Manchester City of Literature is seeking four artists – three writers, one illustrator – to take part in residencies for the inaugural Festival of Libraries, happening between 9th and 13th June this year. This five day Festival will be a celebration of the libraries of Greater Manchester and is supported with funding from Arts Council England.
We are looking for artists who live or work in Greater Manchester and can demonstrate experience at working creatively with communities. The successful applicants will be offered a paid thirteen-day residency based at a Greater Manchester library selected in partnership with the Festival’s Creative Producer. During the residency, you will support a community group to develop their own creative work inspired by their host library, its location or the people they meet there as well as your own creative work.
Over the course of this residency, you will:
● Work with your partner library and Creative Producer to agree the residency programme
● Deliver weekly workshops to a community group and support their creative development (by Zoom or in person when restrictions allow)
● Develop your own creative work in response to the residency
There is a fixed fee of £3250 for each of these residencies, equating to £250/day for 13 days. There will also be a small budget to support documentation of creative output from the community.
Please download the full brief using the relevant link below and read the details of how to apply carefully. The closing date for applications is 24 March at 5pm with the residencies to commence w/c 26 April.
Library partners in the Festival of Libraries include: Archives+, Central Library, Chetham’s Library, John Rylands Library, Manchester Poetry Library, NHS Libraries, The Portico, Working Class Movement Library, the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Greater Manchester libraries (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan)