The TrAIN residency is open to emerging artists based outside the UK who are interested in researching the archives and special collections held at the Chelsea College of Art & Design Library.
The selected artist will be invited to either use these collections as a point of departure for the development of new work, or to create and deposit his/her own ‘resident archive’ for future researchers at Chelsea College of Art & Design Library. The route into the Special Collections is not prescribed; its size and complexity allows for diverse and unpredictable responses. Exposing the processes and ideas of modern and contemporary artists, it invites contemporary re-readings, re-activations and replies. The artist is not required to have particular expertise or experience in working with archives.
Offering both practical and academic research facilities, this residency focuses on professional development, artistic exchange and the development of artistic research and process. The support, networks and creative environments offered by Gasworks and TrAIN will provide the artist with the means to research and experiment with new work, taking an important step in an international context.
TrAIN (transnational art, identity and nation) is a Research Centre based at Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London. TrAIN has collaborated annually with Gasworks since 2007 with the aim of developing a research-based residency programme extending between the studio and the art school.
In 2011 the selected artist in residence was Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andrade.
For more information on how to apply visit the Gasworks website.