Play Artist in Residence Project
We are inviting 3 artists/play makers to join the team for one of our upcoming seasons to co-create playful, interactive activity in our building and for our community.
The Play Artist in Residence programme is a new and unique project designed to create joyful, interactive moments for audiences and the community across all areas of The Spring’s programme. It aims to develop audiences, deepen relationships with visitors, offer co-creation opportunities for the community and create unforgettable experiences.
We want to put artists at the forefront of our work to creatively play with our programming over a period of time and whose purpose it is to work with the events, exhibitions and workshops we’ve got planned to bring them to life in fun, interactive ways. There is a lot of research about how good play is for every age group and we are looking for three artists/ companies who have the time and expertise to make our audiences and visitors interactions a bit more engaging, memorable and playful, from working within the café and galleries to performances, workshops or outreach programmes. Adding an element of surprise, intrigue and excitement to someone’s visit through the art of play.
As the first programme of its kind, The Spring is seeking a researcher/evaluator to work with the programme’s producer and the selected artists to thoroughly measure the project’s board-ranging impact – including but not limited to the cultural and social impact that leading ideas through a play artist has on the organisation and the community it serves. The researcher/ evaluator will undertake evaluations with participants and artists gathering data (both qualitative and quantitative) and will create a full report to help us share the learning found. The evidence and report should also support The Spring in making future fundraising applications to continue or develop the programme.
Click here to listen to an audio description of the Invitation to Play or download the pdf below.
We have budget for access costs if required, please contact Vickih@thespring.co.uk to discuss.
Deadline to RSVP: Friday 23rd April 2021
Day of Play: Wednesday 2nd June 2021
Play Artist 1 residency: September – December 2021
Play Artist 2 residency: January – April 2022
Play Artist 3 residency: May – August 2022
To apply to be one of our Play Artists we ask you to submit a short creative response to show us how you work.
Please show us:
• what excites you about this programme
• a flavour of the style of your current work
• summary of how you will work with our building and our communities • an indication on which season you would prefer to be resident
• how you will use your time and budget as Play Artist
Please RSVP via video, writing (no more than 2 sides of A4) or another creative format of your choice (if by video/audio no more than 4 minutes of material) by Friday 23rd April 2021 and send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email email@example.com if you would like to arrange an informal chat before applying.
Great Experiences for Everyone
The Spring strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer and to ensure that no person is unfairly discriminated against in its recruitment and selection policies and procedures. As a publicly funded organisation, The Spring monitors the cultural diversity of all its employees, freelancers, Board Members, and volunteers.
We ask that applicants complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. This information will not be used in connection with your application. It will be used for monitoring and evaluation purposes only.