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The Blue Noun Creative Exchange | Blue Noun’s front door | English for International Artists
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Opportunity for a Writer in Residence & Visual Artist in Residence at Blue Noun English Language School.

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Blue Noun Language School interior | The Blue Noun Creative Exchange | English for International Artists
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Our space will be your space for up to 3 months

About our Artist Exchange Opportunity

 

We have an opportunity for 2 creatives: 1 Visual Artist in Residence and 1 Writer in Residence.
 
Mid January – Mid April 2020 (Pick your days/dates)
 
The key theme of this opportunity is exchange. It’s for creatives wishing a stimulus to research making work in a different way.
 
About us
We are a new English Language School based in Crieff, Perthshire.
 
We would like to offer our premises and support for a collaboration between a writer (poet, storyteller, journalist, blogger, novelist) and a visual artist (or collective?).
 
We won’t have language learners between January and March – so we have beautiful, comfy premises which can be used for an alternative purposes, (including workshops, meetings, installations, residencies, dance, pop up theatre, thesis research…).
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Blue Noun Language School interior | The Blue Noun Creative Exchange | English for International Artists
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Further Information

Once selected, you can pick your times/days of working.
A certain degree of physically sharing the space is expected for the collaboration, but you can certainly choose to collaborate via distance too.
 
If you wish, there are opportunities to exhibit the resulting works within our space and we’ll certainly promote you on our Social Media and website too. (There are other exhibition options in the area – depending on the results and your practice).
 
We can support you by connecting you to places, people and events in the local area – even taking you places if needed.
 
We also have access locally to a Digital Media Lab which includes a 3D printer and film/sound editing bay.
 
At some point, we would very much like to work with Quatro Press (a private, letterpress workshop) on a publication/poster/documentation.
This could be the opportunity, but there is no obligation.
 
We’ll mentor the project in a friendly way. Ruth has curated exhibitions internationally – and for The Changing Room, Stirling and Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness in the UK.
She’s also taken a few artist residencies herself and taught art at MFA level.
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A glimspe into Blue Noun English Language School 
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About Our Budget

This is not a well-funded opportunity. We are a start-up business with big ideas – a beautiful space and a paltry budget.


We can offer only £200 per creative towards travel (or materials). However, we can offer our space, time, mentoring (if wished) and support as the project develops.
 
This opportunity would suit an international academic looking for professional development (with university funding ).
 
For UK artists and writers, there’s the possibility of sourcing your own project funding as a grant. We’ll help with that application!
 
(NB: One example could be Open Project Funding through Creative Scotland (apply a minimum of 8 weeks before the project begins).
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Blue Noun Language School interior | The Blue Noun Creative Exchange | English for International Artists
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How to Apply

 

Apply by telling us about your work in whatever way suits your work (online links, images (small files please). Please enclose a professional CV and Biography and a short document that tells us how you would begin this residency and what you would like to achieve.
 
Deadline November 28th
 
We have full disabled access for our building if required.
 
Accommodation is NOT included in this opportunity, but we know some fabulous people who can help… see our accommodation page here.
 
Contact us for more information
Comrie Apple Festival Perthshire Food and Drink

Blue Noun Language School interior | The Blue Noun Creative Exchange | English for International Artists
Photo credit: Blue Noun

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A quick note from the author

We began the Blue Noun blog back in 2019, when we called ourselves a ‘language school’ (we now call ourselves a language hub) and we were building up our business completely from scratch.

Our first few months were spent making friends in the community, researching homestay hosts for our language guests and finding out about all the good local places and activities to take our language learning guests.

In 2021 we moved the Blue Noun website to a different platform. We had the option of deleting these old blogs – they are very different form our current, more pedagogic style of posting, but I think they are quite charming to see how our young business grew, turning from a language school run by an artist – into a language hub which really began to focus on coaching artists in English by immersing them in creative environments.