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CreArt Artist in Residence in Liverpool 2018

Liverpool City Council and the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool  (‘The Organisers’) invites two artists from the CreArt Network  to work at the Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool for one calendar month between 15th February  and 15th March  2018.


There are two spaces available in this round.  Artists should be born or resident – in any of the cities taking part in “CreArt. Network of Cities for Artistic Creation” .These are: Valladolid – Spain; Genoa and Lecce – Italy; Clermont - Ferrand and Rouen France; Zagreb – Croatia; Kaunas –Lithuania; Lublin and Katowice –Poland; Aveiro – Poland; Skopje – Macedonia. Preference is given to works with a wide variety and diversity from all fields of visual arts. There is no age limitation, however it is preferable to have a degree in a field of art (university level). If the applicant does not have a university degree, proof of equivalent ability must be provided through his or her artistic career.


The organization will cover travel expenses to Liverpool (up to € 750) for artists from other CreArt cities. They will receive € 1,000, for subsistence costs, production of works and other expenses, in two payments: the first part on arrival in Liverpool and the second payment once the project has been delivered. Artists must have a European health card or equivalent.


Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, Bluecoat showcases talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature. As the most historic building in Liverpool’s city centre, Bluecoat has four galleries. It houses a creative community of artists and businesses and runs a participation programme with local communities. More info:


Artists from other CreArt cities will stay in a residence selected by the Organization and will cover accommodation and breakfast


*LCC and Bluecoat will introduce the CreArt artist to the local artists’ community (in informal meetings, etc., where the artist will have the opportunity to present his/her work and art)

* The artist will have open days for visitors

LCC and Bluecoat will make a final public presentation of the artworks created during the residency and a publication about the AiR will be edited.

* Artists commit to attend daily and work in the residence.

* At the end of the residency, the artists should prepare a final report. After the delivery of this report, the second payment will be made. The artist will have one month to forward the report. This will include: title, project description, objectives and graphic dossier (minimum of 10 pages).


  • The following attached documentation is required in one document PDF:
  • ID or passport (scanned copy);
  • A short version of your resume/CV (one side of A4)
  • Documentation material recent and related to the project (maximum 5 pages and 5 pictures. You can include links);
  • A short written project proposal (one side of A4).
  • Confirmation of Dates available

Only applications with complete information will be accepted. It must be submitted before 28 December 2017. We will inform all participants after 8 January 2018, and the shortlist will be published in the CreArt website.  The organiser’s decision is final and there is no appeal process.

The Participation in this call implies the acceptance of these conditions, and the artist selected should include then in their CV and in all future communications (press, digital media), that they have been selected to participate in the CreArt Artist in Residence program at Bluecoat Arts Centre Liverpool as part of the CreArt. Network of Cities for Artistic Creation, project co-funded by the European Union.


Culture Liverpool – Liverpool City Council

Culture Liverpool was established after the resounding success of 2008, in which the City of Liverpool delivered the most successful European Capital of Culture year to date.

Since then our aim has been to continually build upon this success through championing culture across the Liverpool City Region through all of our services and sub-brands, all of which are listed here.

As Liverpool City Council’s cultural service, we have continued to build on our world class reputation, using culture as the driving force for the regeneration of the whole city.

The City’s determination to build its brand on an international stage is constantly gathering pace and we invite you to join us on this journey and fulfil the huge potential of Liverpool – “The World in One City”.

Bluecoat Arts Centre

Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, Bluecoat showcases talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature.

As the most historic building in Liverpool’s city centre, Bluecoat has four galleries. It houses a creative community of artists and businesses and runs a participation programme with local communities.

In March 2008, the revered arts centre re-opened after a £14 million re-development by Rotterdam architects Biq Architecten with a stronger mission than ever to engage, innovate and excel.

Bluecoat believes everyone can craft and be creative and it is our aim to provide a space where creativity can flourish and be shared.

Bluecoat provides a creative hub for people to meet, talk, work, perform, question, create, craft, display and enjoy themselves.  And a relaxing garden situated at the rear provides the ideal location to enjoy a beer, wine or soft drink in the summer. Bluecoat also has Explore, a set of free family craft activities taking place over the weekend.

Dating from the early 18th century, the building’s architectural importance is illuminated by its UNESCO world heritage and Grade One listed status.

Bluecoat has a rich artistic history. Augustus John was associated with Bluecoat and early exhibitions included the first Post Impressionists show, which came to Liverpool in 1911 following an earlier showing in London organised by critic Roger Fry. It featured works by Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Gauguin, exhibiting alongside British artists for the first time.

The building has an equally distinguished history in the performing arts, from visits by Stravinsky, Bartok and Britten, to leading jazz and rock players such as Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart and John Surman, to contemporary composers like Michael Nyman and Gavin Bryars, and dancer Michael Clark, or live literature from Doris Lessing, the Last Poets and Benjamin Zephania.

Yoko Ono had her first paid performance at Bluecoat in 1967, around the time that she met John Lennon. We were delighted when Yoko returned to the new performance space in 2008 for a special performance to celebrate the reopening of the building.

Bluecoat is now home to over 30 creative industries including artists, graphic designers, small arts organisations, craftspeople and retailers. Many of these are situated in the areas of the building which are not open to the public. Our longest standing occupier is Bluecoat Display Centre which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009 and sells the best in UK crafts.

The recent redevelopment, completed in 2008, saw the south east wing rebuilt however into a purpose built arts wing complete with four galleries hosting contemporary art created by international, national and local artists with the exhibitions changing approximately every two to three months.

Despite hosting such luminaries such as the fore mentioned Van Gogh and Picasso the building’screative heritage is not just about major figures. Many artists have presented their work here at an early stage in their career, including several, for instance, who went on to win the Turner Prize, whilst literally hundreds of artists and creative organisations have been supported in different ways at Bluecoat. Many more individuals have acknowledged a connection to the building, including George Melly, brought as a child to Sandon fancy dress parties, and Simon Rattle who came here for violin lessons.

With the new arts wing, reorganisation of interior spaces and access improvements, this represents the most significant change in Bluecoat’s long history. Alongside the physical changes to the building, Bluecoat now offers a different experience for people who use and visit the building to engage with art. Creativity, from production to consumption, will be at the heart of everything you experience at Bluecoat. Support from Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, North West Regional Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund, and from trusts, foundations and donors, has enabled Bluecoat to transform itself into a building ready to face and survive the next 300 years.

Bluecoat is an arts venue that has built a substantial reputation for the work it has done and the way it has always changed to be the role model for its time.


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