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Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Te Tuhi UK Residency Award 2020

Jaume Plensa, Wilsis, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde
Te Tuhi

Job details

Te Tuhi
31 May 2020
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Visual Arts


Te Tuhi is delighted to announce the return of this incredible opportunity for 2020 for a New Zealand visual artist, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park and with the generous support of philanthropists Sigrid and Stephen Kirk.

For over 40 years, artist residencies have been at the heart of Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP). Last year YSP worked with partner Te Tuhi in Auckland, New Zealand to select artist Darcell Apelu as the Park’s first recipient of the New Zealand-UK Residency Award, and celebrated the opportunity to work with an artist from the country for the first time.

Building on this successful partnership and programme, YSP is offering another placement for an artist from New Zealand to stay on-site at YSP for up to four weeks in autumn 2020. Supported by philanthropists Sigrid and Stephen Kirk, the residency will comprise 3-4 weeks at YSP and include: hospitality and accommodation; access to metal and wood workshops, and basic studio space with a material budget of £500; curator critique feedback and up to half a day technical support; economy international airfare (up to the value £1500); internal UK travel expenses (up to £200) and artist stipend (£2000). YSP is 2 hours by train from London King’s Cross and we understand the importance of the capital city to any aspiring artist. As part of the residency, its benefactors generously offer use of a guest suite at their home in central London for up to 10 days.

The successful artist is not required to make an object or exhibition, but they will receive curatorial and technical advice if required. We are keen to support artists who have not yet developed a mainstream career and for whom this is likely to be their first working visit to the UK.

Important update
Te Tuhi and YSP are carefully monitoring the Covid-19 situation on a day-to-day basis. Our first concern is for the health and well-being of our community and all with whom we come in contact. Given the current situation worldwide, Te Tuhi and YSP will be flexible in setting the dates for the 2020 residency. The successful applicant may undertake the 3-4 week residency in 2020/2021, the exact period of which will be negotiated at a later date. We encourage all those considering making an application to go ahead and do so with this update in mind. Te Tuhi will continue to communicate as early as possible any changes to the conditions of this opportunity. 

To apply
If this is of interest to you, please submit a PDF of no more than 5 pages including a short statement on your current practice with images of your work, and a simple outline of your plans if you were to be offered the residency. This proposal does not have to be definitive and can change during the course of the residency. Applications should be submitted to exhibitions@tetuhi.art by 5pm, Sunday 31 May 2020. Shortlisting and Skype interviews will take place in June.

As a Registered Sponsor for Migrant Workers in the UK, YSP is required to follow a strict procedure to ensure correct visa paperwork is in place for all visiting artists. In advance of the residency, the recipient will need to apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Visa, with YSP as a sponsor.

About YSP
Attracting over 500,000 visitors annually, YSP is an internationally renowned museum for modern and contemporary sculpture, presenting work by some of the world’s most extraordinary artists in over 500 acres of 18th century parkland and six galleries. In addition to a world-class exhibitions programme, displays from the collection, and support for artists through residencies, YSP engages with over 45,000 people each year through its diverse Learning and Engagement programmes, including work with families, pre-school children, post-graduate students, people with dementia, and hard to reach young people. For more information about YSP visit ysp.org.uk or email curators@ysp.org.uk

About Te Tuhi
Te Tuhi is one of New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art organisations, known for commissioning ambitious new works by a diverse selection of artists. Te Tuhi is renowned for supporting curatorial research resulting in exhibitions that are locally engaged, regionally responsive and internationally ambitious with a strong awareness of social, political and environmental issues. Te Tuhi also leads the field in delivering a strong programme of community engagement through its classes and events programmes. For more information about Te Tuhi visit tetuhi.art or email info@tetuhi.art

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Te Tuhi

9 Mar 2020