Call for Expression of Interest – Art in Manufacturing

1st August 2019

The National Festival of Making and British Textile Biennial are inviting Expressions of Interest for one new Art in Manufacturing commission.


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The National Festival of Making and Super Slow Way are inviting Expressions of Interest for one new Art in Manufacturing commission. The commission outcome will be shown as ‘work in progress’ at the British Textile Biennial in October 2019 and in final form at the National Festival of Making in June 2020.

The Opportunity
Commission for one artist practitioner to undertake a residency as part of Art in Manufacturing Season Four.
We are offering one unique residency with manufacturer John Spencer (manufacturer) + Ian Mankin (manufacturers own brand) in collaboration with Queen Street Mill. During the residency the artist will make a new work to present as part of the British Textile Biennial programme (October 2019) and the National Festival of Making in June (2020).

How to Apply –

For full details see the brief here

We aim to avoid the necessity for artists to provide extensive information – as part of the open call we request the following –

500 word expression of interest on why you would like to take part in Art in Manufacturing with reference to:

● What attracts you to this commission
● Outline of your interest in working with manufacturing technologies and / or materials
● Experience and interest in engaging with communities in a participatory setting
● Experience or interest in presenting artwork within the public realm and festival setting
● Please provide links to your work online on a website, in articles or Instagram, with reference
where possible to projects, commissions or elements of your practice that have the most relevance to Art in Manufacturing.

If you would prefer not to share online links please share a PDF document with visual examples of your
work – PDF no more than 10mb.

Please send applications to Art in Manufacturing Curator, Elena Jackson at elena@decopublique.co.uk
with ‘Art in Manufacturing Application’ in the email title.

Questions will be answered as soon as possible and you will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of
your application.

If your ideas compliment the industry partnership and festival programmes you will be invited for a short
interview in Lancashire, or by Skype.