Creative Residency 2022

The Art Station and First Light Festival are joining together to provide a new Creative Residency in 2022. Hosted at The Art Station in Saxmundham, this exciting opportunity offers dedicated space and mentoring plus the opportunity to present work to an audience.

We’re looking for an artist/creative who identifies as coming from a minority, ethnic, migrant and/or low income/deprived socio economic background – as well as people in need of international protection. Based in Suffolk, candidates should be working within the areas of visual art, public art, community/participatory arts, and arts in health.

When:  Start date – Monday January 10th 2022  

Duration: 4 weeks 

Fee:  £1600, plus £200 materials 

The Residency

The residency offers space to develop your own practice over four weeks with mentoring and support from both First Light and The Art Station. You will be working in our large project space with good natural light, power, and plenty of floor space. The expectation is for the artist/creative to be present for a minimum of 25 hours per week.  

The final week of the residency will include engagement with an audience via any of the following: a work in progress exhibition, workshop sessions, a talk or other appropriate interaction which would be promoted and supported by The Art Station and First Light.

We particularly encourage artists who work with the themes of time, the elements and the coastal environment – or who’s work particularly resonates with these topics. 

The Art Station & First Light Festival

The Art Station 

The Art Station is a small, dynamic non-profit arts organisation developing and supporting the creative industries in Saxmundham, Suffolk; using its new venue as a base for an ambitious Art & Learning  Programme for the local community and East Coastal Suffolk and offering opportunities to engage with contemporary practice.  Our new space in the iconic 1954 telephone exchange provides a creative hub right on the high street of this historic market town. Our work and presence creates a positive impact locally through an increase in economic and cultural activity. 

First Light Festival

First Light Festival is a multi-arts festival taking place in Lowestoft, with an innovative non-stop 24 hour model that runs from noon to noon – celebrating the most easterly, midsummer sunrise at its heart. 

Find out more about First Light Festival

How to apply

Please send an email to: [email protected] with 500 words max (word doc or pdf) on how you would use the residency and why it would be beneficial to your practice, plus a bio/cv (max 2 pages) with images or links to work.  

Not sure if you’re eligible? If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via [email protected]

Deadline for applications: Monday 13th December 2021, 5pm* 

*Deadline extended – Applicants are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later as we will respond to applications as and when they come in. 

All applicants will be notified either way on or before Thursday 16th December, 2021.