Call Out for Lancaster Arts TEST Residency: On Data and Art

Lancaster Arts invites proposals for our next Test Residency: On Data and Art, running from 22 – 26 January 2024. This unique programme is dedicated to exploring the interplay of art and data to address pressing social justice issues. We want to enable creative collaborations between academics and artists to enhance the understanding, interpretations and applications of data and artistic practice. 

Lancaster Arts wishes to support a contemporary artist based in England who is willing to make open-ended enquiries and explore new territory in collaboration with others. We welcome applications from artists who have extensive experience in working in this area and also from those who are curious but have not explored this previously. 

This residency will enable a phase of exploration, for mutual benefit, with Lancaster University academics who use data in their work every day, such as data scientists, those researching social justice in law, cyber security, health or the world’s environmental challenges.

This exploration will take the form of mini residencies within an academic department and/or field trips with one or more researcher/s within the residency period, as well as time to reflect and develop ideas with the support of the Lancaster Arts team. We hope it will also include meetings with activists who use data to inform their work. 

The residency will explore the following questions:  

  • How can an artistic practice be of value to understanding and interpreting data and those who work with it?   

  • What new creative approaches can bring the lived experience to data? 

  • What insights can data users and artists mutually exchange to enrich their respective practices? 

  • How can the exploration of art and data go beyond the well-traversed technique of data visualisation?   

Note that this residency is for an open exploration/exchange period only, although it may result in a commission for a new collaborative artwork.   

Key Dates:  

Application Deadline: Midnight Monday, (11:59pm) 27 Nov 2023  

  • Interview shortlisted applicants (online) 5 Dec 2023 (decision by 8 Dec) 

  • Site visit to Lancaster mid December   

  • Test Residency: 22 – 26 January (Creative Gathering on 24 Jan, public or invited sharing on 26 Jan)

For full information please download the call out document here.

Please contact our producer with any questions. Please note that we cannot read application drafts. 

Posted on 6th Nov, 2023