2015 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

The Glenfiddich Artists in Residence program offers Canadian artists a $20,000 residency prize, a chance to collaborate with other celebrated international artists, and the opportunity to live and work at The Glenfiddich Distillery in Scotland. We annually host a small group of visual artists from around the globe, who work in a diverse array of media from print and photography to animation, performance and installation. The historic setting, deep in Scotland’s highlands has inspired Canadian artists in the creation of original art work for over a decade.
Submissions are open for the 2015 Artists in Residence Prize as of November 26, 2014 and must be received by midnight eastern standard time, January 31, 2015. Applicants will be shortlisted for jury consideration based on their completion of application. Candidates for The Artists in Residence Prize are requested to submit a proposal outlining how they would like to use their residency.
Who: Established artists currently living and working in Canada. Collaborative
partnerships are welcomed however the total reward and production budget remains
as is for individual artists.
Where: The Glenfiddich Distillery is located in Dufftown, Scotland. Dufftown has a
population of around 2000, and is situated in the beautiful Speyside and Highland
countryside. The nearest shopping town is Elgin, nearly 30 minutes away, and is
reached by an hourly bus service. The nearest train station is Keith, which is 20
minutes away by car/taxi.
Duration: Three months in 2015, to be taken sometime between April 1, 2015 and October, 2015. Artists who wish to do so can extend their stay for longer than the three month period upon agreement with the program manager/curator.
Exhibitions: Exhibitions/installations or performance projects of new or ‘in progress’ work will be planned during the residency program. Details will be confirmed upon the arrival of the artists.
Work: During the residency, artists are to use their time at the distillery and the freedom it offers to create work which meets the aims of the art program as outlined above. This could manifest itself through any medium and be specifically influenced by the family history of Glenfiddich, the people and processes at the distillery or indeed some of the materials specific to the whole process such as copper, steam, water, malt and barrels. Equally valid would be the wider community in the local area or something from outside of the distillery environment. The artist will leave a piece of work, which is related to Glenfiddich, and, largely created during the residency. This will be arranged and agreed with the program manager/curator.
Community: An element of community involvement/education should be considered. The content and scale of this is left to the imagination of the artist and the program manager/curator.
Award: £1400 (approx. $2,500 CAD) per month for up to three months, totalling to £4200 (approx. $7,500CAD), travel costs (set maximum), free all inclusive accommodation. A material allowance of up to £5800 (approx. $10,000CAD) is awarded on acceptance of project proposal.
Facilities: Accommodation is provided in a self contained house on the distillery site (to include studio space) for the period of the residency. Accommodation can be extended beyond the residency period at our discretion and on terms mutually agreed.
Candidates for The Artists in Residence prize are requested to outline how they would like to use their residency, what kind of work they envision creating, how they will be inspired by the distillery environment and possibilities that can be explored during the residency period; this could be anything from the accumulation of family heritage, the community of craftsmen who have worked there for decades and the materials they employ, or the artist’s wider personal development that will come over this inspiring three month period.
Artists in consideration for evaluation will be judged based on the submission of an outlined set of criteria including:
• A short project proposal
• Current CV
• Short artist statement
• 5 to 15 images or 3 minutes of video highlighting your artistic practice
• The supplied questionnaire
Proposal: Artists will provide a narrative description of 200 words describing potential projects and ideas, illustrating to the selection panel how the applicant thinks and works, residency expectations and work plan.
Questions to be considered: Why are you applying to the Glenfiddich Artist in
Residency, specifically? Why are you applying at this point in your career?
Biography: Artists will provide a narrative paragraph of 200 words highlighting career accomplishments as an artist including relevant education, awards, residencies, exhibitions, publications, projects, etc.
Statement: Artists will provide a 100 word narrative paragraph that describes applicant’s work and working practice in general. The statement will relate to the submitted Work Sample.
Work Sample: The artist will submit up to a minimum of 5 and maximum of 15 images, or 3 minutes of video. Total images size may not exceed 15 MB. Images may be submitted via a link to a data sharing platform (ie: Dropbox, We Transfer etc.) or through an html link
For more information about applying to this call, please click here.