Artcore Local Residency Callout: Untitled

An opportunity for artists and creative practitioners in Derby! A two-week long international residency from 7 May to 22 May in Osnabruck, Germany. Artcore Gallery is pleased to announce its latest international opportunity for two Derby-based artists looking to build international relations and learn from cross-cultural experiences.

Historically, Osnabruck (in north-west Germany) stands on one of the most important trade routes of Europe. Geographically, the modest city is situated in the mid-north in central Europe with links all over Europe from mediaeval times to the present day. It is twinned with 5 cities, one of which is Derby. Derby has acknowledged this twinning by naming the most important space in downtown Derby as Osnabruck Square.

Before the pandemic began, Artcore was working on developing links with Osnabruck to explore possibilities of cultural collaborations of different kinds between the two cities. We are delighted to partner with Kunstraum Hase29 for this project. This residency is for Derby artists (with a valid Schengen Visa) to understand the various links or points of references between the two cities and what binds them/can bind together. It is important for the artists to create artworks that become a bridge between the physical space of Derby Square in Osnabruck and the people who populate that space.

Artists can create a temporary sculpture that can be installed in Osnabruck during the Maiwoche music festival. These sculptures can be interactive—people walking about can contribute in various ways to the sculptures. It could also be that the sculptures respond to the different seasons in different ways and therefore reinvent themselves over a year. They could be disposable as well, disintegrating slowly over a period of time. Or, they could be functional—sitting or resting places for people. Or then, an installation of curious proportions! The possibilities are endless.

Artists can also explore a medium that they are familiar or comfortable with. If the selected artists would like to create a chalk painting on the street or if performance art is their thing, we are happy to support them! Artists can create video installations too or create visual stories digitally. The challenge is for the artists to create something that will be a bridge of understanding, empathy and goodwill.

We are offering each artist

  • A chance to experience the Maiwoche festival in Osnabruck
  • A chance to experience Osnabruck’s artistic culture through visits to galleries and museums
  • Cash allowance of £500 for exhibition ready work
  • A studio space for the duration of the residency
  • An opportunity to exhibit the work produced during the residency on Derby Day
  • Airfare and Travel
  • Food and Accomodation during the residency from 7 – 22 May
  • Your very own artist blog
  • A chance to deliver talks at the gallery
  • Mentoring support throughout the residency
  • An e-catalogue of the works you create during the residency
  • An option to deliver workshops or participatory projects
  • Publicity and marketing support

Residency Timetable:

Application Deadline: 16 April midnight

Announcement of Selected Artists: 21 April

Residency Dates: 7 – 22 May 2023

How to apply:

Apply via Curator Space.

Artcore Associates Callout – Join Artcore’s Associates Pool

Artcore is a dynamic and developing Contemporary Visual Arts organisation with two bases in Derby. Artcore delivers 10 exhibitions & 4 artist residencies annually, with a vibrant workshop and participation programme and projects engaging with the communities of Derby. Established in 1995, Artcore moved to Derby in 2005, became a registered charity in 2012 and an Arts Council England NPO in 2018/19.

Becoming part of the Artcore Associates would give creatives an opportunity to approach Artcore to help them realise a project or initiative that is still in the ideation or developmental stage. Co-production is way to build your creative practice as well as further your relationship with us and gain access to our networks within the creative industry. We are interested in seeing ideas that align with our values and ethos.

Artcore wants to expand and diversify our pool of associates, and are you a creative person with a wide range of skills – artists, curator, makers, workshop leaders, project managers, exhibition technicians, designers, art administrator and probably a few other things we haven’t thought of yet.

Are you interested in making your community healthier through arts and culture?

Send in your proposal.

How to Apply:

First, have a look at our website – Artcore ( – so you can find out more about our history, our ethos, and the kind of things we do. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to visit us or for an informal chat.

Next, submit an application of interest via email telling us about your skills, experience and knowledge. You should tell us about specific exhibitions, events and projects you have been involved in, and tell us what your role was in them. Here are some things to consider while submitting your proposal.

  • Why would you like to work with Artcore? Are there any of our projects or activities that appeal to you the most?
  • What have you done previously that you think best matches up with Artcore’s ethos and projects? Tell us about any projects, exhibitions or other activities you are especially proud of, and what your role was in them.
  • Is there a particular role you see yourself in, and are there specific skills that you could bring to Artcore as a member of our Associates Pool –  e.g. artist, curator, designer, art administrator, exhibition technician, project manager, producer, workshop facilitator …
  • Where are you based? We work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

This is an ongoing opportunity. Proposals will be accepted until  5pm on 11 September 2022 via

If you’d like to have a chat or visit before you apply please contact us by phone: 01332 384 561 or email at: 





We are always looking for enthusiastic people who share our vision and can help us to support artists and the community. Our success depends on the hard work and enthusiasm of our staff and volunteers.

Working at Artcore Gallery presents inspiring opportunities, including the chance to discover new hobbies, take part in community projects and even create works of art of your own.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please consider which area of the following you would like to help with:

Gallery assistant, technician , project support, community engagement, marketing and design.

For more information, please email