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Posted 27.11.15

Made@EU Call for Applications

By Josie Spencer

Call for fully-funded residencies for artists, craftspeople, makers and designers to work with digital fabrication tools and processes. 

Call for applications – Aims & Objectives:

As the second stage in our EU funded 'Made@EU' Creative Europe project, Plymouth College of Art are offering a number of subsidized residencies for creative professionals to develop projects that explore the integration of 3-D digital fabrication systems into their processes of design and production, to realize a new outcome.

The objectives of these residencies is to give selected applicants sustained access to appropriate traditional and digital workshop and technical support processes to enable participants to develop a project that creatively investigates the potential offered by 3-D digital ‘maker’ technologies and to explore how these new processes might integrate with their existing methods and workflows.

The residency call is geared to highly motivated creative professionals who will develop projects that exhibit innovative formal, technical, aesthetic, social, or economic achievements, within their form(s) of practice.

Plymouth College of Art Residency Facilities: 

In return Plymouth College of Art will, depending on project requirements, offer access and support to an array of appropriate traditional creative processes, plus a suite of computer-controlled tools.

Traditional Studio & Workshop Processes:

Depending on project needs participants could have access to: painting and printmaking and photography studios, animation and video production suites, fashion and textiles workshops, small and large-scale metals, ceramics, glass, wood and plastics workshops, film and animation suites, etc.

3-D Digital Production Tools:

CNC milling (wood, plastics, non-ferrous metals), large CNC router (wood, plastics), laser cutting (card, wood, plastics), 3D printing (PLA additive manufacturing and colour powder prints), 3D scanners as a means to capture digital information, and computer-aided-design using the ‘Rhino 5’ program, Arduino microcontroller units, (to govern sensors and actuators, etc).

Residency Numbers, Budgets & Lengths:

We envisage selecting between 3 and 5 residences offering support to a value of between £1,000 and £4,000. The costs must include materials and, if necessary, accommodation and subsistence in Plymouth. Note that if required, Plymouth College of Art can assist in finding reasonably priced Bed & Breakfast accommodation at approximately £30 - £45 per night. There is a College canteen that sells full meals at lunchtime at very reasonable prices.

We envisage residencies lasting anything from 3 weeks continuous to, for example, 1 week per month for 3 months. The residencies can be Part Time or Full Time, with flexible schedules to be agreed with applicants, according to the project proposed.

During this time the resident will produce results that exhibit innovative formal, technical, aesthetic, social, or economic achievements, within the particular form(s) of practice selected.

Residency Outcomes & Exhibition Programme:

The two other ’Made@EU’ partners, the Institut d’ Architectura Avancada de Catalunya, (IAAC), Barcelona and the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, (ENSCI), Paris, will shortly issue similar calls for residencies to their institutions.

Selected candidates from all ’Made@EU’ partners will have their projects outputs shown in exhibition and dissemination events in Barcelona, Plymouth, and possibly Paris, sometime during the summer and autumn of 2016. These will most likely be followed up with dissemination at additional international events. Indicative events include: Barcelona Design Week; Beijing Design Week; the Cheongju International Craft Biennale; the Making Futures International Symposium, etc.

Ownership of artwork:

All of the creative works developed by 3rd parties under the umbrella of the Made@EU project will forever remain the sole property of the original creators. That said, in the interests of the research and educational intentions of the Made@EU project, the three participating entities (PCA - Plymouth College of Art, IAAC - the Institut d’ Architectura Avancada de Catalunya, ENSCI - Les Ateliers, the French École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle) will have the right to exhibit the creative works at any time during the 24 months following the termination of the project, and by negotiation with the 3rd party owner in instances thereafter.

Again, for research and educational reasons, the three participating entities will also have the right to publicly disseminate at any time, and for any length of time, the production processes and findings employed during the residencies that they, individually or collectively, deem might be of interest to the wider communities they represent and serve.

Applicant Profiles & Application Process:

We are looking for highly motivated and experienced creative artists, craftspeople, designer-makers, and hackers, (hardware, software and systems). Candidates should ideally have some understanding of the potential of digital processes in relation to their work – enough to make a convincing project proposal.

To make an application, complete the on-line Residency Application Form below. The form will take you through a series of steps designed to describe your project proposal in terms of its aims and envisaged project outcomes, anticipated production processes and necessary materials, anticipated length of the residency to achieve the intended outcomes, and the preferred start and end times. When completed, press the ‘Submit’ button to upload.

Application Schedule for the Plymouth Residencies:

The residency application process, and the residencies themselves, will operate within the following anticipated schedules:


Early December 2015: First call for residency project proposals

Monday 4 January 2016: Second call issued for residency project proposals

Friday 15 January 2016: Call submission deadline for residency project proposals

Week commencing 18 January 2016: Residency Selection Committee meet

Week commencing 25 January 2016: Clarification and confirmation of arrangements with selected applicants

From 1st February 2016: Residencies can begin

End of May 2016: All residencies to be concluded

Application Submission Deadline is Friday 15 January 2016.