No Matter How Strong exhibition launch –  19th September 2019

On Thursday 19th September we celebrated the first exhibition at Artcore’s new City Centre Space with work of artist’s Charlotte Cullen and Nisa Khan. They were the first artists in residence to use the new Artcore space, to research and make new work towards our two month No Matter How Strong Residency. Both used elemental and natural materials such as salt, mud, steel, and water, which flows and drips literally and figuratively through the exhibition. The evening was an amazing success as we had a brilliant turn out after inviting partners, local artists and organisations to the launch and there was great feedback from all.

The exhibition is open 11-5 Monday to Saturday until 1st October 2019.

Artist Catalogue

Click on image to view catalogue.

No Matter How Strong (Closed)

Deadline to apply: Midnight 10/06/2019

We are looking for two early career artists to take up supported residencies with Artcore, responding to the title ‘No Matter How Strong’.

The fragile nature of the human condition has been an enduring subject for artists throughout history. The ‘No Matter How Strong’ residency is an invitation to contemporary artists to address this title, sharing a sensitivity to both the physical aspects and allegorical connotations of the materials with which they work. This could be manifested in deeply personal engagements with the human body, nature, and the passage of time, or expressed through the media with which you work and the forms it takes – simultaneously ephemeral and resilient. Your work might allude to the impermanence of the object and its inevitable disintegration. Probing the binary distinctions between corporeal and transcendental, emergence and decay, belonging and displacement, life and death, the residency artists will reveal and question the political, spiritual, and psychological forces that shape who and what we are.

We are offering each artist:

  • An Artist bursary of £800 for exhibition ready work
  • A studio space for the duration of the residency
  • An opportunity to exhibit the work produced during the residency
  • Artist blog
  • A chance to deliver artist talks
  • Mentoring support throughout the residency
  • E Catalogue
  • An option to deliver workshops or participatory projects
  • Publicity and marketing support

We would anticipate the artists being present at Artcore for at least three days each week through the residency period. There is no additional budget for travel and accommodation, so ideally artists should live within a reasonable travelling distance of Derby, or be able to base themselves in Derby for the residency period.

We welcome applications from artists working in any visual arts discipline, and with a cross- disciplinary practice.

We expect artists to have a commitment to developing their practice, and to engaging in dialogue with the local communities and the wider international contemporary arts and cultural sector.

We welcome artists with an interest in how sharing space and collaborative working can inform the development of their work.

We expect to retain a selection of the artworks produced during the residency to be part of Artcore collection.

Residency Timetable:

  • Deadline – Please send your submissions by midnight 10/06/2019
  • Residency start date: 27/06/2019
  • Residency end date: 27/08/2019
  • Exhibition date: 05/09/2019-19/09/2019

How to apply

Applications should be made through Curatorspace ––no-matter-how-strong/3471

You will be asked to provide:

  • A proposal telling us about how you plan to respond to the residency theme, why you would like to take part in this residency, and what you would like to achieve through it, both artistically and in terms of your development as an artist
  • A statement describing your practice, materials and methods of working
  • Curriculum Vitae if you have one
  • Visual material directly relating to the proposal such as previous or proposed art work (please either attach images or direct us to specific work you would like us to consider on the web. Please label any images – title, medium, dimensions and year)


Back to Top