A week long mixed media artist residency.

  • Mon 12 Aug – Fri 16 Aug 2019
  • Hadleigh Library
  • £500 fee, lunch provided by Suffolk Libraries

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We are inviting local artists to come and use Hadleigh Library as a work space to explore the role creativity plays as catalyst for nurturing confidence and wellbeing in the community.

Five artists will be given the opportunity during the residency to explore their practice as well as their role as creative practitioners in community settings.

Find out about the LAB we held at Ipswich County Library in 2018.


In April 2018, Suffolk Libraries were awarded NPO status by Arts Council England. Suffolk Libraries is made up of 44 individual libraries across the county and as part of this creative process the BLOC - Building Libraries on Creativity programme was created to develop libraries as creative community hubs.

What the LAB will provide

  • Inspiring workshops with invited guest speakers/artists
  • One-to-one advice from the week's facilitator
  • Time for reflection and space to develop current work or create new work
  • Working and social time with peers for discussions and meaningful exchange of ideas and practice
  • Opportunity to meet the Suffolk Libraries BLOC team and create links for the future

Benefits to artists

  • Focused time for the development of a current/new idea and projects
  • Being in a peer environment and experiencing media outside of their current practice
  • Working collaboratively with libraries and their communities
  • Opportunities to exchange ideas, share work and feed your creativity through encountering the experience of others both in and outside the arts
  • Input of inspiring speakers and practitioners

Criteria for application

  • This LAB is for Suffolk based artists working in any discipline (music/technology/paint/sculpture/film/writing/poetry/theatre/sound recording/installations/dance, etc.)
  • Applicants must commit to the full week's residency, including some evenings
  • We are looking for artists who are keen to create work with roots in the community
  • Artists must show a proven commitment to their discipline, either through a portfolio of work or relevant course, qualifications or awards
  • Living and/or working regularly in Suffolk (as defined by the Suffolk county boundaries)

How to apply

  • Complete the application form, including details of what excites you about this opportunity and what you might like to explore over the duration of the week. NB: Please provide as much detail as possible in this section so that we have an opportunity to understand your creative practice.
  • Attach a CV including any relevant web links to examples of your work

Deadline for submission

  • Deadline: 15 July 2019
  • Notification: 19 July 2019

Applicants will be selected in accordance to how well they meet the criteria outlined above.

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