Submissions open for first Springhall Artist in Residency Award at Flowerfield Arts Centre

Submissions open for first Springhall Artist in Residency Award at Flowerfield Arts Centre

Wed, January 09, 2019

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Flowerfield Arts Centre are delighted to announce the launch of the Springhall Artist in Residency Programme.

The six-month residency, based at the Portstewart facility, has been made possible by the lasting legacy gifted to Flowerfield by John Onslow Springhall, one of its most ardent supporters. Following his death in 2015, aged 71, he bequeathed a significant proportion of his estate to support and develop creative and artistic learning in the arts centre.

Mr Springhall, who lived in Portstewart, was a renowned author and university lecturer in Coleraine. He had been an enthusiastic supporter of Flowerfield since 1980 when it first opened its doors and his very generous gift is a reflection of how much he valued the centre.  In his memory and to fulfil his vision that his legacy be used “towards the teaching of arts and crafts in the centre”, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council developed the residency programme to reflect his wishes.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Brenda Chivers said:  ‘This is a fantastic residency opportunity for an artist to come and work at Flowerfield, engage with the community and grow as an artist in their own right. We have excellent facilities at the centre and look forward so much to this inaugural year of the residency. We are also so grateful to Mr Springhall for making this residency possible, with his generous gift.”

The theme for this year’s residency is Making Connections and the selected artist will divide their time through studio development on their own practice, leading to an exhibition/showcase event as well as delivering a social engagement element to the programme. This will include master classes, workshops, talks and/or demonstrations, as well as create a site specific public artwork for Flowerfield Park. This year, a visual artist working in any of the following disciplines including sculpture, ceramics, drawing/painting, photography, installation or video will be selected but over the following years the residency will be developed to include writers, film makers, playwrights, musicians and poets.

The residency will run for up to 6 months with the artist working on average 3 days per week. Ideally the timeframe for Year 1 is from Spring/Summer 2019. However this is open to negotiation. We are currently open for submissions, which will close on February 15th, 2019.

To see terms and conditions and to apply please click here.