Stanmer Park, Brighton, UK
From Autumn 2019 we’re hosting a small number of one or two day outdoor weekend residencies. These micro-residencies will take place in our woodland space in Stanmer Park near Brighton.
We are undertaking this work to further develop the emergent Commonplace community and network and see the micro-residencies as a means to provide a small amount of space and time for people who would benefit from time away from their day to day work and/or practice for ideas generation, practice or project development, contemplation, silence or new conversations. Or indeed, they could act as a means of confronting anxiety or uncertainty. Either way, they can serve as a temporary action or even inaction zone; a space for reflecting, noticing, taking stock, planning, creating, giving or resetting.
The residency will, by its nature and setting, encourage people to make do with fewer resources. There’s no electricity onsite so it’s probably best to come laptop free. In fact, the site has no conventional amenities whatsoever although there are toilets and a cafe within a 10 minute walk. And we do have some camping stools. The weather may be cold so wearing warm and waterproof clothing and shoes is advisable.
We ask people to take the practicalities of the site into consideration when making their application and to be aware that it is a 25 minute walk through parkland from the nearest train station at Falmer. In short, it is likely to appeal to people who are comfortable being outdoors in all weather types, who are happy to work independently and who will value being outdoors and unplugged. One of the Commonplace team will walk with you to the site.
In addition to the mico-residencies themselves, we plan to host a Residencies Re-group. This will be a ‘show and tell’ event where residency participants will come together to share their experiences with the possibility that some or all of this event will be open to other people.
We encourage applications from people who are interested in notions of environmental attunement, in the widest sense. We have no desire to be prescriptive so the following list of notions should be read as potential approaches rather than tight constraints:
Traces and atmospheres
Space, skills, knowledge, networks
Currencies for the now
We are water
Strategies for environmental wellbeing
In it together
Who might wish to apply
We would envisage that artists, writers, cultural workers, creatives, researchers from any discipline, social, health or third sector workers. We encourage people to apply who may be at the start of their careers right through to those who are retired. If you don’t fit any of these boxes and you’re interested in the residency, do still feel free to apply. We will accept applications from individuals or small groups (up to three people).
As these are unfunded micro-residencies, we do not expect any particular outputs, however what we would ask is for residency holders to choose a means by which to leave us a trace of their work; a small document of some kind. This could take the form of a short blog piece, a short paper, poem, piece of fiction, image(s) sound recording or other.
We will publish your outputs either online or in the form of a downloadable small publication.
How to apply
Please write a short, focussed letter of application (max 250 words), telling us why you wish to undertake a micro-residency, how your proposal relates to the overarching residency programme theme and what you might wish to do in your time. Please attach a short biog or short c.v.
Please also state at the time of application which dates you can and cannot attend and whether you would prefer to do a one or a two-day residency.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that we work on Commonplace sporadically so we would be most appreciative if you keep queries to a minimum. We hope everything you need to know is contained in the briefing document text here.
We will be making our decisions based on your approach to the residency programme theme. Priority will be given to those who are able to join the Residency Regroup event in Q1 2020 so do please ensure you can join us then before you apply. We plan to notify applicants of the outcome within two weeks of receiving the application.
Residencies re-group dates
Deadline for applications
Costs / Fees
There will be no cost to attend the residencies
Commonplace are unable to offer a fee or reimburse any costs.
Things to note about the site
Commonplace’s site in Stanmer Park is a wooded, semi-public space. There is no electricity. There are no toilets on the immediate site but some are available til 5pm adjacent to the tea room. Apart from trees and wildlife there is nothing much on site, infrastructurally, apart from the ground under your feet. So do please come prepared.