Writer & Artist in Residence

We have opportunities for UK-based writers and artists to become Wealden Festival’s Writer in Residence and Artist in Residence for next year’s Festival which takes places over 27 & 28 June 2020.

The residency would suit a writer/artist at any stage of their career who is interested in responding creatively to the theme of the Festival and its setting at Boldshaves Garden.

In previous years, the Festival has welcomed poets, writers and artists whose work is concerned about place and the natural world. It has provided an opportunity for writers/artists of various backgrounds to reflect upon the subject matter of the Festival, which is rooted in a sense of place and the relationship between us and the natural world, to contribute to the Festival programme and meet other writers and artists taking part.

We are happy to be guided by the applicant in terms of what they want to achieve creatively, but as an illustration, previous applicants have created original work during the course of their residency and conducted workshops during the course of the Festival itself.  Whilst in previous years the writer/artist in residence has often attended the Festival site for inspiration in the build up to the Festival, this is not obligatory (for example, if it would not be practical for logistical reasons).

What’s included in the residency:

  • Entrance to the entire programme of events at Wealden Festival 2020
  • Travel expenses (up to £100)
  • Negotiable fees paid to the artist directly (this is negotiable depending on what the artist wishes to achieve from the residency)
  • Full board accommodation at Boldshaves for 26 and 27 June 2020

The Brief

The residency is an opportunity to engage creatively with the subject matter of the Festival and to contribute to the programme of talks, worskhops and activities taking place over the course of the Festival weekend. The writer/applicant will, if desired, also be given the time and space to produce original work in any genre.

Applications and selection

Applications and expressions of interest should be sent to [email protected] by 5 January 2020.

Applications should include:

  • A short biography with links to examples of work
  • Succinct answers to the following questions:
    • Why are you applying for this residency and how will it benefit your work?
    • How would you intend to contribute to the Festival programme through the residency?

Selection will be made by the Festival committee based on the application received. We intend to announce the writer/artist in residence for 2020 in early January next year.