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Bee Time Residency

27 October – 18 November 2019

Santa Lucia, Spain

Relational Maps: Exploring infinite intimacy in nature

Call for proposals

Doctoral and MA by Research students across Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the NW
of England are invited to submit a proposal to attend a residency with Bee Time Residencies,
27 October – 18 November 2019. We invite participants to look at their own practices through
the lens of dynamic relationships in nature.

Bee Time is a residency programme which is strongly rooted in the local ecology and culture in and
around Santa Lucia, Andalucia. Past residents have worked with the honey bee as a metaphor
from which the relationship between the landscape and the human being is investigated. Others

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have used it more broadly to reveal hitherto hidden elements within their field of enquiry. A theme
that has repeatedly emerged during these residencies is the presence of infinite intimate
relationships in the natural world. In this residency, we are keen to map and explore how this
idea can be applied to a variety of research disciplines.

Tags: #data and creativity #relational art #ecocriticism #social sculpture #systems thinking
#dynamic mapping #ecological creative processes #biomimicry #gender studies #biopolitics

The residency is a collaboration between the Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC) at
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Bee Time Artist Residencies (BTAR) and the North
West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP). The latter is funding the residency.

PhD and MA by Research students attending HEIs in the NW of England

are welcome to apply.

In Manchester the residency is managed by Dr Myna Trustram (Manchester School of Art, MMU).
In Santa Lucia, the residency will be managed on a daily basis by Bee Time Artist Residencies

Students are invited to make proposals to interpret and respond to the theme of 'intimate
relationships in nature’ in whatever ways are appropriate to their research. We anticipate a
possible mix across the students of artistic, visual, writing, music, historical, philosophical,
linguistic, political science and sociological methods. The residency format (i.e. an intense period
of study that is residential and in a new and stimulating environment) works well for all students
who wish to explore their research question through experiential learning.

Students will work alongside the staff of Bee Time (Karmit Even-Zur, Jorge Gallardo and Pol
Parrhesia) who are visual and graphic artists, and performers, and have been developing socially
engaged artistic practice in their community for the past four years. BTAR have an ongoing
collaboration with NMAC (an open air land art museum in the area) and El Cubo Verde (a network
of art+nature projects).

During the first week students will take part in workshops facilitated by Bee Time staff relating to
the theme of the residency. In the second week there will be round-table discussions with local
experts selected to suit the research themes of the participating applicants. Towards the end of the

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residency we will hold an open studio and presentation programme of the work that has been
undertaken. Students will have substantial time to work alone or with each other on their project.

Santa Lucia is a village in Andalucia, 50 km from Cadiz. Students will

encounter a relatively remote area of Spain which is dealing with considerable issues of
unemployment, migration from north Africa, agricultural degradation, and a growing economic
reliance on tourism. Through exploring the area’s traditional, as well as commercial, agricultural
practices, students will learn about the complex ecological issues local communities are facing,
both locally and worldwide.

Facilities in Santa Lucia

● Internet
● Specialized research library and access to a specialised art and ecology
library at NMAC Foundation.
● Projector, video screens or other facilities can be arranged after prior discussion. Work
studios in restored water mills in an area of outstanding natural beauty. These studios will
be used for pop up exhibitions at the end of the residency.
● The residency takes place in a rural location, and local trips to the shops (for food and
materials) will be provided four times throughout the residency period.

 Travel whilst staying in Santa Lucia for local visits will be provided.
 Non-NWCDTP students are responsible for the arrangement and payment of return travel
to Santa Lucia.
 NWCDTP students do not have to pay for travel. Advice will be given on best routes etc.

Accommodation is in Hacienda Santa Lucia, which is a fifteen-minute walk from the work studios.
There are four single rooms.

Lunches are provided. Students will make and pay for their breakfasts and dinners. There is a fully
equipped kitchen in the residency house.

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Conditions of the residency
1. Attendance for the full period i.e. arrive 27 October – leave 18 Nov 2019
2. Reading the information pack BTAR will send participants.
3. Attendance at a briefing session in Manchester prior to the residency in September.
Expenses for this are not provided.
4. An individual skype call with a BTAR member of staff in August/ September.
5. Provision of a written report by 1 December 2018 on your experience of the residency,
including the work carried out and evaluation of the content, organisation and facilities
6. Organisation and participation in a subsequent dissemination seminar in Manchester.

Each student is responsible for arranging their own:

1. Travel to Spain
2. Travel insurance
3. Risk assessment
4. Ethical approval

Please cut and paste the form below and send to Myna Trustram ( by
July 3rd 2019

We will tell you the result of your application within four weeks of the closing date.

If you have any questions, contact Dr Myna Trustram ( or

Dr Jorge Gallardo (

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Bee Time Residency, Santa Lucia, Spain, 27 October – 18 November 2019

Return to Myna Trustram ( by July 3rd 2019

Higher Education

Year of study
FT or PT

Thesis title

Director of Studies

NWCDTP funded? Yes / No

Describe the work you anticipate you will do during the residency / Max 500 words

How does this work relate to your PhD research? / Max 300 words

Give examples of your practice. / This might be in an attached portfolio; link to a website; attached writings or
publications; description of performances, and so on.

We don’t expect you to know in detail how you will use this experience when you return home. But
please indicate how you anticipate it might change some element of your research. / Max 100 words.

Have you any experience of direct relevance to this residency? / Max 200 words

Give details of any dietary requirements and medical or mobility conditions we need to know about.

I have read and accept the conditions of the residency. Date


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