BOAT POETS 2022 - RESIDENCIES OPEN CALL

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Are you a poet aged 18 - 25 based in London, Bristol or Plymouth?


Are you looking for opportunities to develop your work and career?


We are looking for emerging poets and/or spoken word artists to complete paid residencies on their local waterways. Please read the briefs in this document carefully to decide which one is right for you. You must live in the city where the residency will take place. If you fit the bill for both residency opportunities in your city you may apply for both.


About the opportunity:


Boat Poets is a talent development project for poets and spoken word artists aged 18 - 25 to spend time on their local waterway. Each resident artist will be supported to create new work inspired by their waterway, whilst being given paid time to explore and work in new ways.  

During the residency artists will have the opportunity to engage in professional development workshops and mentoring sessions. There will also be supported opportunities to develop new writing into a live performance and/or short film.  


Who can apply? 

Any practicing poets aged 18 – 25 who consider themselves to be emerging. You must be resident in the city that you apply for. 

We particularly encourage applications from people from the global majority, who are LGBTQIA+, disabled and/or from working class or low socio-economic backgrounds.


Access

We are working towards creating a programme that is accessible to as many people as possible and we encourage applications from poets who identify as disabled.

We have funding to support artists with access needs, however if you would like to use access to work this is also fine. We are undergoing accessibility training as a team to upskill and raise our awareness in this area.

If you would like to chat about your needs in advance of applying please email us at boatpoets@gmail.com


What is expected of you? 

Primarily we require your time on all dates listed in the calendar below (any additional dates will be arranged with successful artists), and flexibility to interact with the organisations and boats, to make the most of this unique opportunity. 

We require that one piece of written poetry be submitted at the end of the residency. This can explore anything you choose but we expect the residency to have provided inspiration for the poem. We will make a pamphlet of your poems that you can keep and will be given to key project partners. 

Project Dates 

To participate in this project you must be available to meet the deadlines and activity dates below:

Fees and expenses

Residency fee: £550

Reasonable expenses to cover travel costs will be reimbursed


How to apply 

Please send to boatpoets@gmail.com and include in the email subject the residency you wish to apply for

1) A statement introducing yourself and outlining why you would like to be considered for this opportunity (no more than 200 words) 

2) An example of your work  

3) Any relevant web links (websites, YouTube etc.) 

4) Your age at time of application

5) The residency place you are applying for

On submission of your application you will be sent an equal opportunities monitoring form, please complete and return this to the same email address. 


The Residencies:

PLYMOUTH 

Two residencies available for emerging Plymouth based poets and spoken word artists to work alongside each other in exploring the Language of Rewilding for Plymouth and its people. These residencies are in partnership with Green Minds, a Plymouth City Council led project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Urban Innovative Actions. Resident artists will explore Plymouth’s rivers, harbours and waterfronts. To find out more about these organisations visit the Green Minds website https://greenmindsplymouth.com

When applying for this residency please include PLYMOUTH in the email subject line.


BRISTOL

Residency 1 - In partnership with SS Great Britain you will be poet in residence at the famous Bristol ship. SSGBT values working with poets, and the different perspectives they can bring to telling stories about the history of the ship, the docks, and all the people associated with them. You will have access to the exhibitions, archive and grounds for the duration of your residency and will be supported to produce new work based on your experiences. To find out more about the SS Great Britain see their website https://www.ssgreatbritain.org/ 

When applying for this residency please include SSGB in the email subject line.

Residency 2 - In partnership with Underfall Yard you will be poet in residence at the historic Boat Yard. Underfall Yard is home to maritime businesses involved in boatbuilding, marine engineering, metal working and training. Both the Harbour Master and the Docks Engineer are based there. You will spend time exploring the various spaces and meeting the team of volunteers and some of the businesses who work there. To find out more about Underfall Yard visit the website http://www.underfallyard.co.uk/

When applying for this residency please include UNDERFALL in the email subject line.


LONDON

Residency 1 - In partnership with Thames Festival Trust you will explore the River Thames with the help of their Totally Thames Festival programme. Responding to the themes of Education, Heritage and the Arts the team at the Trust will support you to access events, boats and areas of the river and riverside that are of interest to you. To learn more about the Thames Festival Trust visit their website https://thamesfestivaltrust.org

When applying for this residency please include THAMES in the email subject line.

Residency 2 - In partnership with Studio 3 Arts and Spoken Not Stirred you will explore the local Thames riverside area in Barking and Dagenham. This opportunity is for a poet who is resident in the borough of Barking and Dagenham specifically. 

When applying for this residency please include BARKING in the subject line.


If you have any questions please email boatpoets@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest in Boat Poets.

This opportunity is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Huge thanks to our other funders SS Great Britain, Studio 3 Arts, Green Minds, a Plymouth City Council led project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Urban Innovative Actions. And our partners, Thames Festival Trust and Underfall Yard for making this possible. 

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