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Call for Applicants 2018

Artist Residency | 2nd July – 13th July 2018

We are now accepting applications for individual artists to join the Summer Lodge 2018. The Summer Lodge is an annual event where for ten days each July, the Fine Art studios of Nottingham Trent University (NTU) are transformed and play host to a gathering of thirty diverse artists. It is intended as an opportunity to think through making by being able to work for a while without many of the usual constraints and distractions. It is a collective space in which to undertake experiments, pursue new ideas and allow unexpected leaps of imagination. Participants in the Summer Lodge will include current NTU staff, artists working nationally and internationally, and student studio assistants with the aim of initiating new dialogues and critical exchange through engaging together in a period of sustained studio practice. Documentation of previous Summer Lodges is available online at

During this time, you will have a studio space within the Fine Art studio space, request student studio assistants to work with you on the help/development of artwork, meet other artists and curators and join a half-day symposium. Participants are encouraged to work the full 10 days of The Summer Lodge but are required to participate for a minimum of 4 days each week – see schedule below. To cover the minimum of our costs, if selected there is a £50 contribution for the two-week event.


Summer Lodge symposium: Autotelic / Towards Play

Friday 6 July

Telos – with its etymological origins in the Greek télos (end), téleios (perfected) and teleîn (fulfillment) – refers to an ultimate object or aim, a specific end or purpose. In teleological terms, the value of action is essentially goal-oriented, determined in relation to achievement and attainment, the event of completion, of reaching the designed destination or target. Alternatively, autotelic (autos, ‘self’ and telos, ‘goal’) refers to an activity or a creative work that has an end or purpose in itself. Autotelic activities refuse the goal-oriented, reward-driven, outcome-motivated tendencies of contemporary culture. However, neither are they pitched in antagonistic relation to the idea of a goal or end: they are not against telos as such. Instead, autotelic activity has intrinsic meaning – internal to it, emerging through it – where the sense of its worth or value is not established or measured according to external criteria. Towards play: for this has no end or purpose other than itself, nor does ‘being in the zone’ – those ‘flow states’ of total absorption or immersion where action and awareness merge. Rather than choosing between outcome or open-ended activity, between process and product, an autotelic practice playfully navigates the spaces in-between, refusing the binary of either/or.

This year’s Summer Lodge symposium takes up the provocation Autotelic /Towards Play to explore ideas around playfulness and experimentation, immersion and absorption, inviting reflection on the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations at play within artistic practice, on striking the balance between working towards resolution whilst leaving things open.




Deadline: 22th April 2018

To apply: Please digitally submit the following information by to:

Submit two separate PDF documents no more than 5MB in total:

  1. A short artist(s) biography with full contact details (max. 250 words).
  2. Please describe in a short paragraph (max. 350 words):
  • your need and interest in this period of experimental making
  • how you will approach your time during Summer Lodge 2018


Save the first document as “secondname_text.pdf”

 The second PDF document should contain:

  • 5 images or a short clip of your work. This needs to be in a separate PDF document. (For video or live work please provide a pdf of still images which includes a live links to vimeo, youtube or other similar online platform).


Save the second document as “secondname_images.pdf”

Selection Criteria will be based on the following:

  • The quality of your ideas and artwork.
  • Your need for a period of research and development and your reasons for applying to SL:18.
  • Your interest in working within a community of artists, including a willingness to discuss and share ideas.


Eligibility: Please note, you must be 3 years from graduating from your Undergraduate Degree and anyone previously participating in the Summer Lodge must leave 3 years before you can apply again.


The selection committee decision is final and unfortunately, we will not be able to enter into feedback dialogue.

If you have and questions about The Summer Lodge or Symposium please contact Danica Maier at