_Tom Walker, Happy Hour 2011 STRIP

Image: Happy Hour (2011) by Thomas Walker courtesy of the artist


We’re looking for ambitious and out-going early and mid-career artists who are open to testing out and sharing new and early-stage ideas and who will benefit from the support and networking opportunities Connect/Exchange offers. You’ll have a moving image, digital or screen-based practice and have a new project or idea which will extend your practice that you want to undertake initial research & development for. You’ll want to work with a specific host partner, you'll be keen to embed yourself into the artistic communities of your host city and see how this opportunity can benefit your career in the long-term.

Throughout Connect/Exchange, you’ll be introduced to key people and organisations in your host city and benefit from bespoke support and networking. You’ll be supported to develop a timeframe to complete your project post-residency and be provided with signposting regarding distribution and exhibition. There’ll also be opportunities to network with the other artists and organisations on the scheme through a national event taking place in NewcastleGateshead.

To support your residency, we’ll pay you a fee, plus provide an accommodation, travel and materials stipend. In addition, we also have a limited access bursary to support additional costs such as access and childcare. In return, you’ll keep a blog about the development of your project and present your research or practice to the public. We’ll get in touch with you a year after the end of the scheme to see how the support provided through Connect/Exchange has impacted on your practice and career in the longer term.

We have spaces for eight artists to undertake a Connect/Exchange residency – three artists from North East England, one artist based in Scotland, one artist based in Wales and three artists based nationally. For further information about which residency you can apply for, see our host partners.


To apply, email the following to applications@northernmedia.org

  • 400 words that explain your project, the research & development you want to undertake, and what you anticipate the long-term impact will be on your practice

  • 100 words explaining how your project relates to the specific host partner and their city

    (Please note - the above information can also be explained via a link to a 3-4 minute video)

  • Your CV including contact details (address, email, phone & Skype ID)

  • A 100 word biography to use on this website if you're selected

  • Up to 8 low res images (500k each max) and up to 4 links to moving image clips. Include details such as media, duration etc. If you’re successful, we’ll use one of your images next to your biography

  • Details of any access or support needs


You can apply for more than one residency, but each one will need a separate application. Please also be aware that we’ll be selecting artists as a cohort across the whole scheme - we are interested how a range of different artistic practices can add to the breadth and richness of the overall scheme. Unfortunately, undergraduate students are not eligible to apply. Interviews will take place via Skype. Unfortunately due to limited capacity, we will only be able to contact artists selected for interview.

Geographical eligibility: Artists based in the UK are eligible to apply. Due to our funding, there are some additional limitations on where artists needs to be based in order to apply for specific residencies. See our host partners for further information. If you wish to discuss whether you meet these eligibility criteria please contact us.

Cymraeg: Our call for artists, plus details about the programme is also available in Welsh – you can download it here

Any questions? Contact Lauren Healey lauren@northernmedia.org or Clare Gomez clare@northernmedia.org / 0191 440 4560