OPEN CALL 2020 (NOW CLOSED)

Work/Leisure is inviting emerging and mid-career artists, living and working in the UK/Europe, to create new work in 2020.

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 funding has allowed Abingdon Studios to continue its work supporting 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.

Work/Leisure is is a project developed by Abingdon Studios Ltd and coordinated by Abingdon Studio directors, Garth Gratrix and Tom Ireland.


Applications for Work/Leisure are now open.

The deadline for applications is Monday 17th August 2020, 5pm (GMT). Applications received after this time will not be considered. Applications should be sent to workleisureresidency@gmail.com with the subject heading; LastName_FirstName_Work/Leisure_2020

For further information regarding Work/Leisure please contact workleisureresidency@gmail.com.

Application information can be found here.