Open call: Room to to anything you like (Culture Collective Residency)

Closing date 13 September 2021

Open Call: Room to do anything you like

Artist in Residence (Culture Collective)

Deadline for expressions of interest: 13 September 11pm

Deadline for applications: 27 September

Eligibility: Artists must be based in Scotland and outside of full-time education

Fee: £18,380

The fee is equivalent to six months, full-time, but we welcome proposals for how to spend that time over an 18-month period

Production budget: Up to £10,000 (in agreement with Deveron Projects)

Other resources: Accommodation will be provided in kind for residents and collaborators.


We’re looking for artists based in Scotland to work with us over the next 18 months to explore a project of their choice, in the context of our organisation and our unique context. The artist(s) should have a keen interest in socially engaged art and community engaged arts practice. That’s it. That’s basically the brief.


As part of the Culture Collective programme, Deveron Projects is inviting artists based in Scotland to work with us from 2021-23 through three open calls: Room to Fail; Room to Grow; Room to do anything you like (this call). The Culture Collective is a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference both locally and nationally.

This is an open brief, inviting artists to propose a new project of their choice. We welcome artists from all practices, but projects must be possible within our curatorial framework of The Town is the Venue.

The Town is the Venue describes the method in which we work and contribute to the social wellbeing of our town. We inhabit, explore, map and activate the place through artist driven projects. Since 1995, we have connected over 100 artists from all over the world with local people and their clubs, choirs, shops, schools, churches, bars and discos.

With no dedicated presentation space, we place ourselves directly in the town. Community engagement is not auxiliary to our practice, but inherent in the way we work. As an organisation, we are constantly trying to find ways to engage our communities that are not disruptive. We are particularly interested in developing co-programming methods with our community in the work that we do.

Our proximity to our community positions us well for meaningful, socially engaged work. Our commitment to social engagement stems from botanist-turned-town planner Patrick Geddes’ maxim of think global, act local. This has become our mantra for creating a socially engaged arts organisation that cares deeply about the wellbeing of Huntly while simultaneously embracing internationalism. We use the creative force of artists working with our community to regenerate our culture, change how we act and take ownership of our future with a diverse and active range of partners— locally, regionally, and internationally.

This call has a two-stage application process. In the first phase, we’re looking for a simple proposal that outlines your project or a topic/set of questions/aims you’d like to explore; information on your practice; a suggested timeline. Alongside the fee, we have a production budget of approximately £10,000, which could include partner fees. We encourage partnership working where relevant.


We are inviting expressions of interest in this call, prior to a full application. In the next stage, we’ll invite artists/collectives to submit a full application, offering a fee of £250 to each applicant.

In your expression of interest, please include:

–           Approximately one page outlining your project or what you would like to explore through this project; and information on your practice with reference to previous work (via a link(s) or portfolio)

–          A proposed schedule (this could be a 6-month, full-time residency, or any alternative arrangement for that amount of time. We welcome some remote working but please note that presence in Huntly is important.)

Applications can also be made as a video or audio recording.  Expressions of interest should be sent to Natalia at [email protected]. If you’d like to discuss this opportunity please email Natalia or call 01466 794 494.

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