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Invisible Worlds Residencies

Invisible Worlds Residencies are a collaboration between the Eden Project and FoAM, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Invisible Worlds Residencies are primarily based at the Eden Project, and open to all - artists, scientists, creators and makers – to explore phenomena beyond our senses: too vast, too small, too fast, too slow or too far away in space or time. You can use the time to develop risky new ideas or to continue your existing work in a unique environment, within a diverse community of public engagement specialists, horticulturalists and educators.

There are no pre-defined outputs, but the project must embed public outreach – this could be in the form of a small exhibit, workshop or event, or it could mean working on your project in the open and talking with the visitors as they come by. The Eden Project audience is very broad, and not a typical museum-visitor demographic – so you’ll need to think about what will work best in this context. Exchange of ideas and skills with the Eden Project team is desirable. There will be a facilitator who can help you develop your public engagement skills, and in return we’d like you to show them something – this might be how to do a lab protocol, programming or electronics, new materials for use in exhibits, or an artistic process. The work produced during the residency must be made freely available using open-source methodologies (Public Domain or CC-BY licences).

Funding is available between £500 and £3,000 per resident. This can be used as you wish, depending on your needs. The funding may be used to cover any associated costs, for example travel, accommodation, childcare, materials, and fees. The residencies can last for a total of 1 week to 2 months, and can be split into separate blocks of time if required. The residencies can be individual or shared by more than one person, for example a collective or family. The residencies can take place in June/July or Sept/Oct 2018.

The Eden Project is in an isolated location and accommodation is not included with the residency. However, basic accommodation may be available on site with a small cost implication (details below). We can help you to find appropriate accommodation (on site or anywhere you like) and car access if required, but this must be covered within your budget.

Facilities available for residents:

  • Public laboratory – equipped with microscopes, large screen, basic electronics equipment. This provides space to run small workshops, show prototypes, exhibit work, or perform audience testing with footfall dependent on the season.
  • Private laboratory – equipped with laminar flow hood, fridges, freezers.
  • Professional kitchen/cafe – can be used by the residents at off-peak times.
  • Training/support from facilitators in public engagement.
  • There is also the option to apply for office or workshop space at the Eden Project, depending on the needs of the resident.
  • Access to expertise at FoAM Kernow in Penryn, including citizen science, programming, game design, tangible interfaces, electronics, transdisciplinary research, research impact, public engagement.
  • The use of FoAM Kernow space in Penryn for events.

What we want in return:

  • A public engagement output – e.g. event, workshop, exhibit, or openly working on your project with visitors.
  • Provide inspiration and potentially new skills for facilitators and staff at Eden.
  • A blog post from each resident covering their time on the residency – to be co-posted on Eden Project and FoAM sites.

How to apply:

Applications for Invisible Worlds Residencies are in two stages. For the initial application we would like you to provide the following in a single document:

  • Some text outlining who you are and what you would like to do during your residency (250 words maximum) – this can be accompanied by an image.
  • The total budget you require (no details necessary at this stage, but this must be sufficient to cover your associated costs - including travel, accommodation, materials, fee, childcare etc.)
  • Preferred timing for when the residency would take place (June/July/Sept/Oct 2018), how long you would like it to be, and whether you would like to take it in a single block of time.
  • A link to your work online.

This must be emailed to by 7th February 2018.

We will invite selected participants to complete a full application. The second stage of the application consists of a short document (max 2 pages) based on a form that we will send to those who are successful. The deadline for the second stage will be 7th March 2018.

Applications will be reviewed by both FoAM and the Eden Project. First round applicants will hear back from us by 14th February 2018, and second round applicants will be notified by 14th March 2018. Our total budget for supporting residencies in 2018 is £6,000 – the number of residencies supported will be dependent on the budgets of the chosen residents.

You are free to stay anywhere you like, but if you would like to stay on site then accommodation options that may be available at the Eden Project include Vounder Barn at £25 per night (own room with single bed, shared living spaces in a converted 14th Century barn) and the Eden Youth Hostel Association Snoozeboxes at £45/55 per night (associate rate, non peak/peak). We are happy to discuss options further if accommodation is required. There are two fully accessible Snoozeboxes for those with wheelchairs for example, and the whole Invisible Worlds building and FoAM studio building are also both fully accessible.


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