The Random String Fellowship programme is a unique opportunity for artists and creative practitioners from any discipline who are interested in embarking on their first technology-focused creative enquiry. Ludic Rooms is offering a package of support from November 2018 to March 2019 to enable practising artists to play, learn and develop ideas for new work using interactive technology.
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The Random String Fellowship programme is a unique opportunity for artists and creatives from any discipline, including visual arts, music, literature and performing arts, who are interested in embarking on their first technology-focused creative enquiry. Ludic Rooms...read more
What fellows receive
A 2-day residential to provide an intensive introduction
1-1 time with a Mentor to give training and support
Group technical training workshops
Go & See trips
Attendance and presence at the Random String Festival, Coventry 16-18 November
A final sharing of work-in-progress for commissioners & curators
Unfortunately the deadline for applications has now passed.
What is your definition of a practising artist or practitioner?
For the purposes of this Fellowship, we would say that a practising artist or practitioner is someone who spends most of their time making creative outputs and earns the majority of their income from work related to their art practice. Your work will have developed over time and have achieved a public presence. You will have produced an independent body of work in a professional context over a period of at least 3 years. You could also demonstrate this by support from a professional linked to your sector; a producer, curator, gallery owner/art dealer, or membership of professional body.
If you’re not sure, apply anyway and we will make a judgement.
Can artists that work with technology apply for this Fellowship?
If you’re currently make work that is technology focused then you won’t be eligible. This Fellowship offers an introduction into using interactive tech and therefore we are looking for practitioners that don’t routinely explore technology in their work. If, for example, your work ever involves writing code, you’ve exhibited work with screens or cameras, or things that make sound when you squeeze them, this might not be for you. Not sure? Get in touch, or just apply anyway.
I’ve used computers in my practice in the past, but haven’t recently. Am I eligible?
Yes if you haven’t in the last 3 years.
Can artists apply from anywhere in the UK?
Yes you can, as long as you are clear that meetings and mentoring sessions will probably take place within the West Midlands and that you will not receive any money for travel other than the £800 stipend.
Can F/T or P/T students apply?
Sorry, but this opportunity is not available to any students in full-time study.
I have a disability and would need additional support
No problem at all! We’re happy to help make all elements of the project fully accessible. Please get in touch if you’d like to talk through any specific requirements.
What kind of outcome do you expect me to produce at the final sharing?
You would only need to make a very simple presentation of your work-in-progress and learning through the Fellowship at this sharing. However, as you will be presenting to an audience of producers and commissioners, you may want to give some thought about ways in which you would like to develop the work and the kinds of contexts that you might show the work.
Any other questions about the Fellowship?
Join our webinar on Tuesday 2 October 12.00pm where you can ask questions about the Fellowship programme and the application process.
Past RS Fellows...
Denise Stanton, Contemporary Craft
Fliss Quick, Fine Arts / Jeweller
Jon Williams, Ceramics
Julia O’Connell, Textiles / Theatre
Mark Worth & Sarah Worth, Physical Theatre
Nikki Smedley, Spoken Word
Anna Francis, Fine Art
David Armes, Print
Jamaal Burkmar, Dance
Jo Roberts, Visual Arts / Print
Nicola Richardson, Costume / Design
Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros, Dance
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