Visual Arts in Rural Communities is based at Highgreen, Tarset, Northumberland. VARC funds and manages an on-going programme of twelve-month residencies for visual artists and projects with special schools. Through the residencies it aims to offer opportunities to artists to develop new work in response to the remote rural landscape and its community and to offer benefit to the community and visiting groups in engagement with art and artists, through contact and creative activity. It also aims to benefit young people with special needs, particularly those with autism spectrum condition, through creative projects with artists.
Applications are now welcomed for residencies October 2016 – September 2017 and October 2017 – September 2018. The deadline for applications is 8th January 2016.
Each resident artist develops a body of work for exhibition at the end of the residency and engages with individuals and groups from the area and further afield through workshops, open studio days, artists’ talks and other events.
VARC looks for artists who feel that twelve months spent living in an isolated rural location will significantly benefit their practice and who enjoy contact with people and want to be part of a community.
Visit the website for further information and to download the application form: varc.org.uk/residency/