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Paid Artist Residency – St Silas Church of England Primary School, Super Slow Way

Artist Residency – St Silas Church of England Primary School, Super Slow Way

  • 1st September 2016
  • North West
  • Part time
  • Paid (£10k-15k pro rata)
  • crafts, combined arts, dance, film,interdisciplinary arts, photography,music, theatre, visual arts
  • Katie Musgrove katiemusgrove@superslowway.org.uk


Super Slow Way is part of Creative People and Places, a national action research programme funded by Arts Council England to test out new and experimental approaches to arts and cultural activity in order to build audiences and participants in areas currently shown to have low levels of engagement across Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle. For more information please visit www.superslowway.org.uk

St Silas Church of England Primary School in Blackburn is a large primary school with approximately 450 pupils with a large majority from Pakistani and Indian backgrounds. For the most part the pupils of St Silas speak English as an additional language and approximately a quarter are at an early stage of learning English when they join the school in Reception.

Artist Brief

St Silas School would like to facilitate an artist residency where the artist is to workas an artistwithin their school setting. Unlike many artist residencies where the school curriculum and delivering art-based learning opportunities are priorities, we are looking to appoint an artist interested in developing meaningful work informed by their experience of being a member of the St Silas school community. This residency values process above product and we would like to see an artist having conversations, building relationships, taking the time to reflect and develop ideas which engage/challenge/comment/impact on the pupils, parents, neighbourhood, locality and wider local community.

We would expect you to work approximately 90 days (term-time) with a majority of the days on-site during the next academic year, starting ideally after October half-term and ending July 2017.

For more information please visit http://superslowway.org.uk/news/artist-call-out-st-silas-primary-school-blackburn/

If you would like to be considered for this residency please submit your CV along with a short statement which includes;

  • A brief description of your practice and approach and how you work with people
  • Initial ideas around how you would approach the residency
  • How your skills and experience will inform this residency

Please email your completed application to Katie Musgrove (katiemusgrove@superslowway.org.uk).