Call for Applications: Residency Program

Calling all comrades ,

We are delighted to be able to offer four funded residencies at MayDay Rooms (MDR). These will further expand the communities of inquiry and resistance that operate around 88 Fleet Street. We invite applicants to propose six-month projects that creatively contribute to our collections and the practice of archival ‘activation', which guides the organisation.

Each resident will be based at MayDay Rooms in London for one day a week. During the residency they will have the opportunity to discuss their projects with a number of artists, archivists, and activists, and exhibit their work. They will also have access to MDR’s archival collections and digital holdings, and the opportunity to closely observe the working process of the organisation and its associates.

We welcome proposals based in radical practices from all backgrounds, from video to radio, poetry to painting, exhibitions to publications, and whatever else will fracture the present; we want them to be spiky, fierce, antagonistic, sensitive, and attempting to struggle against present conditions.

MayDay Rooms is a space dedicated to the radical, experimental, and collective activation of historical material. Through a variety of small-scale forums and research projects, developed around its collections, MDR aims to create dynamic situations – not to sit passively on archival holdings. An idea of 'activation' (linking historical material to contemporary social struggles) guides our archival practices: how we collect, exhibit, and disseminate material. These residencies seek to create a space to engage with practice-led archival research that experiments with new models of 'activation' and helps us to develop our own.

In these times full of struggle, we think it’s important to try to foster a collective radical culture and to link up acts of resistance with our archival work. We encourage applicants to look at our collections, catalogue and the groups who operate out of the building, to help forge projects which brings communities of arts, research, and resistance into contact with each other.

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What to expect
The residency will last for 6 months, starting from mid-June. Exact dates are subject to the resident’s availability.

The residency will include the following:

  • Residency fee of £2293 (this is calculated at 1 day per week for six months at the MDR day rate. Everyone in the organisation get paid £12.60 an hour and the fee reflects this),
  • Dedicated desk space at MDR and access to MDR facilities and collections,
  • Training on our archival systems,
  • Regular feedback sessions with artists, archivists, and activists associated with MDR,
  • Access to premises to carry out public events and a materials budget to contribute towards works produced.

Residents should be willing to contribute to two public events as part of the this programme.

Application Process
Applicants are asked to submit a proposal (up to 500 words) illustrating how they might approach the residency and what they hope to achieve. While the panel will be looking for politically fierce, antagonistic proposals, we also would like them to be based around specific collections or histories. We particularly welcome proposals that address gaps in our collection and histories that are currently repressed, oppressed, or under-represented. Welcome applications from both groups and individuals.

We also ask for a CV, just in order to give an idea of your background and work (in the loosest sense) that you have done that might be relevant. There is no need to have a formal arts education, a previous or extensive exhibition record, or previous experience working with archives.

Your application should include the following only:

  • 1. A project proposal (500 words)
  • 2. A curriculum vitae
  • 3. A cover sheet with name and contact details

Application Deadline
Send to rosemary@maydayrooms.org by Tuesday 30th May 2017, Midnight

Selection Process
The candidates will be selected on the basis of their application. The shortlist will be invited to interview by mid-June.

MayDay Rooms is committed to equal opportunities and actively encourages applications from all backgrounds.

You must have the right to work in the UK.

If you have any questions about the residency please email rosemary@maydayrooms.org

This residency program has been generously funded by Arts Council England