We are seeking experienced and socially engaged professional artists and writers who can offer exciting and inclusive residencies as part of our Libraries as Cultural Hubs programme.

Dorset Library Service, in partnership with The Arts Development Company are delivering a new programme of arts development in two Dorset libraries, funded by Arts Council England and The National Lottery.

Art form proposals are not limited and can include more than one discipline, including visual or performing arts, and from people at different stages of their careers.

The residencies will take place in Gillingham and Weymouth libraries from January 2019.

Outcomes of the project are:

  • To deliver artist and writer residencies that encourage and forge new connections between the library, the library staff and local communities.
  • Test and evaluate a new way of working together with professional artists to enhance the cultural offer for the libraries, knowing that this may inform work within and beyond the life of the programme and across other libraries.

Each artist/writer is required to:

  • Use Gillingham or Weymouth Library as a base for up to 12 days work.
  • Work closely with the Arts and Cultural Programme Coordinator from Dorset Library Service to deliver the plan.
  • Lead sessions with groups, working with them to produce new creative work.
  • Participate in discussions about progress and evaluation.
  • Implement any appropriate methods to strengthen the evaluation that will be taking place for the programme.
  • Subscribe to Dorset Library Service Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines and undergoing appropriate background checks including a DBS check and provision of two references.
  • Travel to either Gillingham or Weymouth, Dorset (must have own transport).
  • Work with community groups identified by library staff (e.g. local schools)

How to apply

There are 5 separate opportunities currently available.

Full descriptions and details of how to apply are available here:

Writers in residence brief – Application Deadline 26 October

Artists in residence brief  – Application Deadline 2 November