Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency 2018

Stuart Hall Foundation and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) are pleased to announce the second Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency commencing in February 2018.

The residency is a funded opportunity for an artist to be in residence at Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library over a three-month period from February to April 2018. The selected artist will receive a total sum of £4,500 and given support to pursue their research in the library.

Professor Stuart Hall (1932 - 2014) was actively engaged in the arts throughout his life, and in particular the visual arts. He chaired the board of Iniva for more than a decade and championed the establishment of Rivington Place. Professor Stuart Hall worked closely with artists, filmmakers and photographers, writing about the visual arts, informing critical thinking and influencing public policy on arts education.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 25 September 2017.

Building on the distinct connections between both organisations, the residency offers a visual artist the opportunity to develop their practice by excavating the ideas contained within the library, taking the writings of Professor Stuart Hall as a starting point.

We are particularly interested in working with an artist whose practice is informed by perspectives on politics, identity and activism; who is interested in the language of the international and ideas around diaspora; and whose methodology may relate to notions of archiving and the archival.

A physical outcome of the residency is not expected, we want to emphasise that the process of research is the prime focus of this residency, though a public presentation reflecting on the residency will be required within the scope of the brief.

The artist is expected to be to in residence over a three-month period from February to April 2018 and to spend at least five days per month researching in the library. As the library is in constant use, the artist will be unable to have a studio/production space on site. The residency does not include accommodation.

Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library is an open access reference library located at Rivington Place in Shoreditch, London EC2A 3BA.

The development of the collection takes Professor Stuart Hall’s work as a guiding principle, and in keeping with this, the library collects around art, which takes issues such as cultural identity as its theme. The book collection includes over 10,000 volumes. The library holds over 4,000 group exhibition catalogues, 3,500 works on individual artists, and 2,500 contextual, historical or theoretical works as well as over 200 periodical titles and over 200 zines.

Current library hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. Starting from October 2017, the library is due to open 12pm to 6pm on Saturdays. The library is fully wheelchair accessible and is free to all users.

Residency Fee

The selected artist will receive a fee of £3,750, plus up to £750 to cover materials, travel and subsistence costs.

How to Apply

The Iniva/Stuart Hall Foundation Artist’s Residency is open to visual artists based in the UK, with a proven track record of at least 5 years.

To submit an application please complete the online application form here. Please read this residency brief and FAQs carefully before applying.

You will be required to submit:

  • A summary of your research project (50 words maximum)
  • A research proposal (250 words maximum)
  • Describe how you would approach your research in the library (250 words maximum)
  • Statement of your specific interest in the residency (100 words maximum)
  • An envisaged outcome of the residency (250 words maximum)
  • A proposed budget outline up to £750
  • CV (2 pages maximum)
  • Supporting visual material, which must be supplied as follows:
  • 5 images maximum or 3 video clips (max length of all clips - 5min). Please note that you can only upload images. If you would like to submit video files, please provide us with a Dropbox or WeTransfer link.
  • Please only include visual material relevant to your work and this proposal.
  • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
  • This form will be used for statistical purposes only.

For further information about the residency or if there is a particular reason (such as dyslexia) that may require you to submit a postal application please contact us at:

Selection and shortlisting

The shortlisting and selection for this opportunity will take place in October 2017. All proposals will be viewed by representatives from Iniva (Institute for International Visual Arts) and the Stuart Hall Foundation. We aim to contact all applicants by the end October, and the successful applicant will be announced in early November 2017.

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