X-CHANGE is a partnership between Shetland Arts and McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.
It is an artist residency / exchange opportunity exploring the extraction economy and the environment, funded by The British Council and Creative Scotland with support from Art Fund (UK) and Association of Art Museum Curators (US).
The two diverse geographies of Texas and Shetland have been heavily exploited for their natural resources. Shetland - the archipelago at the most northerly tip of the UK – was made rich by the oil and gas processing industry in the 1970s and thrives off the oil and gas fields that skirt it. It now looks to renewables for its future with construction underway on what will be the largest onshore wind farm in the UK. The oil-rich state of Texas has a longstanding and complex relationship between its natural reserves and the gargantuan industry built around it. It also has the largest onshore windfarm in the world.
With the industrialization and oil-rich economies of our two distinct geographies as the creative catalyst, we hope to inspire new work that will spark and arc locally, nationally, and internationally, addressing questions of sustainability and climate change as COP26 comes to Scotland in late 2021.
● The project aims to connect two artists/initiatives, with the scope to work digitally and/or with moving image in these two settings, to explore themes around the economics of the natural resources in these distinct geographic areas within the context of the global environmental emergency.
● This is a residency opportunity and commission for two selected artists (or initiatives), one from Shetland and one from Texas, to research and develop a body of digitally presented work for an online exhibition in late 2021.
● A one-month paid residency will be arranged for each artist/initiative to spend time in the exchange setting – Covid-permitting – during Summer 2021 followed by an online exhibition in in late 2021. Artists may choose to work together on a final output or separately, but we will aim for a shared dialogue and relationship.
● We aim to support digital work and/or moving image as an artform for this project to channel resources and contingencies effectively, to provide necessary flexibility to share material between artists, and to exhibit in both locations simultaneously. If travel is not possible we will embrace alternative ways for the artists to work together virtually and lean on this digital aspect for the delivery of the project. We welcome applications from artists/writers/poets who would like to work with this format.
● A commission/residency fee of £3000 / US $4180 is available for each artist (or artist initiative/collective) plus £1000 / US $1393 for travel and £1500 / US $2090 for live-work accommodation for the one-month residency, with additional funds for online exhibition delivery and support.
If you would like to be considered for this opportunity please send us the following:
A statement of your current practice;
Up to 8 images of - or links to - your work;
A brief letter detailing your relevant experience and how you might approach the project.
Video applications may be submitted via a link if preferred.
For artists based in Texas please send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org under the subject heading X-CHANGE
For artists based in Shetland please send your application to: email@example.com under the subject heading X-CHANGE
Closing date for applications is 23 April 2021 (midnight BST / 6pm ET). Late applications cannot be considered.
Download the full brief here