Call for Applications
Archisle: The Jersey Contemporary Photography Programme, hosted by the Société Jersiaise (Jersey Society) in the British Channel Island of Jersey aims to promote contemporary photography through an ongoing programme of exhibitions, education and commissions. The Archisle project connects photographic archives, contemporary practice and experiences of island cultures and geographies through the development of a forum for creative discourse between Jersey and international practitioners.
Archisle is currently inviting applications for the position of Photographer in Residence 2018. This is an exciting post in its fifth year commencing in April running for six months through to September 2018. The residency provides the following key benefits and opportunities:
· £10,000 award for a new body of work and solo exhibition
· Studio space with access to inkjet printing and office resources
· Living accommodation and stipend
· Travel costs
A key focus of the Archisle project is to engage the residency programme with Jersey culture and community through audience and participatory involvement. In addition to the commission and exhibition of work responding to the culture and geography of Jersey, the resident will be contracted to teach photography one day per week (or equivalent) over the six month duration of the project. This teaching will be delivered in a workshop format to a range of educational and community groups. Applications are therefore encouraged from practitioners possessing the desire, enthusiasm and a proven ability to impart technical skills and develop critical understanding of contemporary photography across a diverse range of participants.
Applicants are requested to submit:
· Examples of recent work (min 10 / max 20 images)
· Statement describing current practice
· Statement of objectives for the residency including an outline commission/exhibition proposal
· A current CV including details of past exhibitions/publications
· An estimate of travel costs to Jersey
For further background on the Archisle Residency and Project see: www.archisle.org.je
Applications may be made by post or email to:
Archisle Photographer in Residence Programme 2018
7 Pier Road
Jersey, Channel Islands
For email applications total file size must be no larger than 10 MB.
Any enquiries/questions about the residency should be sent to the above email address.
CLOSING DATE: 29th September 2017
Due to a high volume of applications please be aware that unfortunately we are unable to reply to unsuccessful applicants.
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