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CREART Artist in Residence in Liverpool 2020

Liverpool City Council and Metal (‘The Organisers’) invite two artists from the CreArt Network  to work with Metal in Liverpool for one calendar month between 1st April – 30 April 2020


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 –Lituania
  • Lublin and Katowice –Poland
  • Aveiro – Poland
  • Skopje - North 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 their artistic career.


The organization will cover travel expenses to Liverpool (up to € 750) for artists from other CreArt cities. The artist 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.



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


*Metal 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)


* 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).

Background Information

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”.

About Metal:

Metal was founded in London in 2002 by Jude Kelly CBE, working with current Artistic Director and CEO, Colette Bailey since its inception. It has been active in Liverpool since 2004, in Southend-on-Sea since 2007 and in Peterborough since 2012. From these bases, Metal works to provide the catalyst that can transform the potential of people and places, exploring the impact of art and artists' practices on civic and civil society. Metal produces an exciting multidisciplinary programme of international and UK artists in residence and runs a wide range of events, exhibitions and participatory projects.

In Liverpool, Metal work out of Edge Hill Station, the world’s oldest active passenger railway station. Metal completed a major renovation of the previously empty, historic buildings in 2009. The original 1836 Engine House, Boiler Room and Accumulator Tower now serve as a cultural and creative hub for artists, the neighbourhood and wider city region, carrying on the building’s proud history of innovation, aspiration and technology.

Metal Liverpool's recent flagship projects have included the Turner Prize winning project Granby Workshop with artist collective Assemble, and the much-celebrated presentation of Different Trains with Steve Reich, London Contemporary Orchestra and filmmaker/artist Bill Morrison.


Aims of the residency:

Metal believe that artists can affect change in our society.  Over a 15-year history - bringing creative imagination and ideas to the Liverpool neighbourhoods of Edge Hill, Kensington, Wavertree and Toxteth - Metal has been acting as a catalyst for this change.  This is achieved through the support of artists - who have the desire to create social change and enable the participation of local people - to develop their practices and create work in association with local neighbourhoods.

As part of this residency Metal are working with Liverpool City Council (LCC) and CREART to recruit a visual artist who can evidence these characteristics. Metal and LCC will consider a broad range of visual art forms, including performative, digital and traditional types

Metal will host this artist in residence for 1 calendar month between 1st April 2020– 30th April 2020.

The artist will have access to:

  • Metal’s spaces at Edge Hill Station, studio/desk space, 50 seat engine room and upper engine room, a 23-seat performance/screening space, kitchen event space (with AGA stove), established kitchen and garden
  • Redeveloped railway arches, an outdoor making and growing space
  • Nurturing supportive environment
  • Metal’s community of studio and resident artists
  • Advice and support
  • Access to wider networks of expertise through Metal’s regional, national and international networks
  • All costs of space met – i.e. light / heat / water / broadband etc
  • Access to Liverpool’s thriving cultural scene and vibrant neighbourhoods

As part of the residency period Metal would like to the artist to present publicly on their practice, previous projects and findings from their residency in Liverpool, as part of Metal’s quarterly event series Future Station.



  • 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). This statement should outline:
  • Why they would like to come into residence (do you have a desire to create social change?)
    • Experience of enabling the participation of communities in the creation of artwork/projects
    • Proposal for activity and final dissemination at end of project.
    • Confirmation of Dates available


Only applications with complete information will be accepted. It must be submitted before 13 January 2020. We will inform all participants by 30 January 2020, and the selected artists 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 Metal as part of the CreArt. Network of Cities for Artistic Creation, project co-funded by the European Union.


Applications will be considered by Culture Liverpool and Metal curators.

Successful applicants will be informed by 30 January 2020.

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