Artist in Residence Opportunity: Living in the City

Glasgow City Heritage Trust, in partnership with The National Trust for Scotland, is looking for an emerging artist / designer to work at The Tenement House to develop artwork(s) in response to Glasgow’s traditional tenement legacy.

In the Year of Young People 2018 and delivered as a creative residency in partnership between Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT) and the National Trust for Scotland’s Tenement House, Living in the City will provide a workshop space in which a Glasgow-based emerging artist / designer / creative practitioner under the age of 26 will be invited to develop a body of work over a period of 6 weeks, culminating in an exhibition of these findings within The Tenement House and following that, at GCHT’s offices in Bell Street. The creative residency will look to provide existing visitors and new audiences with a provocative layer of heritage interpretation, as well as providing Glasgow City Heritage Trust and other partners with the opportunity to speak to new audiences.

Through this project we hope to explore how collaboration between heritage organisations and contemporary art practitioners might offer audiences new or alternative perspectives on each field. The broad nature of the question ‘what does it mean to live in the city?’ opens up the residency to a whole host of professionals and creative disciplines, enabling Glasgow City Heritage Trust to curate the residency in a way which complements and enhances other areas of work.

Aims of the project

  • To engage Glasgow’s communities in the history and heritage of Glasgow’s tenements.
  • To encourage emerging artists to reflect on and respond to Glasgow’s heritage in their practice, contributing to the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People 2018.
  • To explore and develop new ways of interpreting Glasgow’s heritage.

This project offers a dynamic and unusual context in which to research and make new work. Based in Glasgow, the artist would be expected to:

  • Become familiar with Glasgow’s traditional tenements and get under the surface of the Garnethill community;
  • Gain insight into the development of Glasgow’s built environment and the impact of the tenement typology on it;
  • Reflect on and respond to this research in their practice, exploring new ways of interpreting the historic built environment.

To outline what is expected as outputs, it is anticipated that the artist would:

  • Create new artwork(s) inspired by the tenements of Glasgow, past and present.
  • Use the Tenement House to present the work using the property as a creative stimulus as well as research into Glasgow’s built environment.
  • Relate the work back to Glasgow in some way, i.e. by presenting the work to the broader public through workshops, talks or other events.

The residency is expected to start in June 2018 and last 6 weeks.

To apply click here to download the Artist’s Brief. 

Deadline: Tuesday 29th May 2018, 11am

Interviews: Monday 4th June 2018, Glasgow