In 2020 Work/Leisure is invited emerging and mid-career artists to create new work. Over 80 proposals were submitted.
In its first iteration, Work/Leisure (2016), delivered 5 short-term, non-prescriptive artist residencies designed to enable artists to research and develop new work in the historically and culturally unique location of Blackpool.
This time, things are different because the world is different. This new iteration of Work/Leisure occurs at a time to global pandemic, social distancing, restricted travel, remote working, and civil unrest and has been made possible through the support of Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Funding.
This support has allowed Abingdon Studios to continue its work in support artists in Blackpool and through Work/Leisure we hope to support artists beyond the town boundary to develop new work.
Work/Leisure’s first iteration (2016) sought to address Blackpool as a site where ‘work’ and ‘leisure’ are intricately linked. This second iteration occurs at a time when boundaries between location, space and time have softened and the borders between work and leisure, space and time are harder to map.