Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
Artist-in-residence opportunity: Zero Carbon Britain

This residency is part of a new strategic collaboration between the Arts Council of Wales & the Centre for Alternative Technology

Brief for applicants

Bursary: £24,000 for twelve months starting August 2012

CAT is inviting applications from, both UK and international artists working in film, photography or digital media, who wish to develop their practice through working at the Centre for Alternative Technology for a period of twelve months by engaging with its research projects and its community of staff. The start of the residency will coincide with the ‘Emergence’ Land-Journey and Arts Summit planned for 1st - 8th September 2012.



Hosted by CAT and funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the residency offers the opportunity for an artist to access time and space away from their usual practice to work in the context of a cutting edge research project. The residency will provide time to absorb the cultural implications of CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) work, both through the findings of work to date, and in joining the team of researchers during the current phase of their investigation. The residency will also allow the artist to explore and engage with the wider learning context offered through CAT’s ‘living laboratory’ of hands-on projects. It will provide an opportunity to meet a new community of people, sourcing new material and experiencing life in a new location in the context of CAT.


Our 21st century challenges can no longer be met with 20th century approaches, there is also a growing recognition that our energy intensive, consumerist lifestyles are not actually making us any happier. The residency is part of CAT’s commitment to engage with the arts to provide a platform for the development of new and exciting cutting edge projects that can help us shift attitudes on how we think about the future.

The aims of this residency are to:
•    Enable the selected artist to draw upon CAT’s work to carry out research, develop and create new work
•    Inspire public interest in creative practice
•    Undertake an imaginative project to engage the public (this could include open studios, talks, participatory events,, student projects, seminars, etc)
•    Raise the profile of contemporary art practice and create links between the CAT research project and contemporary art practice

The artist
We are looking for an artist whose practice reflects an interest in sustainable futures, who is keen to draw upon the resources of CAT and to enter into a dialogue with the public.

Applicants must demonstrate:
•    Creative originality and professionalism in their work.
•    An understanding and desire to work with the public as part of their creative practice
•    Ideas for innovative ways to respond to opportunities to work within CAT
•    Dynamic and inspiring ideas about how they would use this opportunity to develop their practice and how they intend to meet the aims

The Residency Studio is on the main site of CAT, Machynlleth

The artist will be paid £24,000 in four instalments. This fee is inclusive of all travel costs, living expenses, and studio equipment and materials.

How to apply
To apply for the residency please send a project proposal (no longer than two sides of A4). You should state why you are interested in the opportunity at CAT and the relevance to your practice. Proposals should be dynamic, ambitious and inspiring – pushing at the boundaries of contemporary creative practice. In addition please provide a current CV, two letters of support and up to 8 images or up to 10 minutes of film or video your work if appropriate. All work should be numbered and include title, date, dimension and media. When sending files please note that due to bandwidth restriction in the area CAT email can only receive files under 4mb in size, so for larger sized files please provide hyperlinks to online files or a dropbox containing the files.Please email your proposal to .

Selection process
•    A panel of representatives from the Centre for Alternative Technology and  the Arts Council of Wales.
•    Shortlisted candidates will be expected to present their ideas and vision for what the residency will deliver
•    Applicants will be short-listed from the images and supporting information and those selected will be invited for interview.
•    Interviews will take place at CAT on 23rd July 2012.
•    Candidates must be available for interview on this date.
•    If you have any queries regarding the recruitment process, you can email CAT via

CAT the host will provide:
•    A residency co-ordinator/manager Paul Allen (ZCB Project Director)
•    Dedicated studio space
•    Access to relevant people and ZCB research materials (by negotiation with the residency manager)
•    Appropriate space on site for engaging CAT visitors / schools, use of WISE ( to be agreed with Residency manager)
•    Link to CAT website for ongoing progress with work (blog etc...) and presentation of final work,
•    Provide assistance in locating accommodation

Expectation of the residency
We would like to achieve a balance of benefits for the artist, the public and CAT.
The artist will be expected to:
•    Engage in developing and delivering public-facing activities
•    Present work in progress in their studio or on site
•    Undertake a programme of activities with the public, and online
•    Contribute to the process of dissemination via the CAT & the Arts Council of Wales website
•    Provide feedback for the purposes of evaluation
•    Work within CAT’s Health and Safety policy

CAT hopes this residency experience is only the beginning of a longer relationship and will bear fruit for years to come through influencing subsequent works.

Contact details

For any enquiries contact us on 01564 705955 or 01654 705958 or email

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