LiveElse[W]here Residency Proposals


with the drawing shed

the drawing shed (led by artists Sally Labern and Bobby Lloyd), in conjunction with visual and performance artist Jordan McKenzie, are pleased to announce two new Residencies for Live Art / Performance practitioners. The residencies will be based on two housing estates in Walthamstow, London E17 and will be followed by a mini symposium / LiveLunch.

This residency programme forms part of the drawing shed’s project LiveElse[W]here (funded by Arts Council England / London Borough of Waltham Forest). We are looking for bold, engaging and ambitious ideas that respond to, and engage with, the diverse communities that live on the estates. Artists will have the drawing shed’snew space LockUpNumber11 as their project base which has heating, power and light. We welcome applications from individual artists, artist partnerships or collectives.
Each residency (artist, partnership or collective) will receive a total fee of £500.00 (artists will be responsible for their own tax and national insurance). 

We are inviting statements of interest from Live Art / Performance artists whose practice involves some or all of the following approaches: social engagement, site-specific response, working with inter-cultural and inter-generational communities, public intervention. Engaging residents in some way will form an implicit part of each residency. Your statement should give an overview of your practice and tell us why you are interested in working within this particular context. Please provide examples of previous projects / works and up to three web links. Tell us all this in a maximum of 500 words.
Please send statements of interest to:
Deadline for Stage One submissions: Friday 21st February

From this initial call out, four artists / partnerships / collectives will be invited to the estates in E17 for an Open Day during which they will meet the curators, explore the space(s) and have lunch with local artists and residents. The four artists / partnerships / collectives will then be asked to make a proposal based on the visit.
Open Day – Sunday 9th March. Travel expenses and refreshments will be provided.

Two artists / partnerships / collectives will each be commissioned to undertake a week-long Residency in which they will research, explore, engage and make works/exhibit in the drawing shed’s LockUpNumber11 and/or on the estates. During this same period, McKenzie, Lloyd & Labern will be making new works alongside the commissioned artists, while three local people will use LockUpNumber11 to try out their own new ideas.
Travel, accommodation and local hospitality for those based outside London can be discussed.

All residency artists will be invited to take part in a mini symposium / LiveLunch along with local people, curators, other artists and commissioners, as part of the E17ArtTrail 2014 and as an on-going part of the ‘communities of Imagination’ project that preoccupies the drawing shed.

the drawing shed’s LiveElse[W]here residency opportunities, set up for Live/Performance artists to work alongside artists Sally Labern, Bobby Lloyd and Jordan McKenzie, are structured to offer artists a supported ‘try out’ space to develop ideas in the site specific location of two very different housing estates in London E17. The freelance fee of £500 offered is for the artists to create a space for their own practice in this context, and we anticipate that the word ‘social engagement’ be interpreted broadly in both the making and the sharing of work. Travel expenses and hospitality is not included in this fee and will be paid separately within reason. Initially we are asking artists for a show of interest only rather than expect proposals for ideas, as we respect that this takes a lot of time for artists!

Artists Lloyd+Labern have been based and working on The Drive and Attlee Terrace estates on and off for four years where they have developed diverse projects, co-producing contemporary arts projects with local people whilst also introducing to the estates’ communities diverse parallel projects, like these short Live Art residency opportunities. Over the months, local people will be using the same new project space, LockUpNumber11, to try out their own creative ideas whilst being part of the conversation with other artists and residents about the value of creativity in all our lives.

the drawing shed’s ongoing project work around Stranger : Neighbour involved sixteen culturally diverse local people aged 14 to 74, in a live art writing project which included an Arvon City writing course at William Morris Gallery at a token cost for equality of access, a typing pool open project space, and a Twitter based performance!

LiveElse[W]here is an opportunity to be part of a pilot project co-curated by artist Jordan McKenzie – see: LockUpPerformanceArt (LUPA) on the estate in Hackney where he lives, a monthly performance platform until 2013, where artists came to try out ideas in a garage and other spaces on the estate. Jordan followed this with a DIY project (Look At The E(s)tate We Are In)
(supported by ArtsAdmin and the national Live Art Development Agency (LADA) et al) hot-housing for a week with artists and locals, ideas and creative practices in social, public and contested spaces.

the drawing shed is working with the project’s advisers, LADA, who are keen to support the conversation about the value and role of arts practice which takes risks, may challenge received ideas and can support mutuality of dialogue with local people around contemporary arts practice, diverse creativity, the value of difference, and the culture of day to day life; the intentions for this project are that any artists who work with us will become part of a dialogue which will valuable to us all and extend the possibilities for practice in non traditional art spaces.

Artists will have access to LADA’s extraordinary Live Art resource during their ‘residency’, as well as the mini symposium which will take the form of a LiveLunch with local residents, and will be part of the E17ArtTrail 2014. the drawing shed anticipate developmental opportunities for practice to lead on from this pilot project.

Live Art Development Agency (LADA) are advising on this project
E17 Art Trail (under the umbrella of Artillery) will join the LiveLunch 
For more information about the drawing shed, please visit: