench, rolling mill, large metal guillotine, large pillar drill, large spot welder, micro welder, benchtop drills, powered 50 tons hydraulic press, sheet metal roller, flame fast brazing hearth, large metal bandsaw, steam cleaner and pickle tanks.

Applicant eligibility and expectations
Artists must be working professionally (outside of education), be experienced in and have a track record of making and presenting artwork for gallery contexts. They must be able to demonstrate their ability to deliver a high-quality solo show at The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. Artists are expected to give a public talk about their work, attend their private view and take an active role in the production of the exhibition. Additionally, artists are expected to work with the Gallery Education Officer to support student engagement (including a careers focused talk) and with the marketing and gallery teams to support the promotion and production of a Gallery Short video.

Key Gallery information:

  • The Gallery is not invigilated so artwork must be suitable for this context.
  • You can not drill into the gallery floor.
  • The Gallery has a large window which tilts outwards.
  • The space is adaptable and The Gallery team have experience of delivering bespoke builds and physical changes to the gallery space. However, this must be factored into the production costs for the exhibition.
  • Artwork must be suitable for our mixed audiences, including young people.

Design Residency & Exhibition Open Call Submission