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Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown
Powys SY16 2NZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1686 625041
Fax: +44 (0) 1686 623633


Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

The Cafe will be closed 23-27 May

The Gallery will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May



Artist Residency Call: The Drawing Room

Amy Sterly, The Drawing Room

Artist Residency Call

The Drawing Room

Deadline: Friday 5 August 2016

Oriel Davies invites artists and makers with a background in participatory practice to take up residency in The Drawing Room between 22 October and 25 February 2017. We are seeking proposals from, but not limited to visual, installation and digital artists, performance and live artists, filmmakers, creative writers, illustrators and craft specialists (ceramics, textiles, metalwork etc.) to occupy The Drawing Room and produce a mix of artistic engagement activities for visitors, creative interventions in the space and opportunities for documenting and sharing.

The Drawing Room is a creative, social space, where art, performance, craft and film will be made, shared and inspired.

We want to work in collaboration with artists and the public to create a curiously inviting room assembled from found, collected, customized and bespoke objects; that will inspire a programme of workshops and activities, talks and demonstrations, performance, screenings and happenings. This will be a multi-use space - an artist studio, boutique cinema, stage set, newsroom... A place for ideas, where discussion, learning, creativity and play will be encouraged. A space for hanging out and entertaining friends – Newtown’s living room in an art gallery.

The Drawing Room is part of Open Space, Oriel Davies Gallery’s two-year pilot project that runs from March 2016 to March 2018. In both years, Open Space will present a broad platform of cultural activity from October to January/February, which will run alongside the Gallery's existing exhibition and learning programmes.

Oriel Davies is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Wales. The largest and most significant visual arts venue in the region and a key gallery of Wales, showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft.

Open Space is funded by Arts Council of Wales and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


Residency Details

We welcome proposals for 1-3 day residencies, which involve at least one workshop/activity session or culminate in a sharing event, this could be a performance, intervention, demonstration or talk.

All creative outcomes – artworks, or events should incorporate/respond to The Drawing Room and any objects will remain in the space for the duration of the programme. Please note that the space is not always manned and visitors will be encouraged to interact with the space, which means objects may be handled and moved about

Artists will be asked to document their residency and create opportunities for sharing their creative process and outcomes online. This could take the form of a diary or blog and incorporate film, photography, creative writing and/or illustration.

Any artists proposing to deliver workshops or activities should aim sessions at one of the projects identified target beneficiaries:

·       Children and young people outside formal education system

·       Hard to reach children / family groups

·       Special needs / mental health / dementia groups

·       Emerging Artists

Residencies will take place between 22 October 2016 and 25 February 2017. They may occur over consecutive days or be spread out across the programme.

Open to artists from across the UK. We particularly encourage proposals from artists based in Wales and the Border counties.



There is nominal fee of £200 - £500 available for residencies of 1-3 days.

Additional budgets for materials and expenses are available:

  • Materials – a maximum of £100
  • Travel / Accommodation expenses – a maximum of £100


Artist Residency Proposal Application

Applications must include:

  • A completed application form - download
  • A curriculum vitae (two pages maximum*)
  • An artist’s statement (250 words maximum*)

*Documents should be provided in Word or pdf format

  • Visual documentation of three example projects

* Supply maximum of three digitised still images from each project, saved as jpg files at 300dpi (each file no bigger than 2mb each). Please do not supply images as tiff files.

* For AV / moving images, please provide a link via Vimeo, YouTube, website, etc. together with the relevant password/s.

All proposals should be returned by email to

The deadline for proposals is midnight Friday 5 August 2016.


Further Information

For further information about Oriel Davies visit

If you’d like an informal discussion about The Drawing Room, please contact Amber Knipe on

To join The Drawing Room discussion online go to






Published 21 June 2016
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