Quarry Bank Artist in Residence, The National Trust

The National Trust is delighted to launch the ‘Call for Applicants’ for the first Quarry Bank Artist in Residence.

We’re offering a two-month residency and commission opportunity at Quarry Bank for an emerging to mid-career contemporary visual artist to make new site-responsive artwork in this unique and beautiful setting.

Built in 1784 Quarry Bank was one of the world’s first factories and became a thriving cotton mill at a defining moment in our history, complete with workers’ village, child apprentices’ accommodation, owner’s house, pleasure grounds and gardens. This is the first visual artist residency opportunity at Quarry Bank in its history.

We are seeking applications from UK based artists that highlight the contemporary relevancies of Quarry Bank through the hobbies and interests of its founding family the Gregs.

The residency will take place from June – July 2017, with an exhibition/presentation period from September – November 2017. The outcome will be part of the ‘Arts and Wonder’ season at Quarry Bank. Arts and Wonder will feature ‘Changing Places’, a touring exhibition of contemporary artists’ video that links the industrial transformations occurring across South Asia with buildings of historic significance in Britain. Curated by FVU: Film and Video Umbrella.

The selection panel for this open call will be made up of National Trust staff and guest selector Helen Wewiora, Director of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.


This opportunity is delivered by the National Trust through Trust New Art and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

For more information about this opportunity and to find out how to apply please click here Quarry Bank Trust New Art visual arts call for applicants (PDF / 0.6MB) download