Longhouse ((UK) : Call For Expressions of Interest for Action Research Bursary 2008

Longhouse is a programme of work dedicated to the professional development of artists working in the West Midlands Region (Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire).

The Action Research Bursary offers West Midlands based artists the opportunity to develop their own practice in the public realm through a dedicated period of action research. The bursary provides artists with the time and space to reflect on and discover new contexts of work within their own practice.

Longhouse does not define or set an object-based outcome for the Action Research project but ?public realm? and the themes of ?People, Identity and Place? must be integrated and central to the action research proposal. The outcomes of the project are set by the artist but must be agreed beforehand with Longhouse in accordance with the overall objectives and outputs of the programme (see below). It is important the process of research and development is clearly articulated and documented for the purposes of reporting and evaluation.

Project Objectives

  • To pro-actively undertake a period of research around the themes of People, Identity and Place.

  • To discover new contexts of working in the public realm.

  • To explore how the artists? practice can impact on the public realm, from communities to environments.

  • To stimulate new relationships and networks between artists, participants, partners and stakeholders.

Project Outputs

  • A period of research and development managed and budgeted by the artist with support from Longhouse.

  • A minimum of three reports (including images) outlining your progress.

  • A final written statement and a minimum of two visual illustrations for the purposes of the Longhouse website and an Artist Action Research publication.

  • A debrief forum to be attended by all artists in order to review the action research programme and record the impact the bursary has had on your professional development.

Notes to the artist

The period of action research must be complete before the end of March 2009 and each artist is required to agree their project schedule with Longhouse beforehand.

Artists wishing to work with specific communities are responsible for finding the participants they require. Longhouse requires artists to seek the permission of any project participants in regards to the artist using their image, voice or work.

Payment details

The total fee is £2500.00 (inclusive of all materials, expenses and VAT).

To Apply

Applicants are requested to include the following

  • Recent CV with full address and contact details (no longer than two A4 sides)

  • Up to 4 printed or digital images of your work

  • Expression of Interest (maximum 1000 words) outlining your action research proposal based around the themes of People, Identity and Place. This should include your thoughts on how this commission will impact on you and your practice.

Deadline: 2nd June 2008

Both post and email applications will be accepted.

To be sent to:

Karl Greenwood


1 Overend Street

West Bromwich

B70 6EY

Email to: karlgreenwood@multistory.org.uk