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Dates: Early summer 2023
Level: Established

Deadline for Submissions: Tuesday 6th December 11.59pm

This residency is an exciting opportunity for a poet interested in working collaboratively and in digital media to be given space and time to work on their own writing, as well as take part in an innovative project with Manchester’s leading arts organisation Quarantine.

This three-week residency taking place in early summer 2023 will immerse the selected poet in one of England’s busiest cultural hubs. During their time in Manchester, this poet will be invited to work with artists Lisa Mattocks and Lowri Evans. Lisa Mattocks (lead artist) is a digital artist and coder and has been making work with Quarantine since 2011. Lowri Evans is based in Manchester and São Paulo, Brazil. She makes intimate art projects in unusual places with complete strangers.

During the residency, the poet will take part in an interactive experiment with live writing featuring real-time observations of members of the public, combined with commentary/writing about current global news events. The poet will craft these into live writing – which will be projected in real-time – onto locally significant buildings, a wall in a small cafe or at a train station platform. All the content will be streamed via a custom-built website for an online audience but will also attract an in-situ 'live' audience. The aim is to develop a framework and content for the first version in Manchester, that could be repeatable in other locations. We have been in touch with Galway City Council Arts Office which has expressed an interest in becoming involved as a collaborator and presenter of the work.

As the residency will involve working in close artistic collaboration, it is expected that some conversations will take place over Zoom with the fellow artists Lisa Mattocks and Lowri Evans prior to the in-person residency.

The poet will have their flights to and accommodation in Manchester covered. They will be provided with a writing space in Manchester city centre to work on a current project. The poet will also receive a bursary of €2,000 to enable them to fully engage with the three-week residency.

The ideal recipient for this residency will have a strong interest in interdisciplinary work with a passion for working collaboratively. This poet should be flexible, people-focused, and confident enough to both receive and contribute to ideas.

About Quarantine

From a shared curry with a stranger to an epic 12-hour performance featuring 24 workers – each Quarantine work takes its own unique form.  We’ve invited audiences to sing a karaoke duet with a serving soldier, staged dance marathons, compiled an online compendium of knowledge, made films with people who know they are dying, hosted family parties, taught Chinese cookery lessons and created a journey in the dark for one person at a time.  As well as staging theatre on stage for audiences in seats…

Our work responds to the world around us, and what’s happening in our own lives. Each new work finds its own form – playing with and dismantling conventions of how theatre should be made and experienced.  But it always comes back to the live encounter: creating the circumstances for an exchange between people who might not otherwise meet.

Quarantine was started in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea – who still lead the company today – with designer Simon Banham.  We operate as an ensemble of artists and producers working with a shifting constellation of creative collaborators.  We’re rooted in Manchester, UK, and make and tour work around the world – work that is intimate and immediate in its relationship with people and global in reference, scope, and ambition.

Lisa Mattocks (lead artist) is a digital artist and coder and has been making work with Quarantine since 2011. Lisa has made films, trailers, websites, written essays, performed in shows. She has been a stage manager, a technician, a co-deviser, a conductor, a typesetter, a producer, a collaborator, a lead artist, a video programmer and a graphic designer.  Lisa has a history of creating work in collaboration with others and her own work has been commissioned and presented by Sick! Festival, LeftCoast, Manchester Metropolitan University, Contact, and Noorderzon Festival (NL) & collaborated on work for Compass Arts Festival (Leeds), In Between Time (Bristol), MIF (Manchester), ICA (London), Sibfest (Romania) & ACT (Bilbao),

Lowri Evans (lead artist) is based in Manchester and São Paulo, Brazil. She makes intimate art projects in unusual places with complete strangers. Lowri studied art at Manchester Metropolitan University and has worked with Quarantine on several projects, and also with: MITsp, coletiva Ocupação, Transform Festival, Contact, Est.1761, WOW Festival, Martha Kiss Perrone, 32ª Bienal de São Paulo, Capital 35, Heart of Glass, Casa do Povo, Sonia Hughes, Latitude Festival, Ovalhouse & National Theatre of Scotland.  Lowri won a Manchester Theatre Award in 2015 for The Shrine of Everyday Things with Renato Bolelli Rebouças, Rodolfo Amorim and Contact Young Company. Lowri is also an associate artist with Eggs Collective, the international producer for Coletiva Ocupação and in the band Hotpants Romance.

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