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BALTIC Archive Artist’s Residency

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As BALTIC approaches its twentieth year, we are pleased to announce a new residency opportunity supporting an artist based in the UK to undertake a long-term residency engaging with BALTIC Archive during 2021–22.

The residency is open to artists working in the visual arts who have an interest in exploring archives, or archiving as a methodology, and would benefit from having the time and space to research and develop their practice through close engagement with an institutional archive.

BALTIC Archive chronicles BALTIC's history, exhibitions and events through physical items and digital documentation. The Archive houses documents, correspondence, images and video content from the pre-opening newsletter publications, floor plans and architectural information, press cuttings and printed materials, exhibition images and interpretation guides to video and audio recordings of critically engaged discussions, interviews with artists and documentation of live events and performances. Much of this material can be accessed online through the BALTIC+ digital archive. BALTIC Archive also contains an artists’ book collection and a zine collection.

This residency opportunity will enable in-depth research and professional development over a prolonged period, with support from BALTIC staff. Applicants are encouraged to respond to the original intention of BALTIC Archive to 'build a collective memory of its presence and activities' and to develop new work through critically engaging with the material that is present and what might be missing.

The residency is supported with a £5,000 fee and £2,000 travel and accommodation bursary, with access to BALTIC’s Artist’s Studio for a six-month period, and the Archive and Library onsite. The timeframe of the residency is flexible, and to be agreed depending on the research proposal and individual circumstances (we do not expect artists to spend six months onsite full-time).

During their residency, the selected artist is invited to share their research with the wider public through hosting an event as part of BALTIC’s Public Programme to coincide with our twentieth year celebrations in July 2022. The form of the event will be agreed with the artist.

Please submit an expression of interest outlining the research proposal you wish to develop during the residency.

Key information:

  • Fee: £5,000
  • Travel and accommodation bursary: £2,000 (BALTIC does not provide accommodation)
  • Dates: December 2021 – July 2022 (flexible)
  • Location: BALTIC, Gateshead and remotely

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 25 August 2021, 23:59

To apply, please prepare the following and upload to Submittable:

  • An expression of interest (500 words max.) explaining:
  • The research proposal you wish to develop during the residency
  • How this opportunity will benefit your practice
  • What interests you about working with BALTIC Archive
  • A CV or biography
  • Up to six images of your work or an video/audio extract (no longer than two minutes)

You can upload to Submittable here.

You can also send your application by post, please do not send original artwork, applications will not be returned:

BALTIC Archive Artist’s Residency
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays
South Shore Road
Gateshead NE8 3BA

Further to BALTIC's Equal Opportunities Statement here, your personal details from the Submittable form and your responses to the Equality Monitoring Questionnaire will not be seen by the shortlisting panel. This means we can make the selection based only on how the bursary will benefit your practice. In addition, we would ask that in your short statement and CV/biography, you do not include any personal information which identifies any personal characteristic, for example your age, title, name, e-mail address, home address, nationality details, immigration status, dates of examinations.


  • Artists must be based in the UK
  • Please note those in full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programmes are not eligible to apply. Post-doctoral researchers are eligible.
  • If you are not registered for tax as being self-employed you will be taxed at source.

Due to the expected high volume of applications, we are unable to give individual feedback.

Successful applicants only will be notified by Friday 10 September 2021.