The self-funded artist residency is available throughout the year at the Redcar Contemporary Art Gallery. The residency fee varies depending on the duration, type of accommodation and time of the year. Please do not hesitate to contact me to find out the best suited package.
Location - Redcar is an exciting town with a long history of fishing, especially known for lobster and crab, since Viking times and more recently coal mining and the steel industry. Although the original industries have gone, the region is aiming to be a clean and renewable energy mecca. The town is situated by a long stretch of sandy beach by the North Sea in the Northeast England with the typical English Victorian seaside resort town of Saltburn- by-the Sea and industrial city of Middlesborough nearby. In recent years, more and more artists have moved to Redcar and continue to do so, making the place an emergent vibrant art community. The gallery is located very conveniently in the centre of the town between the Redcar Beacon on the Esplanade and old King Edward VII Clock Tower on the High Street.
Studio Space – During the residency period, the artist will have the private use of entire ground floor gallery space or one of first or second floor studio spaces and use of a large kitchen.
Accommodation – You can chose to live in a beautifully appointed two bedroom seaside apartment or alternatively a one bedroom Victorian period flat with a garden overlooking a lavish cricket ground (availability of this to be confirmed). Both are very conveniently located, within 5-10 minute walk from the studio. Both accommodation charges are inclusive of energy bill and use of wifi both in the studio and accommodation. However, please confirm at the time of booking what is your preference as this will determine the residency fee.
Exhibition – Artists will have the opportunity to stage an exhibition at the end of the residency. Duration of the exhibition can be between 2 weeks and a couple of months.
Art Practice – Although it is a self-led and funded practice based residency, the gallery will introduce the artist to some key local artists and contacts as well as a number of contemporary galleries including MIMA in Middlesbrough and the Saltburn Art Centre as well as the BALTIC known as the TATE Modern of the North. Interaction with the gallery and other artists is always welcome.
Sun sets into the North Sea of Redcar
Photo by Miria Miria
Sense of achievement, enriched, refreshed. These words immediately came to my mind after completing a one week residency at the newly opened Redcar Contemporary Art Gallery.
I decided to take up this residency primarily because I wanted to have undisturbed dedicated time for my painting and drawing. The experience far exceeded my expectations.
Achievement, not because I produced a lot of paintings, but because the whole experience broadened perspectives for my painting. It made me ready for a new challenge. On my way home down the M1 my head was buzzing with ideas for the next work.
Miyoko is an excellent host. She introduced me to local people as well as artists, giving me suggestions and advice, and above all good company. We talked a lot about many subjects over lunch and dinner. The studio above the gallery is spacious with tall easels, a large worktop space and only a short walk from my accommodation. The seafront flat is modern, comfortable and beautifully appointed. I spent a long time watching the changing sea and people passing by from the window. I can whole heartedly recommend Redcar Contemporary Art Gallery for any artists seeking a challenge and new direction in their art or indeed anyone who would like to immerse themselves in whatever you are looking for.