Collectivism Residency Call Out
May 13–17 2019

Haarlem Artspace is seeking 5 individuals to join us for our Spring project ‘Collectivism’ which involves a four-day residency and one-day conference bringing people together for an exchange of ideas on the themes of collectivism, resilience and collaboration. The one-day conference Resilience through Collectivism will be the second Derbyshire Creative Heritage conference and is in partnership with Junction Arts.

Haarlem Artspace provides quality, dedicated studio space for contemporary artists, writers and other creative businesses alongside a public programme of cutting-edge exhibitions, talks and events designed to engage and inspire. The residency invites five artists, writers, curators or researchers to join us in the space for four days plus the final conference day. This will be an opportunity to join our studio holders and associates and guests from Instituto Procomum in Brazil, our partners on the British Council’s Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies programme for five days of dynamic activity. The residency is jointly facilitated and co-curated by artist Alice Gale-Feeny and artist and Haarlem Artspace Director, Olivia Punnett.

Our aims are to demystify artistic and collaborative working and encourage debate, reconsidering rural contemporary arts and the experiences of resilience through collectivism. Participants will engage in activities exploring how the collective multidisciplinary studio experience invigorates an individual’s practice. Work will be documented using writing, drawing and digital recording and will be shared on a new digital platform following the residency.

Haarlem Artspace (within Haarlem Mill) is based in Wirksworth, a market town on the edge of the Peak District National Park that once had a thriving lead mining and quarrying industry. The town has an unusually large artistic and creative population, in part due to the 25-year history of its annual Wirksworth arts festival, which now attracts more than 4000 visitors each year. There is a distinct community ethos here, and the town is very much a creative hub with a strong sense of place. Activities undertaken on the residency can include anything the individual would like to work on within the spirit of the themes. This is an opportunity to share your work with other people and work in the context of a vibrant shared-studio space. You may equally have a specific project that you want to carry out over the week. We would like one of the participants to document the residency.

Application process

• Application deadline is 15/04/19

• Successful applications will be announced w/c 22 April 2019

• The residency will take place from 13 – 17 May 2019

• To apply, please send applications to consisting of:

◦ up to 3 examples of your work

◦ a short (400 words max) statement about your artistic practice

◦ a proposal for what you plan to do during your time

◦ why you wish to take part in the residency

◦ whether or not you meet the DICE criteria (see below)

◦ and let us know if you would like to document the residency

No files above 5mb please. If you are not selected for the monthly programme, we will not keep your details on file unless you specifically ask us to do so


Those selected will be awarded a subsistence bursary of £40/day for 5 days = £200.


The residency is open to those working in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, performance, photography, installation, collage, textile, mixed media, film, digital and writing mediums, as well as researchers and curators. Applicants must be over 18 years of age.

This residency is being supported by Arts Council England and by British Council. It is part of our British Council DICE project (Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies) focussing on strengthening enterprises that empower women and girls, foster youth employment and empower disabled people and other marginalised groups. We will need to ensure that 3 of the 5 selected artists fit this DICE criteria.

On submission, please state on your application if you meet the above criteria, and how you meet it. If you are applying and you don’t meet the above criteria, please let us know that you are applying for one of the 2 places that are not reserved for women, young people (between 18-35), disabled or another marginalised group.

The selection panel will include residency facilitator Alice GaleFeeny, Artist, Curator & Haarlem Artspace Director, Olivia Punnett, Director of Instituto Procomum, Georgia Nicolau, and our conference partner and Managing Director of Junction Arts, Paul Steele.


Selected individuals are welcome to ‘camp’ inside the studios for free; please get in touch if you wish to do this: Alternatively, you can arrange private accommodation. Do let us know if you would like some local recommendations.


Please make sure you are prepared for our rural surroundings with weather proof clothing etc. You are welcome to bring pat-tested electrical equipment or other art equipment with you.