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SSW’s AiR programme is for artists wishing to spend a month or more working on the development of their practice – whether this is for production, research or experimentation. The programme runs over Summer, and within the calendar month. Artists must stay for at least one month (four weeks), but are able to apply for up to two months.

In each month there are approx. four artists in this programme, which runs alongside SSW projects and Open Access. Whilst being focused on self-directed practice , the AiR programme also celebrates artist exchange and follows a loose structure of group work and activities to encourage discourse between residents; group breakfasts/ lunches, introductory presentations, studio visits, film and sauna nights. Residents are given the freedom to work in an open environment, and to share dialogues with both peers and staff. A Public Talks Programme and an Artist-led activity: Exchange Programme also run alongside the AiR programme, and create further opportunity for exchange with SSW’s wider communities.

As artists are living and working on site, with few distractions, we encourage you to make the most of the time you have here. Artists wishing to use workshop processes in ceramics and metal casting need to make sure they have a framework in place, ensuring all work can be completed in time. At the beginning of your residency we encourage you to speak to the SSW technical team to help you with your schedule, and in clarifying any processes or techniques you are unsure of. Contact with the team prior to arrival is also encouraged, especially if you have a specific production project in mind.


Duration: one to two months

AiR 1: 8th May – 5th June
AiR 2: 12th June -10th July
AiR 3: 31st July – 28th August
AiR 4: 4th September – 2nd October
Please state your availability on your Application Cover Form.

Criteria: a clear reason for attending SSW, demonstrating an understanding and response to the location, critical programme and/or facilities

Eligibility: open to all practicing artists and creative practitioners

Cost to Artist: £560 per 4 week residency.

Application Deadline: Midnight 20th March 2017.

  •  AiR Application Cover Form
  • A cover letter stating your intent and reasons for applying to the programme, demonstrating an understanding and response to the location, critical programme and/or facilities. (500 words max.)
  • A short statement regarding your practice. (250 words max.)
  • Up to date resume/CV
  • A digital portfolio (4 – 6 work samples, e.g. images, text samples or links to online content)

All supporting documentation should be within one PDF document no larger than 6MB.

Applications should be emailed to Yvonne Billimore, Programme Manager at arts@ssw.org.uk, and should have the title of the residency programme in the subject heading.

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