Covid is requiring us all to continually adapt quickly; as organisations, audiences and as practitioners and as individuals. Testing Ground is an experimental platform where we can test new ways of working in a time where geography, access and engagement are considerably altered.
Photo Credit - Lydia Griffiths
Announcing 8 new artists working with In-Situ, we are very excited to announce a brilliant line up of artists and practitioners selected for our Testing Ground residencies. In the end, we were able to double the number of paid opportunities available, so we now have 8 people working with us between November 2020 - March 2021.
The list represents a mixture of established and early-career artists based predominately in the North, with some joining us from elsewhere in the UK. Each artist will receive a fee to undertake a properly funded residency with In-Situ for one week, working on The Gatherings programme and exploring people and place.
This is an opportunity to experiment with support from the In-Situ team and an opportunity to feed into the community we are embedded in - both directly and in less direct ways.
The proposed projects are diverse in their approach, including journalism, dance, audio, illustration and geography.
Here’s the line up:
Georgia Lomax Thorpe
We would like to add that we were blown away by the incredible variety, volume and quality of level of the 130 applications we received. With such a high number of exciting and innovative ideas, it was so hard to whittle it down and was why we made the decision to extend it from 4 to 8 opportunities.
We wish we could do more at this time. But we would like to honour the amount of time people put into these applications. We see that times hard for artists, shifting a socially engaged practice online or to a more distanced way of working and these residencies have been designed to support artists to navigate these increasingly difficult times.
We will continue to run programmes that help artists to navigate new ways of working and work at the intersection between the artists and social transformation in the communities we are working in.
Thank you again to everyone who applied to this programme.