When is a residency not a residency? What does an artist-shaped space look like? What questions does an organisation need to address before inviting an artist to work with it?

engage is looking to answer these and other questions in the next issue of its Journal publication and is currently inviting contributions.

The issue will have a particular focus on residencies and public commission projects, and engage wants to hear from artists and others about the challenges faced when artists and organisations work together, and about the shifting focus of such projects.

With residencies and commissions increasingly becoming part of the participation remits of organisations, and artists expected to work with or collaborate with particular audiences as part of the brief, the research will investigate the demands such requirements place on those involved.

The issue will also focus on how hosting and commissioning artists relates to the work of gallery educators – engage’s core membership. It will highlight the respective skills that learning and curatorial professionals provide in supporting artists, while also defining the role played by other sectors such as health, social care, regeneration and criminal justice.

Initial submissions should take the form of a 300 word informal proposal, emailed to engage by 1 September 2015. For full details see engage.org

More on a-n.co.uk

Practical guide: Associate programmes for artists: Dany Louise reports on what associate programmes offer within the broad landscape of artists’ professional development?

Exeter’s new artist-led residency: “A Petri dish for creating cultures”

Residency for not making art: “People had trouble understanding it at first”

John Jones residency: “Research into new directions”

Residency blogs

Tiffany Robinson: Kingley Vale – the road to the interior

Joseph Young and J Kay Aplin: In a Shetland Landscape

Kirsty Harris: Experimental Studio Residency

Nicola Saunderson: Stiwdio Maelor Residency

Eleanor MacFarlane: Covert Artist in Residence

Emma Starkey: AirSpace Gallery Stoke

Cindy Robinson-Begg: Cold Keld

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