Open Call for Residency at Stryx, Birmingham

Stryx’s residency programme, SOUP, awards emerging artists in the West Midlands the opportunity to work for 3 months in the culturally thriving heart of Birmingham, Digbeth and 1-2 weeks at Asylum Gallery in Wolverhampton.

The residency grants artists with uninterrupted time and space to develop projects, as well as having the opportunity to expand into a wider artistic community across the West Midlands.

SOUP residency is intended for emerging artists who would benefit from creating work amongst other artists of varying disciplines and specialisms.

Selected artists will be based at Stryx for 3 months producing a group exhibition in June 2020. They will then engage with individual development activities at Asylum Gallery, producing a solo exhibition each between July and August 2020.

There will be a grant available to artists involved*

See documentation from the BLENDER: Soup ptV 2019 residency here

Residency Includes

· 24/7Access to large, shared studio space
· AV / Darkroom
· Mentoring (curatorial and artistic based)
· Workshops
· Participation in 3 group and 1 solo show

Residency Requirements

The artists have to commit to working at least:
- 12h in March 2020 to attend induction and training days
- 15h per week throughout April and May 2020 at Stryx Project Space to produce new work
- 15h at Asylum Gallery (July or August 2020) to participate in mentoring and production of a solo exhibition

The artists will be required to prepare a talk to be presented at the end of their residency at Stryx and at Asylum Gallery.

The artists will have to design and deliver an educational art workshop based on their practice.

There will be four scheduled events showcasing the work of chosen artists, including three Digbeth First Friday events - April 2020 – introductory event, May 2020 mid-residency open studio, June 2020 - closing group exhibition at Stryx and a solo show at Asylum in July or August 2020.

There is no commitment to produce a final piece of work, but the artists will have to be able to display the progression of their work in some form during the open to public events.

Application Process

Artists will be selected on the strength of their individual proposal, their portfolio, and must show a clear interest in collaborating and collective decision making.

You should have a clearly defined project in mind that you would like to work on. Proposals for projects can be at any stage, from new work to projects that are soon to be realised, and should display or suggest possible interdisciplinary opportunities.

Please send your application to

Deadline for submission is 31st August 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 5th September 2019.

To Apply

Please provide the following information:
· Current CV in PDF format
· Project Proposal (max. 500 words)
· Artist Statement
· 5 JPEGS in PDF format OR 5 minute showreel (link to vimeo/youtube/soundcloud)
· Link to website/online portfolio

For more information or help please contact with 'SOUPptVI artist application’ in the title

* Subject to successful funding bid
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