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largest art and craft open studios event, Spring Fling, is seeking to appoint an artist- in-residence at this years Wigtown Book Festival (28 September to 7 October 2012). INTRODUCTION Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town, is a book lover's haven, featuring 15 book-related businesses and new and second-hand books galore. At its heart is a village green, circled by historic listed buildings, and the surrounding patchwork of green fields, rugged coastline, moorland and mountain includes Britain's largest local nature reserve (a viewing room in the towns County Buildings offers information on the reserve as well as video footage of local ospreys). Other local attractions include Scotlands most southerly distillery, in neighbouring Bladnoch as well as the separate RSPN reserve at nearby Crook of Baldoon . The residency is an opportunity for an artist working in any medium or discipline, not currently based in Dumfries and Galloway, to live and work in Wigtown for 12 days in the lead-up to and during Wigtown Book Festival 2012 (28 September to 7 October 2012). This is one of the largest arts festivals in Scotland, consisting of over 150 events, and it attracts visitors from both Dumfries and Galloway and beyond. We are looking for an artist to make and show new work during this event, inspired by Wigtown Book Festival - and by the meeting of people and minds that happens during this annual 10-day celebration. A central strand of the 2012 Wigtown Book Festival is The Audience as Artist in which the organisers will be encouraging as many visitors as possible to make, paint, sing, bake, sculpt or in any other way create something during or before their visit. It is intended that the visitors work will be shown in a revolving exhibition during the 10 days of the exhibition. This years Spring Fling residency will find inspiration in and complement this activity, for example by drawing on the talents and energy of the festival audience to create new work. This residency is open to artists currently working out with Dumfries and Galloway. We encourage proposals from artists using social media and digital media either as part of their work or alongside their work. The selection committee will also prioritise original work that encourages participation across a range of ages, interests and social backgrounds.

BACKGROUND

Following a pilot artists residency project that took place during Wigtown Book Festival in 2009, Wigtown Book Festival and Spring Fling have collaborated on this residency project both in 2010 (Deirdre Nelson) and in 2011 (Kim Ayres). The results of the residency each year have been on display in an open studio setting in Wigtown during the following Spring Fling. Spring Fling is the most successful open studios event of its kind in Scotland and a major tourist event in Dumfries and Galloway, attracting over 10,000 visitors during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. For participating artists it offers a chance to showcase their work to a wide audience (www.spring-fling.co.uk). In 1998 Wigtown became Scotland's National Book Town. Since then this tiny town has been transformed from neglected rural settlement into distinguished literary capital, while its book festival has grown into one of the best-loved autumn arts gatherings in the UK (www.wigtownbookfestival.com). The festival now has an audience of more than 15,000. In 2012, Wigtown was awarded the inaugural Creative Place Award for communities under 2,500, designed to recognise places of exceptional creativity in Scotland. There is potential for much connection between the audience of Spring Fling and that of Wigtown Book Festival, and we feel that both audiences are very likely to be interested in the content of both events. It is hoped that the residency project will help to enhance this relationship - and prompt visitors to visit the region more often than once a year. THE RESIDENCY

We would like to invite an artist to apply for a 12-day residency in Wigtown that will culminate in a new body of work to be shown during Spring Fling 2013. Selection for the residency will automatically guarantee the artist a place in Spring Fling 2013 (dates TBC but it will be for three or four days over the late May Bank Holiday weekend), during which time they will present the results of their residency, a new piece of work, in Wigtown. The selected artist must agree to be on site in an open studio-style environment in Wigtown during Spring Fling hours (10.30am to 5.30pm on all three/four days) and available to talk to the public about their work during this time. We will confirm the studio location as soon as possible after selection. During their 12-day residency the selected artist will be expected to engage fully with the book festival, attending festival events and engaging with festival visitors and speakers. We will provide a studio-style space for the artist to create work in during this time and the artist will be expected to be present in the studio to talk to visitors about their work for a certain amount of time during the residency. Times for this can be limited and agreed in advance but this must be done immediately following selection to ensure that details can be listed in the Wigtown Book Festival brochure. The selected artist must agree to create artwork inspired by Wigtown Book Festival. This should include the actual festival itself but might also cover its engagement with the town, with local inhabitants, with visitors and with ideas. We are open to the format of the residency, which could be an exhibition or installation. The residency opportunity is open to artists working in all practices but we believe it will particularly appeal to artists wishing to rise to the challenge of: - Developing a new piece of work in a short period of time

- Developing work with new material in a new space - Presenting new work to a new audience - Working independently in a new environment - Developing work incorporating some form of audience participation - Using social/digital media as part of the creation or recording of the work The artist will be supported by Spring Fling manager (Leah Black). As this post is not based in Wigtown, the artist must be willing to work independently. There will also be some local support from the Wigtown Festival Company, time allowing. THE FEE The successful applicant will receive a fee of 2,000, to include any materials and travel costs both during Wigtown Book Festival 2012 and during Spring Fling 2013. Accommodation will be provided free of charge (possibly sharing a cottage space with writers attending Wigtown Book Festival) throughout the residency and again during Spring Fling 2013. The artist will be given free entry into Spring Fling 2013 (participation fee for 2012 was 250). In addition, the artist will be given a free pass to Wigtown Book Festival events, according to availability and by prior arrangement with Wigtown Book Festival. This is so that the successful artist will have the opportunity to attend events and experience Wigtown Book Festival. Spring Fling and Wigtown Book Festival will allocate substantial resources on promoting this residency as a major attraction of both Wigtown Book Festival 2012 and Spring Fling 2013. This residency is funded by Creative Scotland. Spring Fling benefits from the generous support of Dumfries and Galloway Council. The Springboard Project 2011 2013 is funded by The Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme and The Holywood Trust. Wigtown Book Festival is supported by Creative Scotland, EventScotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council, with sponsorship from Baillie Gifford. HOW TO APPLY

If you would like to apply for this residency we would request the following: Six images of your work in digital format A statement about your practice An up-to-date CV Up to 400 words (maximum) about how you would spend your time in Wigtown, what you would propose to produce by the end of the 12-day residency and details of any relevant experience you have in this area.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel, including committee members of Spring Fling, the Spring Fling manager and the director and manager of Wigtown Book Festival. Shortlisted artists will be expected to attend a brief interview on 5 July 2012 in Dumfries, for which expenses will be paid, providing these are reasonable and agreed in advance.

Please email your application to Leah Black at the address below. TIMELINE

The deadline for submissions is 9am on Thursday 14 June 2012. Applicants will hear if they have been called for interview by Thursday 21 June. Selection interviews will take place on Thursday 28 June in Dumfries. Applicants will hear if they have been successful by 5pm on Monday 2 July 2012. The residency will run from 28 September to 7 October 2012, with the artist expected to be present in the studio to talk to visitors about their work for an agreed amount of time during the festival itself. The artist will then be expected to present their artwork in Wigtown during Spring Fling 2013 (dates TBC). Opening hours for this would be 10.30am to 5.30pm daily, with an option to open until 7pm on one evening. The artist must vacate their accommodation on 7 October 2012 and their allocated studio space by the end of 7 October 2012. Similar conditions will apply to their Spring Fling accommodation and studio space. FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like any more information about the residency, Spring Fling or Wigtown Book Festival please contact the Spring Fling Manager, Leah Black on 01387 213 218 or leah@spring- fling.co.uk