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Artist Out of Residence

spudWORKS is offering the opportunity for a socially engaged artist with a track record in working intergenerationally to take up an artists’ residency exploring intergenerational interactivity across distance in a time of pandemic.  The artist will develop new work in connection with remote activities (both digital and physical) for the community.  For any queries please contact the project administrator Alex Hoare on:

Themes of the Residency

The current crisis has necessitated a rethink of our proposed two year artist residency programme to work within the framework of the current crisis and the limitations this places on physical interaction.  Our programme was already focusing on older people in the local rural community, particularly those in social isolation, with the measures for social distancing introduced this work becomes more important than ever, but with new challenges for reaching people.  Grandparents are separated from their grandchildren, older people living remotely may have no family locally, we want an artist to explore ways of young and old interacting imaginatively and creatively across the generations within social distancing guidelines.

At the same time to support a socially engaged artist to develop their own work in collaboration with the community around Sway and the New Forest, bring quality work to the community and developing an excellent range of virtual and live activities for young and old.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To give an artist the opportunity to develop their work during the COVID crisis in line with social distancing measures

  • To develop ways of engaging intergenerationally with communities particularly in and around Sway with social distancing measures strictly adhered to.

  • To continue to build supportive relationships with artists 

  • Maintain contact with and grow our audience

Artists Roles and Responsibilities

  • To develop work in line with our ethos

  • To engage older, more isolated, people through means that are relevant and accessible to them

  • To engage young people in socially distanced and/or online creative activities with older people

  • To liaise with the project administrator about engagement opportunities

  • At all times to work within the Government Guidelines on social distancing to ensure the safety of themselves and the communities they are engaging with

  • to liaise with the Project Administrator and the Trustees to agree that the proposed activities are in line with Health and Safety issues surrounding the spread of Coronavirus as and when restrictions begin to ease.

Community Engagement

Whilst realising there are limitations on the methods of engagement possible currently, we are looking to the artist to be innovative and imaginative with methods of collaborating – creating a fun, reflective way of working with people. Support will be given in contacting key community members to reach as many people as possible, but the artist needs to take into account that many older people may not have, or be proficient with, digital technologies so a range of digital and (sterilised) physical activities should considered. We are particularly interested in activities that can be easily replicated longer-term and that we are able to use with our local communities in the New Forest and Hampshire, as we move out of lockdown.


The budget for the project is £4500 – this is notionally broken down as:

  • Artist’s fees:  20 days @ £200 - £4000
  • Supporting materials and travel (if it becomes possible within the timeframe) - £500


  • Deadline for submissions: 1st June by 5pm
  • Short Listing by 8th June
  • On-line interviews/presentations: 15th/16th June

Artist appointed by: 19th June

Residency starts: 29th June and runs through the Summer Holidays to September 2020 (we are keen that activity with the public begins at the earliest opportunity).

Find out more:


Friday 15 May, 2020
Monday 1 June, 2020

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