Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist Fellowship, National Trust

The National Trust is delighted to launch the ‘Call for Applicants’ for the 2017 Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist Fellowship at Acorn Bank, Penrith.

We are offering a 3-month artist residency and commission opportunity at Acorn Bank for an emerging to mid-career artist to make new site-responsive artwork in this unique and beautiful setting. The fellowship has previously been awarded to Chichi Parish and Freya Pocklington.

Now in its third year, this is a residential opportunity in a unique National Trust site in Cumbria, the former home of Dorothy Una Ratcliffe – an author, poet and patron of the arts. Acorn Bank is keen to continue Dorothy’s ethos and commission an artist to spend time researching, developing and making new work inspired by Acorn Bank.

The 2017 fellowships key theme is contemporary conservation in the context of Acorn Bank and Lake District, and the natural and industrial heritage which can be found at this National Trust site and in the surrounding area.

The residency will take place from May – July 2017, with an exhibition/artwork presentation from August – October 2017. UK based rtists at any stage in their professional careers, working in any discipline (or across them), who are not currently studying are welcome to apply.

There is an artist fee of £3500 and a production budget of £4000 to cover the residency period and delivery of the presented outcome. The outcome will be part of the Cumbria wide C-Art visual arts programme co-ordinated by Eden Arts.

Deadline for applicants: Thursday 16 February 2017, 11am

This opportunity is delivered by National Trust through Trust New Art in partnership with Cumbria University, Eden Arts and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

For more information about this opportunity and to find out how to apply please visit our website