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Artists Residency Callout – Error & Power (Closed)

Residency: 01 May 2020 – 31 May 2020
Exhibition: 12 June 2020 – 10 July 2020
Deadline: please send your submissions by midnight on Thursday 16th April
Exhibition: Online throughout the residency period and beyond. Physical exhibition dates to be confirmed

Given that we are now confined to our homes, we’ve decided to change the current Error & Power residency callout to a Residency at Home format so that we can continue to support artists in these difficult times.

Instead of being in residence at Artcore’s building the artists will work from their own space, improvising with whatever materials they have or can get hold of, or perhaps working with digital media, and broadcasting both live and recorded material as the work progresses – the broadcast material could potentiallty be the form or medium of the work, or both.

We would like to retain the ‘Error & Power’ theme, though given what has happened over the last few weeks you might now interpret this very differently to how you might previously.

The Residency Opportunities:

“It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.”
Miles Davis

We are looking for two early career artists to take up Residency at Home opportunities with Artcore, responding to the title ‘Error & Power’.

The artistic strategy of creating space for chance, unintentional mistakes and errors to occur and to shape the artist’s work has a long history, and this residency is an opportunity for two artists to explore the relationship between their practice and error – deliberate or accidental. We particularly want to look at technological error – the glitch, the hack, the syntax error – in media arts practice and political activism, as a response to the pervasive power of technology, and its acts of control, regulation, prevention, its power to both  liberate and enslave its users, though we are open to proposals in any visual art medium.

The aim of the residency is to understand how error is used by artists, for what purposes, and with what outcomes, and its relationship to technological and political power, the characteristics of which are control regulation, prevention, and normalization.

We are offering each artist:

  • An Artist bursary of £800 to produce work for exhibition on-line and, at some future point, at Artcore Gallery in Derby City Centre
  • An Artist blog throughout the residency to share the progress of the work, or potentially to be the form/medium of the work
  • A chance to deliver artist talks – live and recorded – online
  • Remote mentoring support throughout the residency
  • A catalogue – both digital and physical
  • Publicity and marketing support

Artists will work at home, documenting the creation of the work and broadcasting it through Artcore’s media channels.

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 Artcore and our audiences, and the wider international contemporary arts and cultural sector.

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

Residency timetable: 

Deadline – Please send your submissions by midnight on Thursday 16 April.
Selection will be made on Friday 17 April.
Residency start date: 01 May
Residency end date: 31 May
Exhibition dates: 12 June – 10 July

How to Apply:

Applications should be made through Curatorspace –


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)

Graphic and Web Design Volunteer

Artcore and Designcore are looking for a self-motivated and passionate graphic and web design volunteer. Artcore is a visual arts charity with a group of professional artists working within communities locally, nationally and internationally. Artcore’s long-term objective is to use arts and crafts as a vehicle to strengthen community cohesion, educate, raise awareness and provide a platform for development. Through our work we are committed to bringing change into the lives of people of all ages, abilities, cultural and ethnic backgrounds through creative activities.You will be working within our growing organisation to assist in creating flyers, updating our websites and building our online following. You will also be assisting in the growth of our web design company, Designcore, building our client base, designing and creating products and marketing the business through social media and other online channels.


  • Creating flyers for upcoming projects
  • Updating our websites with reports, upcoming events and images
  • Editing photos and images for promotion
  • Assisting in the growth of Designcore, including helping clients and meeting deadlines
  • Marketing Designcore online
  • Coming up with new and innovative design ideas
  • Working with our Graphic Designer and Artistic Director to create quality products
  • Writing copy to add to promotional material


  • In second/third year of Bachelors degree in Graphic or Website Design
  • Organised with good time management skills
  • Able to meet deadlines with a high standard of work
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe, Adobe In Design, Photoshop and WordPress as well as other related programmes
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Energetic, self-motivated and proactive
  • Creativity and innovation in coming up with new ideas and designing products
  • The ability to successfully work independently and as part of a team

Answerable to Graphic Designer, Programme Manager.

Location: Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street, Derby, DE1 2GT

To apply, please send in your CV with a cover letter to admin@artcoreuk.com

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at Artcore can boost self-confidence and motivation. Working as part of our group will give you the chance to build communication skills, meet new people and learn how to work in a team. In terms of your career, Artcore can help your CV stand out from the rest. Volunteering shows commitment and passion, which are qualities that any employer will appreciate. Volunteers can gain official recognition for their efforts, for example in the form of a Inspired award. Artcore volunteers have been acknowledged by certificates and a fantastic job reference. Volunteering can open up exciting opportunities; in the past Artcore volunteers have obtained work placements in Italy, Malta and Spain.

Our volunteers contribute to the community and have the chance to make a positive impression on the lives of the people they work with. Volunteers have the opportunity to inspire people. Volunteering at Artcore will give you the opportunity to gain skills and confidence, expand your horizons and build new and lasting relationships.

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please send your CV to: info@artcoreuk.com


Volunteers will work on visual arts projects, working alongside other artists to deliver projects. Volunteers will gain experience working in a variety of mediums with a variety of people and experience different cultures and styles. Mediums used include plaster, clay, mosaic and painting. Volunteers must be enthusiastic, hard-working and motivated. An interest in art is essential. Experience of working in this field would be advantageous.


A volunteer position is available for fundraising for a non-profit organisation

Administration Assistant

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a non-profit organisation as an administration assistant. The role entails providing general administrative support, greeting visitors and responding to a broad range of enquiries. Tasks will include drafting and sending out documents, taking notes of meetings and producing minutes, dealing with enquiries and maintaining the filing system.

Support Assistant

Volunteer to offer general support. Applicants are required to be flexible and work in all areas. This includes office based administrative tasks, housekeeping, and hands-on tasks.

Graphic Designer

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a non-profit organisation as a graphic design apprentice. The role involves working on design projects from concept to completion as well as providing constructive feedback on other design projects.

Painter and decorator

Volunteers will carry out painting, decorating and hands-on tasks at Artcore premises. These will include building maintenance, preparing exhibition space and installing the exhibitions themselves.

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