BBC Radio 2 looks for an Artist in Residence

The search is on for the first ever BBC Radio 2 Artist in Residence.

The initiative is being held in association with digital arts organisation The Space and the judging panel includes Sir Peter Blake and Radio 2 Arts Show presenter Claudia Winkleman.

The prize is a golden pass to Radio 2 events for 12 months in return for a minimum of four artistic creations – Glastonbury 2015 being the first event the winner will have the option of attending. Artists working in any medium can be used – from poets to sculptors, painters to sound and/or multimedia artists – but there must be a digital aspect to the presentation of the work. The competition is open to professional artists – someone who derives half their income from creative endeavour.

The Space will provide a bursary of £15,000 and will separately cover all materials and expenses up to a maximum budget of £20,000. The artist’s work will be showcased on The Space and on the BBC Radio 2 website.

The judges will be looking for passion and knowledge of Radio 2’s output; suitability of the work for a mainstream audience; evidence of digital opportunities around the presentation of the work; and the ability to produce four works within the proposed budget.

The shortlisted artists will be invited to Radio 2 in London on 5 June 2015 to present their work to the panel and the closing date is midnight on Sunday 10 May. The result will be announced in The Radio 2 Arts Show on Friday 12 June.

The judges will be looking for passion and knowledge of Radio 2’s output; suitability of the work for a mainstream audience; evidence of digital opportunities around the presentation of the work; and the ability to produce four works within the proposed budget.

Claudia Winkleman comments: “I am absolutely thrilled that Radio 2 is going to have an artist in residence. It’s a fantastic opportunity for someone to receive proper mainstream exposure for their work to over 15 million listeners, and ‎I cannot wait to see who applies and what they do.”

Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2 adds: “As the UK’s most popular radio station with 15.28m listeners, there’s an opportunity for Radio 2 to plays its part in Tony Hall’s vision to make the Arts accessible to everyone. I’m delighted to announce this exciting raft of new initiatives which enhance and complement our already distinctive programming schedule.”

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 2:22 pm by RadioToday

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