SEAS artists’ residency
SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon) is a space for exhibitions, events and workshops and an artist’s residency that concentrates on socially and politically engaged practices and themes. It is part of the Social Art Network and has links to local and national arts organisations that engage with issues of social justice, refugees and migration. Since its foundation in 2016, SEAS became a beacon for socially and politically engaged art in Brighton and the south-east of England.
SEAS was founded by artist and curator Dr. Gil Mualem-Doron in his small house the heart of Brighton; an 18th building that was built for servants of the Royal Pavilion. SEAS’ unique model of home-gallery fulfilled need for a dedicated space for socially engaged art, and for a more welcoming (for artists and visitors), homely and less regimented setting.
A successful programme of exhibitions and events drew in hundreds of visitors and participants. A new programme of community art workshops, and links to other community and arts organisations led SEAS to move to a much bigger space at the BMECP (Black & Minority Ethnic Community Partnership) Centre, near Brighton train station.
SEAS holds around five exhibitions each year, often during festivals such as: Artists’ Open House (during Brighton Festival), Brighton Photography Biennale & Photo Fringe, Black History Month, LGBTQ History Month and Refugee Week. Some of the exhibitions are commissioned by charities (e.g. Brighton Pride, Platforma, Sanctuary on Sea). Others are self-initiated. SEAS also exhibits the works of resident artists and is open to proposals from curators, artists and artists’ collectives.
Engagement with diverse audiences is the core of SEAS work and all the exhibitions includes artists’ talks, discussions and workshops for the general public and community groups.
Organisation founded in
Brief description of residency program
SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon was born in 2016 as a space for the discussion, development and exhibition of socially and politically engaged art. SEAS has exhibited more than 200 artists since its foundations, and hold numerous artists’ talks and workshops.
The residency is self-directed. The artist will be offered tours and meetings with other art organisations in Brighton.
Accommodation: The residency offers accommodation for one artist in the heart of Brighton where SEAS was originally founded. The accommodation comprises 9 x 3 meters on the 3rd floor of the house, including a double bedroom with bathroom en-suite, seating area, kitchen and balcony. It also includes a small library of art and architecture books. When there are no artist-residents the space is used as an Airbnb. For images see here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/18621518?adults=1&toddlers=0&guests=1&s=1YkPMJvT
Studio & exhibition space: The working space is at SEAS studio. The artist can use the whole studio (10x7m) when there are no exhibition or 3x3m when the exhibitions are on). At the start of the residency artists will be ask to participate in an artists’ talk and at the end of each residency the artist is required to present his research or work through at talk, an event or a week long exhibition. The artist will also have an opportunity to show some of his works during OPEN SEAS exhibition in every May and will have an on-line exhibition on SEAS site during that year.
Who are we looking for? SEAS would like to engaged with socially and politically engaged artists, artists who works on issues of social justice, identity, gender and sexuality, migration and refugees but not only. We are particularly interested in work that develop radical practices, new ways of engaging audiences, activist and interventionist work, digital and new media work. SEAS studio is not your typical gallery space so your residency proposal can be bold, experimental and wild.
Disciplines and media:
Preference will be given to socially and politically engaged art in any art media including Visual Arts, photography, digital art, New Media Art, Performing Arts, Music, Literature, film making and Curatorial practice.
Duration of residencies
1 week up to 1 month.
Number of artists’ resident at one time: 1
Companions allowed: Partners
Grants available: SEAS does not offer full grants. We will work to help artists in applying for grants and outside funding with an invitation letter. A partial grant of £200 to cover the residency accommodation and studio costs will be offered twice a year to two BME artists and artists with a refugee background.
Expenses paid by artist:
Expectations of the artist
Presentation or a workshops and/or Exhibition
Costs of the housing and studio £200 to £500 per week – depending on length or the residency, season, and other requirements).
Digital Application via Curator Space or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading: SEAS Residency + Your Name
The email (in English) should include in ONE PDF (up to 10 pages, and no bigger than 10mb):
- Name and contact details
- One page C.V. or biography
- A a proposal for the residency project that includes:
- Is it research? A development of work in progress, and/or exhibition of existing work?
- How does the proposal fit with SEAS’s objectives?
- How will it advance your work?
- Up to 10 images (that includes captions) and /or link to view the work online.
By SEAS Committee that is made of artists, curators and community organisers. Answers will be given usually two weeks after receiving your email or two weeks after the deadline.