Open Call

Watershed & MAYK Winter Residencies


With Funding
Free / No Costs
Bristol, United Kingdom


Watershed and MAYK’s Winter Residencies programme is a fantastic opportunity to develop and share ideas, to meet incredible people, to imagine, make and think. It is open to creative practitioners of any discipline, career stage and background, who have ideas for artistic projects exploring technology and climate breakdown. We have three residencies available. We welcome applications from everyone. You could be just starting out, mid or late career, you could be pivoting in a creative direction or returning from a career break. All career stages, creative disciplines and backgrounds are welcome We ask for one project idea per application. You can make multiple applications if you have more than one idea. You can apply as individuals or groups. We welcome applications from BAME, LGBTQI, Deaf and disabled practitioners, because they are under represented in the programme. The scheme is not aimed at students.

Number of Participants

We have three residencies available. We offer a bursary of £2700 (tax inclusive), a £500 production budget plus travel and access bursaries as needed. We have a flexible approach and will openly discuss artists requirements.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


December 02, 2019 - March 31, 2020


  • £500.00 material budget (one-time)
  • £2,700.00 stipend (one-time)


Co-Working, Desk Space


Studio Only


No meals

Public Programs

Critique, Discussion, Mentors, Professional Development, Self-Directed, Workshops


Activists, Animation, Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Ballet, Biotech, Blockchain, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Ceramics, Choreography, Composers, Conceptual Art, Culinary, Dance, Digital Media, Drawing, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Jewelry, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Mixed Reality, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music, Performance Art, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Puppeteers, Robotics, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Tech, Theatre, Video Games, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology



Program Description

Each residency comes with a structured programme, work space at Bristol's Pervasive Media Studio, a network of peers, plus financial, technical and critical support. The programme will take place in Winter 2019/20 and we’re flexible about how you structure your time. This is a remarkable opportunity to have time, resources and freedom to get an idea off the ground. We are looking for artists who have: — A great idea and want to explore how to make it a reality. — An open and curious approach to your own work and to the work of others. — Will significantly develop their work through inclusion in the programme. — May be well versed in using technology, have tinkered, or have some great ideas but need help to get them off the ground, any approach is fine. Image from Afterlife by French Mottershed (Mayfest 2015). Photo by Paul Blakemore.

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