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HydroPoetics by Katy Connor, image by Alex Allen 

An open call for Watershed’s Winter Residencies programme

Posted on Mon 27 Sept 2021

We’re delighted to announce an open call for our funded Winter Residencies programme - we’re looking for two UK based creative practitioners, who need time and support to develop ideas that blend art with technology.

New ideas arise when individuals imagine how things could be different. But for creative practitioners, finding time and support to think, with no expectation of outcome is really hard. US activist and author Rebecca Solnit writes::

“Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented society, and doing nothing is hard to do. It's best done by disguising it as doing something” (Quote from Wanderlust: A History of Walking)

Watershed's Winter Residency (Jan to March 2022) is a fantastic disguise. This year we are offering two creative practitioners from any discipline, career stage and background the opportunity to bring the seed of idea and spend time thinking, making, asking questions, exploring and sharing possibilities.

Victoria Tillotson, Talent Development Lead at Watershed says:

“Watershed’s Winter Residency programme offers bespoke support for creative practice and ideas. We place no pressure on outcomes, as we know from experience that freedom to think reverberates in many different ways, inducing change and the creation of incredible artworks over time. We’re delighted to launch an open call built on freedom and flexibility, inviting creative practitioners based in the UK to develop ideas they feel are timely and important.”

We encourage applications from people that are underrepresented in the creative and culture sector (for example you are from a community that experiences racism, or you are a disabled person (as defined by the Equalities Act in 2010), or you did not go to University or you had free school meals as a child).  We aim to be as inclusive as possible and work to accommodate all access requirements. We will openly discuss and tailor how we do things to support you as best we can.

Contact us on if writing or recordings are not your thing, please don’t be afraid to do this, we are really happy to discuss alternatives that would work better for you.

To find out more about the programme and the application process, please head over to the opportunities page to download the Winter Residencies brief.

The deadline for applications is Mon 8 Nov 2021, 10:00 GMT