Since VARC was set up in 2000 it has offered artists residencies, usually of twelve-months duration). During the residencies artists develop a body of work for exhibition at the end of the residency and engages with individuals and groups from the area and further afield through workshops, open studio days, artists’ talks and other events.
We currently have an artist in residence, Joo-Hee Yang, with us for ten months until mid July 2018. We are then hosting a month-long residency for a disabled artist in August 2018 followed by a nine-month residency September 2018 – June 2019.
The one-month residency is for an artist who considers him/herself to be disabled and who has a record of exhibiting work and/or arts project or residency experience. The aim is to give an artist a month to research or develop an idea or element of their practice withouth pressure to deliver a particular outcome.
All residencies in the past have been advertised, promoted and open to all artists and more than 60 artists have regularly applied for each opportunity. However VARC has so far engaged in only a very limited way with disabled artists. Through this pilot residency VARC wants to trial its ability to support the practice of a disabled artist from which VARC wants to learn in order to make its programme more inclusive.
In September an artist will be appointed to hold a nine-month residency that will run until June 2019.
Applications are being welcomed for a one-month residency for a disabled artist, August 2018. See more details and submission form at CuratorSpace here. The deadline is 9th April.
Applications for the nine-month residency September 2018 – June 2019 are welcomed now. For more details and submission form see the post on CuratorSpace here. The deadline is 16th April.
Current Artist in Residence
2017 - 2018
Yang works with a variety of materials to make sculptural pieces. Her works reference the brutal concrete construction of urban cities but also of its impermanence and decay. She speaks of the strength but also the fragility of nature. The artist draws on local culture and uses its materials and meanings to make sculptures that explore particular aspects of place or cultural traditions.