Call for a resident practitioner

The British Council, in partnership with the Creativity World Forum 2017, is seeking applications from practitioners to participate in a residency programme in Aarhus, which will coincide with the Creativity World Forum (1 – 2 November 2017).

This residency is during the tenure of the Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture programme and is for UK-based practitioners, who work at the intersections of art, design and architecture, and who have an interest in critical investigations and interventions into what constitutes design innovation.

Aarhus is heading in one direction, a city of the future.
The conference theme is creative resilience. As we see it, creativity is crucial in developing a resilient world. That’s why the question “How to use creativity to develop cities on the rise” is so very important for all of us. For Creativity World Forum 2017, we have established three main challenges for creativity in context: people, enterprise and city. We ask everyone who contributes to address one or more of these challenges in their work, therefore also the applicant for the residency:

People: How to cultivate and nurture your creative spirit?
Enterprise: How to make room for skills and competencies?
City: How to ensure that city heritage becomes a city of opportunity?

The site-specific work created during the residency can address one or more of these challenges and can be as creative an answer or investigation as your practice and imagination allows!

The Residency

If you are one of those who grapple with creativity in the real world every day – this goes out to you!

For the residency, we seek a practitioner to create a site-specific work (design, architecture, fashion, performance or other spatial or speculative work) in Aarhus during the summer of 2017. This work is then to be engaged with and/or developed further and presented during the Creativity World Forum 2017, where the practitioner in residence will have a three-hour slot as a part of the official programme. It is the opportunity to creatively engage the international crowd of creative movers and shakers that the forum brings together every year.

The selected practitioner will work independently on their own initiative making local connections themselves, and be expected to contribute content in the form of a break-out session during Creativity World Forum 2017, blogs, video diaries and presentations for the two sponsors’ online platforms.

The Residency award will consist of:
• Two return flights to Aarhus
• Accommodation in Aarhus
• Grant of £1,500 to cover subsistence for the 4-week residency (incl. the time during CWF)
• Production budget of £500 for materials (ie: printing costs, model-making, prototyping or other materials).
• Mentoring, advice and contacts both in London and Aarhus respectively from British Council Architecture Design Fashion department in London, and from the Creativity World Forum team.

Residency Structure
Research Visit: Three weeks to be arranged between June – August 2017. This first part will give the selected designer in residence the opportunity to observe and engage with the local design context as well as establish contacts with Aarhus with local practices, institutions and organisations.
Project Development/Delivery: 30 October – 5 November 2017. This second part will coincide with the CWF (1 – 2 November 2017) and will provide an opportunity to consolidate the initial studies,carried out during the research visit in the summer, into a site-specific work or project.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this residency please submit a PDF Expression of Interest by Sunday 14 May 2017. This should comprise:
– Up to 5 examples of key projects (realised or speculative) that you feel represent your approach
– A short statement (max 600 words) outlining why you are applying for the residency programme, what you hope to gain from the experience and how you will address one or more of the three challenges:
1. People: How to cultivate and nurture your creative spirit?
2. Enterprise: How to make room for skills and competencies?
3. City: How to ensure that city heritage becomes a city of opportunity?
– Activity plan; identify the main stages of your activity during the residency from the start date onwards
– CV

Submissions should be in PDF format and not exceed 2MB in size.
These should be emailed to by 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 14 May 2017.


a. Applicants must be UK-based practitioners (design, architecture, fashion, performance, experience design, design writing, critical research, social innovation, creative activism and writing, curatorial and cross disciplinary work)
b. Applicants should have a minimum of two years/maximum of ten years’ experience
c. Applicants should demonstrate creative excellence, skill and experience of small-scale creative practice
d. Applicants should demonstrate experience in collaborative work
e. Applicants must be able to travel to Aarhus between: June-August and in November 2017.


Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel, including representatives from the British Council and Creativity World Forum:
Gian Luca Amadei, Programme Manager Design, British Council
Adrian Fey, Creativity World Forum – Concept & Communication
Alice Holmberg, Creativity World Forum – Content & Co-Creation
Martin Thim, Creativity World Forum – Concept & Partnerships

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 22 May 2017.

For further information or enquiries please contact GianLuca Amadei:

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