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Grizedale Arts Research Unit: Residency No.1 (Useful Craft) (Expired)

As part of our drive to improve the permeability of how we work, and to expand who gets to contribute to the earliest stages of our projects, we have launched an informal Research Unit. We are looking to award Residencies attached to the Unit, to enquiring, creative minds who can inform and develop our future projects and further their own research interests with our support.

The Researcher-in-Residence will contribute to the work of GA staff and Associate Artists by seeking out and communicating relevant historic and contemporary material under the theme of Useful Craft.

Useful Craft is an area where we have already covered a lot of ground, both with the items in our Library and Lawson Park Collection, and in practice in our many projects, including Making Everyday and A Fair Land. We are interested chiefly in the post-Industrial Revolution (circa 1860 onwards) craft practices of Europe, and pertinent relationships with / influences from other cultures (e.g Japan).

We're interested to know more about marginalised people and cultures and forgotten or neglected histories and relationships. We can all Google, so we are looking for original directions of enquiry, connections we've not made ourselves and the capacity to condense and communicate findings in engaging ways.

Who're We Looking For?

The successful applicant will be a self-starter, motivated and resourceful with excellent written and spoken English, and a capacity to condense and communicate complex and rich material effectively and appropriately. During the Residency, the post-holder may be asked to present their research to other staff and local stakeholders and to contribute material to our websites and social media.

You might be a practicing artist, or from another creative or media background, skilled at seeking out archive material. Or perhaps you are an academic or a writer with an existing research interest that needs some space (and some interesting influences) to grow.

A more detailed brief will be made available to the shortlisted applicants, prior to (online) interview.

  • We offer a fee of between £1000 and £1800 depending on experience, and on whether the successful candidate is in residence at Lawson Park or not. NB: Before the coronavirus outbreak we anticipated this role being fully-residential at our Lawson Park HQ, but in light of the present travel restrictions we are able to offer it to be completed from the postholder's own base or from Lawson Park, by mutual agreement. We anticipate a commitment of circa 10-15 days for this fee.
  • We will fund the postholder's reasonable expenses (UK travel only) and offer curatorial support.
  • Grizedale Arts makes no 'claim' on the research gathered. The successful applicant is free to continue working with the material and develop it in their future work, or in collaborations with us. In fact, we'd hope for that.
  • The Residency start date is flexible, but the residency should be completed and all research materials collated and submitted in the agreed format by Sept 1st 2020.
  • To apply, please visit our website -
  • We may invite shortlisted applicants to conduct a short online interview with us. These will take place within 2 working days of the closing date.
  • Our final decision will be made by the end of Friday April 3.  If you've not heard from us by then, you've been unsuccessful on this occasion.
  • If you have remaining questions about the opportunity, please in the first instance email director Adam Sutherland at


Friday 20 March, 2020
Monday 30 March, 2020
Grizedale Arts
Venue Address
Lawson Park, East of Lake, Coniston, LA21 8AD

North West , Coniston, Cumbria

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