Clare Thornton

Open call for the Clare Thornton Memorial Residency (CTMR)

Artist opportunity

for a mid career artist to undertake a period of experimental work in Plymouth. The artist should have an affinity with Clare’s work. There is a £2,500 fee and £1,650 budget for expenses.
We are now inviting applications for the first of two residency opportunities made possible by funds left by the late artist Clare Thornton and the subsequent monies raised through a successful CTMR Crowdfunder campaign.

It was Clare’s wish that these funds be used to support a residency opportunity in Plymouth for a mid career artist, such as herself. The residency aims to provide the successful applicants with the time, space, funds and critical engagement to develop and resolve new work. Thanks to the overwelming support the crowdfunder recieved Clare’s legacy will support two residency opportunities, without any additional public funds, over two consecutive years.

Read about Clare and her work

It was Clare’s original hope that CTMR would be hosted at her former studio home at KARST. Unfortunately, due to developments at KARST, it is not possible at this time. However, we are delighted to announce a new collaboration with the newly launched 37 Looe Street, which was the former home of Plymouth Arts Centre and the site for Clare’s much loved final solo show, Materials of Resistance. For us, this new residency space maintains a natural affinity to Clare, her work and her legacy.

37 Looe Street is located in the historic Barbican, in the heart of the city, and will offer a ground-floor double-fronted shop window and studio space plus a first-floor workshop/office space for the chosen artist, alongside other events and residencies being hosted there. The space is already beginning to host events for CAMP (Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth) and has an evolving programme that will connect artists, writers and thinkers from across the world. 37 Looe Street is committed to supporting, producing and exhibiting creative arts that critically engage with questions of heritage, and to heritage projects that critically engage with the creative arts.

CAMP is a new member-led network for the creative and visual arts community in Devon and Cornwall, including artists, producers, curators and arts writers. With over 70 members the chosen artist will also be supported by their programme of talks, crits, supper clubs and study groups to enable them to fully connect with the creative community in the city and beyond.

The Clare Thornton Memorial Residency is offering:

  • Free, 24/7 access to a studio space at 37 Looe Street for a minimum of 25 days over June/July/August 2020 Note: this may be spread over several months, based on the successful artist’s own needs as balanced against those of 37 Looe Street

  • An artist fee for the residency of £2500

  • A budget of up to £1650 for other expenses including materials, childcare, travel, accommodation etc.

  • Associate Membership of CAMP enabling access to their programme (apart from paid opportunities) during residency period.

  • Bespoke opportunities for peer critique with CAMP members and any visiting artists/curators that CAMP has programmed in during the residency period

  • A studio visit with Plymouth based curator Ben Borthwick (Tate Britain, Artes Mundi, Plymouth Arts Centre)

  • Residency support by an external artist/producer based in Plymouth

Who can apply

The residency is open to those artists who consider themselves to be ‘mid-career’ and have an affinity to Clare’s practice. Applications are welcome from individuals working in all areas of contemporary visual and live art practice. You need to be a professional artist who has been making work for a minimum of 7 years and may be based in the UK or internationally.

How to apply for the first residency in 2020

Please provide the following in your application:

  • An artist statement (max. 200 words)

  • A CV in pdf format with links to images and video (embedded). Please provide timecodes to specific points in video as we will only be able to view a maximum of 3mins in this format.

  • A breakdown of how you might use the funds available eg. travel, childcare, accommodation, materials etc.
  • A proposal (max. 500 words) outlining how you intend to best utilise the time and funds available. We understand the time constraints and financial pressures which artists face and are therefore open to working with the successful applicant to devise a residency that is flexible and best suits their needs and desired outcomes. To begin this process please include within your proposal:

  1. A plan of how and when you intend to use the space and resources
  2. What you intend to experiment with during the residency

  3. Why CTMR in particular might offer the right conditions for you and your work

Applications should be submitted by email via by midday Monday 27th January, 2020.

NB: this email address is monitored every few days by an administrator so please bear with us regarding enquiries, however we will email to confirm receipt of your application.

The selection panel includes:

Dr. Angela Piccini, Artist, Curator/Producer & Academic, Co-Director of 37 Looe Street
Emily Speed, Artist
Cheryl Jones, Co-Director, Grand Union, Birmingham
Dane Watkins, Artist & Clare’s Husband

NB: due to being a small team we are unfortunately unable to give feedback about individual applications.

Important dates

The deadline for applications is by 12pm midday on Monday 27th January, 2020.
The successful applicant will be informed by Monday 9th March, 2020.
The residency must take place between June 2020 and August 2020.

If you require any additional information please contact Nemia Maclachlan via