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Open Call: BCU Graduate Residency 2019

5 June 2019 – 14 July 2020


Grand Union is working in partnership with Birmingham City University to offer four graduates free co-working space for 12 months.

The co-working studio compliments Grand Union’s existing provision of 12 artists’ studios and Modern Clay, a ceramics facility offering open access to artist and community groups in the region. Grand Union also houses an internationally recognised gallery that hosts a regular programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops and performances.

If selected you will benefit from 24-hour access to a free, shared workspace (34 m2) for 11 months and mentoring from Grand Union’s Curatorial team.

Studio holders will be invited to take part in:

  • Open studios events on Friday 6 December 2019 and Friday 7 August 2020
  • An exhibition at The School of Art, Margaret Street as part of their Night School programme.

The residencies will begin on 1 September 2019.

To be eligible, you must have graduated from one of the following faculties at BCU in the last five years (earliest graduating 2014):

  • Birmingham School of Architecture & Design
  • Birmingham School of Art
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • School of English
  • School of Fashion & Textiles
  • School of Jewellery
  • Birmingham School of Media
  • New Technology Institute
  • School of Visual Communication

TO APPLY please send in ONE PDF document:

  • An overview of you and your practice (500 words max or a video lasting no longer than 5 minutes)
  • Up to 5 images of recent work or web links (max pixels 1200 on longest dimension)
  • A paragraph telling us how you would benefit from the residency (300 words max)
  • A current CV

Please send information by 14 July 2019 in PDF format to stating BCU Graduate Residency in the subject header.