Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist/Illustration Fellowship, National Trust

Deadline: Monday 30 November 2015, 5pm. Paid.

Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist/Illustration Fellowship
Acorn Bank, Penrith, Cumbria

Deadline for applicants: Monday 30 November 2015, 5pm

Artist Brief
Acorn Bank is offering a 3–month fellowship for an artist/illustrator (individual or collaborative) during the spring months of 2016. Now in it’s second year, this is an unusual residency opportunity in an extraordinary National Trust site in Cumbria, the former home of Dorothy Una Ratcliffe – an author, poet and patron of the arts. Artist/illustrators at any stage in their professional careers, who are not currently studying, are welcome to apply.

Acorn Bank is keen to continue Ratcliffe’s ethos and commission an artist/illustrator to spend time at the site and produce a body of work in response to the natural environment and rich wildlife of Acorn Bank. Throughout 2016 the National Trust is also celebrating the legacy of Beatrix Potter, marking the 150th anniversary of her birth in 1866. Best known as the author of the Peter Rabbit books, Potter was also a scientist, botanical illustrator and in later life a farmer and conservationist.

Budget, Resources and Duration
The successful applicant will receive a grant of £2,500 (inclusive) which is intended to cover 3 months residency at Acorn Bank, although it is possible to extend the stay over a longer period (4-5 months) by negotiation. Accommodation is provided on site.

Key Dates
Monday 30 November 2015, 5pm:  Deadline for applications
Tuesday 15 December 2015:  Shortlisted artists’ interviewed at Acorn Bank
Wednesday 16 December 2015:  Applicants informed of outcome
Late February-end of May 2016:  Fellowship period

How to Apply
If you would like to apply for the Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist/Illustration Fellowship please contact Hannah Pierce, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager – – to request a full artist brief and application guidelines.

National Trust Acorn Bank webpage.