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Thursday 12.09.2019

VARC is now inviting submissions for 5 funded artist in residence positions

Highgreen, Tarset, Northumberland, UK

ENTWINED: Rural. Land. Lives. Art.
Visual Arts in Rural Communities


Deadline 11th October 2019 Submissions via CuratorSpace only Visit VARC website for further details


The Old Stables
NE48 1RP
United Kingdom

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ENTWINED: Rural. Land. Lives. Art. is a multi-partner two-year project comprising 6 mixed length artist residencies. With an engagement programme of workshops, open days and sharing days the programme will culminate in 2021 with an exhibition and a publication.

Through the artists' practice, different aspects of what makes a 'place' will be explored and the interconnectedness of rural land and rural lives revealed. Artists are open to respond to the theme in the broadest sense and can be working in any media. The residencies are based in a number of venues in the community of Tarset and North Tyne as well as at VARC. For details about each of the residencies and to make a submission, please go to the VARC website

Year 1:

Based at VARC, Highgreen 10 months (June 2019 – April 2020). Artist Sam Douglas appointed and in residence.

Based at Kielderhead Wildwood Project (Northumberland Wildlife Trust) 1 month (April 2020)

Based at Unison Colour 1 month (May 2020)

Year 2:

Based at VARC, Highgreen 10 months (June 2020 – April 2021)

Based at Tarset Village Hall 1 month (May 2021)

Based at The Heritage Centre at Bellingham 1 month (June 2021)

Deadline for submissions is 11th October 2019.

VARC is pleased to be working in partnership with:

Unison Colour, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Tarset Village Hall, The Heritage Centre at Bellingham, Newcastle University (Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Centre for Rural Economy), Northumbria University (Visual Arts and Material Culture Research Group), Sunderland University (Walking, Art, Landskip and Knowledge Research Group), Northumberland County Council, Northumberland National Park, Art Circuit, Northumberland Archives, Natural History Society of Northumbria, Tarset Archive Group and Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust.

The project has been made possible thanks to Arts Council England National Lottery Funding , VARC and funding from partner organisations: Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Sunderland University, Northumberland County Council and Community Foundation Trust. Valuable in kind support has been offered from the other partner organisations.