Castlefield Gallery and Aarhus Center for Visual Art have joined together to launch SUSTAIN, a two-year programme of professional development and artist exchange focused on developing low carbon and ecologically aware ways of producing and experiencing art. Contemporary visual artists living and/or working in Greater Manchester and the Aarhus region can apply for two opportunities:
- SUSTAIN Artist Digital Exchange: Five artists from Greater Manchester and five artists from Aarhus will take part in a six-month programme (October 2021 to March 2022) of workshops, talks, visits, critical feedback and professional support focussed on low carbon artmaking.
- SUSTAIN Slow Travel Residency Exchange: 1 artist from Greater Manchester and 1 artist from Aarhus will undertake a 2-month ‘Slow Culture Residency’ (May/June 2022 in Manchester; August/September 2022 in Aarhus), making use of only slow and low carbon travel to travel between Manchester and Aarhus.
SUSTAIN aims to facilitate:
- An international Manchester-Aarhus peer network of 12 visual artists (6 in Manchester and 6 in Aarhus).
- A set of relationships that focus on low carbon cultures and climate change in the context of artistic production, work and consumption.
- The creation of artistic products, actions, events and materials designed to share the participants’ learning.
- An action research pilot with an emphasis on delivering better understanding of artist exchange and international working, cultural export and import, on a slow travel and digital exchange basis.
Participants in the Artist Digital Exchange will benefit from various forms of support, including a bursary of £1000 and access to a production budget. The two artists for the Slow Travel Residency will receive a stipend of £2200; a production budget for the creation of work during the residency and also for sharing of work and ideas; studio and accommodation in Aarhus for the duration of the residency; funding to cover travel costs, including visa fees, any required Covid-19 tests and insurance.