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Severn Arts Seeks Artist in Residence After Receiving Grant for Community Project

We’re thrilled to have partnered with Severn Arts to have secured a grant from the Inclusive Communities Fund—a £9 million initiative inspired by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. This marks the beginning of a partnership project aimed at bringing positive change to the Woodrow area.

Over the next few months, an artist-in-residence will closely collaborate with Woodrow communities. Together, they will unite to foster community bonds, enhance health and well-being, instil pride in the area, and create a lasting legacy that truly represents and celebrates the local neighbourhood. The artist will work with both new and established groups in indoor and outdoor spaces through a co-creation process, ensuring that the work is relevant and owned by the Woodrow community.

Richard Bromhall, Programme Director for Reimagine Redditch, said: “People in Woodrow told us they wanted to ‘brighten up’ the neighbourhood. They told us about the challenges they see as barriers to health, wellbeing and creativity.”

“The co-creation process will ensure that the work is relevant to Woodrow people and is owned by them. The artist will have office and studio space in four community venues in Woodrow: Your Ideas’ The Den (opening June 2024), Woodrow Meeting Rooms, Woodrow Library, and Redditch Borough Council’s Housing Department.”

For this project, we are recruiting an individual, collective or organisation with a novel and distinctive creative approach to deliver a holistic creative vision for Woodrow. The successful artist will determine with the project partners a series of artworks that will realise that vision for a Woodrow that everyone will feel part of. In practice, the individual, collective or organisation will elicit ideas from communities in workshops to ensure the vision is shaped by people in the neighbourhood and their ideas are reflected in the final series of artworks.

We welcome applications from a broad range of practitioners, including: 

  • Artists
  • Designers
  • Curators
  • Creative practitioners
  • Arts organizations
  • Collectives of artists

The final artworks will be inclusive, reflect and celebrate Woodrow as a place and its people, and will change perceptions of Woodrow within the neighbourhood and in the wider borough. We are particularly keen that the residency delivers against the 3 key aims of the project:

  1. Improve Health and Wellbeing across the Woodrow estate through creativity
  2. Increase community pride in Woodrow
  3. ‘Brighten up’ the neighbourhood with a focus on the Woodrow Centre through a series of artworks.

Time Frame: 

  • Applications open: Monday, 20th May 2024
  • Open Day: 12th June 2024
  • Application Deadline: 9 am, Monday, 24th June 2024
  • Interview in Woodrow, Redditch: Thursday, 4th July 2024
  • Project completion date: December 2024

How to Apply: 

To apply, send your proposal to recruitment@severnarts.org.uk by 9am on Monday, 24th June 2024 (any submissions after this time will not be considered).

For the full brief including what to include in your proposal click here.

Severn Arts and Reimagine Redditch extend their thanks to the Heart of England Community Foundation, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), United by Legacy, UKGOV, and the Commonwealth Games organizers for this incredible opportunity.