Art at the heart of King’s Cross

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Posted: Friday 25th September 2009
  • Unique opportunity for artist in residence at central London’s biggest regeneration scheme.
  • King’s Cross builds on arts and culture tradition.
  • Just two weeks left to submit expressions of interest.

Arts Council England, London and King’s Cross are offering an artist in residency opportunity at the King’s Cross development site – central London’s largest regeneration scheme.

Working on site alongside those delivering the project, the work produced by the artist will encourage those living or working near, or just visiting King’s Cross to see the site and area in a new way.

The scheme builds on the project’s growing arts and culture programme; from photography exhibitions at The German Gymnasium to the recent Saddler’s Wells Scattered Crowd installation at the Eastern Goods Yard, King’s Cross is emerging as a key project in local arts development and in 2011 we will welcome over 4,500 staff and students from the University of the Arts, London, to their new home in the refurbished Granary building.

Following in the footsteps of previous artist in residence, Ellie Reid, the recipient will benefit from unparalleled access to the development and a bursary of £9,000. The residency will culminate in an exhibition at The German Gym.

King’s Cross is looking for an artist with five or more years’ professional experience with a strong practice that relates to the site. Working with a curator or mentor of their choice over two days a week (over three months) or one day a week (over six months), the artist will contribute to the varied, high quality arts programme at King’s Cross. The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 18 September.

Anna Strongman, Project Manager at King’s Cross, says:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for an artist to engage with the processes on site, putting their own interpretation on the ongoing construction work. King’s Cross is very excited about the work the artist will produce and how they communicate their thoughts to a wider audience.

“King’s Cross has a well developed history in the arts and we are thrilled to be adding to it, creating a dynamic and responsive programme for the area.”

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director of Arts Council England, London says:

“This is a unique opportunity for an artist to work in a new environment, and will establish a mutually beneficial dialogue between the artists and the developing landscape. King’s Cross is quickly positioning itself as a new cultural quarter for London, and we hope more artists will get involved through projects like this.

“Following Ellie’s successful placement last year, we are pleased to continue our partnership with King’s Cross to make this residency possible.”

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