Press Release

FORMAT Festival & Synapse Arts Residency: Call for Proposals!

Mon 12th November, 2012 @ 11:07am by format

FORMAT Festival & Synapse Arts Residency: Call for Proposals!

Get involved with this exciting residency opportunity with FORMAT and Synapse Arts

The Residency Brief
FORMAT Festival and Synapse Arts wish to invite emerging artists, photographers and arts practitioners, to submit proposals for a unique opportunity to work with, research and re-contextualise a selection of photographic archives, in particular the collection at The Silk Mill, Derby. The residency will explore the Industrial heritage of Derby and Derbyshire – in relation to FACTORY, the main theme of FORMAT13 – and will aim to provide an opportunity to create work and generate new ideas by using the archives as a basis for the content. Access to the archive collection at the Local Studies Library, Derby, Derwent Valley Mills’ World Heritage Site and Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock can also be arranged for the selected artist.

This residency opportunity is supported by a £600 bursary, free five month studio space and the use of facilities at Banks’ Mill Studios. The resulting work from the residency will be presented in some form during FORMAT13 Festival (8th March – 7th April 2013). The main theme of FORMAT13 will centre on the FACTORY and mass production. This can be understood literally and creatively in terms of process and the transformation of material, live site of production, the products, workers, analogue process, and documentary and so on. For more info, please visit:

Call for Proposals
We are inviting proposals from artists and makers wishing to take up this residency opportunity. We welcome applicants working in any art form including sculptors, visual artists, makers, musicians, writers and performers who can create work within the framework of a photography festival. We would strongly encourage applicants to use the / as a basis for their proposal.

The residency will include:

  • Artists’ bursary of £600
  • Research time at The Silk Mill & Local Studies Library, Derby
  • Inclusion of work from the residency during FORMAT13 Festival (March 2013)
  • Artist talk during FORMAT13 Festival
  • Studio space at Banks’ Mill, Derby for five months (artists are asked to pay a refundable deposit of £190 and electrical charges)
  • Artist blog with A-N
  • Mentoring
  • Presentation at Synapse symposium 2013

Application Process
If you wish to be considered for this opportunity please supply a written proposal (max. 1 side of A4); samples of your work and/ or up to five images; a current CV detailing your experience; an artist statement, and details of two referees. Please also state if you have workshop or teaching experience.


Deadline: please send your submissions to reach us by Friday 16th November 2012

Residency will start from the end of November 2012 at Banks’ Mill Studios, Derby and culminate at the end of April 2013.

Application Information

For more information on this fantastic oppotunity from FORMAT and Synapse Arts and information on how to submit please visit our website ( and download the application form provided. Good Luck!


No comments yet... why not be the first?

Leave a comment