SPINE Festival 2020: Artist in Residence (Emerging)

We are seeking five dynamic emerging (associate) artists to be part of SPINE Festival 2020. This is an exciting festival in its sixth year, which takes place in various libraries across London, produced by Apples and Snakes and participating library partners. Five boroughs (Brent, Greenwich, Islington, Wandsworth and Westminster) wish to appoint a lead artist and an associate/emerging artist to be resident in one library in their borough during selected days in February/March, and during the festival from 5th to 14th March 2020.  We are seeking artists from a range of different creative disciplines including spoken word/literature, graphic arts, music, dance, visual and digital arts.

The theme of this year’s festival is Our World and we are interested to hear how you would plan to explore this theme of the environment and climate change with children and young people aged 0-18.

Each artist will spend their residency days in a variety of ways which might include workshops with school groups and after school, workshops for families and with the local community and providing training for library staff. The lead artist and associate artist will work together to plan and deliver the sessions. There will be 5 lead artists and 5 associate artists. We would like there to be a legacy as a result of the residency eg an exhibition, anthology, video/staff training session.

10 days (with a willingness to work evenings/weekends) including 1 day planning with library staff and lead artist, half a day promoting your workshops in local school/s, 8 days delivery at library, plus a half day evaluation meeting.  You must be available during February/March 2020.

Fee: £130 per day for emerging artists (including travel expenses).  We are keen to recruit artists who reflect the diverse communities within London.


  • Experience of working with children, young people and families.
  • An interest in/experience of libraries.
  • Experience of working with diverse communities.
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Ability to run creative engaging workshops around the environment
  • Experience of working as part of a team towards agreed goals
  • Ability to work on one’s own and work towards deadlines
  • Some digital/social media knowledge.
  • A current DBS and public liability insurance.

Please send a brief CV (max. 2 sides) plus covering letter (max 1 side) explaining what excites you about the role and how you would plan to use your time to explore the theme to info@applesandsnakes.org by midday Sunday 17 November 2019.  More info www.applesandsnakes.org

Interviews:  Week commencing December 2nd 2019.



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