AiR: Artist in Residence is a unique residency pilot project and employment contract for one artist to join Artsadmin from September 2023 – August 2024 for a year of deeply-embedded artistic research within our team and the local communities of East London.
The AiR pilot emerged as a response to feedback we had been hearing from artists for a long time about the inequity between salaried arts workers and precarious freelancers, as well as a desire to invest in deep, collaborative and ethical relationships with the diverse communities that live and work in and around our local area. AiR is a very specific opportunity, for a UK-based artist whose work is primarily performance-based, collaborative and live, who has an active interest in the communities local to East London, and an established approach to working with people that is rooted in mutual respect and ethical collaboration.
AiR: Artist in Residence wants to support long-term deep artistic research, building sustainable trusting relationships within the diverse communities that live and work in the Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Aldgate areas; and in supporting an artist with the kind of contract that allows them the time to develop collaborative practice and research, and allows us to form a relationship with them at the same time.
After a lengthy and considered selection process the artist Abel Holsborough is selected as the Artsadmin AiR: Artist in Residence for 2023 – 2024.
Read more about AiR here.