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Art and Ecology Residencies
Open call: Rewilding the System

Doncaster Creates announces an open callout for dynamic artists to take part in our new residency lab programme feeding into the next ArtBomb festival in August 2022.

REWILDING THE SYSTEM (RtS). RtS is a laboratory programme for 3 artists to explore their practice and create responses to the twin emergencies of the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the three slots, one is available for a Doncaster based artist, one for a Yorkshire based artist, and one for someone from anywhere, probably a remote residency.

The residency will culminate in a development lab to try out new techniques for your practice, with the opportunity to share research and art made during the residency as part of the Artbomb Festival 2022. RtS will begin in March 2022 at ArtBomb Hub and Bentley Urban Farm in Bentley, Doncaster.

We are not tied to a residency period but will be planning regular online meetings and the lab.

If successful, this residency will give you:

-      £2,500 bursary

-      Mentoring from our team and partner ‘experts’

-      Accommodation if needed (the residency might be hybrid online and/or Doncaster)

-      Time and space to develop your ideas as part of the Artbomb community

-      Workshops with professionals to expand your practice

-      A further lab

Inspiration: Water as Life

Doncaster region sits in an area of lowland bog with a history of land exploitation through the extraction of peat and was affected by flooding in both 2019 and 2021. The region now looks to a future of carbon capture and innovation, re-defining itself within a carbon neutral

culture and economy and following many pledges locally and internationally such as COP 26. Water plays a central role in global sustainability.

With this inspiration in mind, we invite artists to explore themes such as:

●      How we increase the value we place on water.

●      The relationship between water, the environment, technology and art.

●      The role of water in well-being and aiding mental health.

●      Sustainability at a time of climate crisis through arts practice.

Who are Doncaster Creates?

Doncaster Creates is a dynamic arts programme to nurture the creativity of Doncaster – developing ideas for the future, talent, skills, new audiences and participants. People from all backgrounds experience world-class arts that they will remember and act upon: people re-imagining - regeneration through great art.

What is ArtBomb ?

ArtBomb is an event and a space: with a shop front for research, residencies, co-production, exhibitions and workshops, Artbomb 22, is a 3 day festival event aiming to stimulate conversation through an exciting program of visual and performance art, film programs, a forum, music and related workshops. Upstairs is a small but perfectly formed creative hub.

This year's program focus is art and ecology + mobile art in the public realm, the festival takes place, later in August 2022.

How to apply:

Submissions are now open and will close on 28th January 2022 at 5pm. Applicants should be aware that they need to be free on Wednesday 2nd March 2022 for an introductory session/hello.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black and Global Majority

artists, artists who identify as living with a disability, and artists from backgrounds which are currently underrepresented in the arts.

If you have any particular requirements which will support your application, please email Mike Stubbs -

Important note: This residency is to develop your practice, connect, share and learn. Whilst we hope this sees the creation of new and exciting work, the emphasis will be on the journey, not the destination.

To apply, please fill in our application form, which you can find here.

In the form, you will find 3 questions for you to answer. You will be able to respond in whatever form you wish - you can write it down, put it in a video, a voice message, paint a picture, make a flowchart. Whatever works for you; it’s about quality not quantity.

After this you will find an Equality and Diversity Monitoring form. Please take a few minutes to complete this after your application.

Next steps

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application early February 2022. This opportunity is brought to you in collaboration with Don Catchment River Trust,

Yorkshire Visual Arts Network, DCLT, NEYEDC, Bentley Urban Farm, Danum Gallery, Library and Museum.

Work in production by Yu-Chen Wang - Hatfield Colliery, 2021