Natus Artist Development 2020-2022

Now in it's third year, our artist development programme aims to nurture the artist community in Greater Manchester, through a programme of residencies, commissions, and workshop facilitation opportunities. This page will feature the work we do with artists from 2020-2022, alongside information on upcoming paid opportunities.


Wigan STEAM Residency Programme 2020 - 21

Six day residency followed by a solo exhibition

Artist Fee: £1000

Materials Budget: £200

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 13th September

As we go into the third year of our artist development programme, we are excited to announce five residency opportunities, intended to support artists to develop new work as well as provide the local community with high quality arts experiences. 


During the residency, artists will spend the time in a way that is most beneficial to them and their practice, with the objective of showing work in the gallery during the following month. Artists will be required to work for a minimum of six days, with the exhibition following the residency period.


We would usually plan for selected artists to work in our gallery space as an open studio, however due to the current situation this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with the option of working from home/studio if preferred. 


The residencies are intended to provide artists with:

  • The time and space to research and develop new work

  • The opportunity to work on their public engagement skills with support from experienced facilitators 

  • Support with new methods of making such as digital technology, ceramics, textiles, and other fabrication processes such as 3D printing and laser cutting

  • A solo exhibition, and the chance to produce high quality documentation of their work 


During each residency artists will also be required to deliver at least two hours of public engagement work such as a workshop as part of their project, and one other engagement event such as a workshop, talk, or performance to take place during the exhibition period. We are particularly keen for selected artists to use this public engagement time to engage with local schools during the residency. These events may take place in an online or other alternative format, dependent upon the situation regarding Covid-19.


In order for the residency to be as beneficial for artists as possible there are no limitations on theme for the proposed work. We instead ask that artists consider what would benefit them most from undertaking the residency and tailor the proposed work for this purpose. We also ask that artists bear in mind that a large percentage of our audience are children, and therefore to be mindful of this when considering proposed work. 


Shortlisted artists will be required to undertake a short interview with two members of the Wigan STEAM team before a final decision is made.


The residencies will take place from Autumn 2020 - Summer 2021. Dates will be discussed with shortlisted candidates. 


The artist must have a DBS certificate and their own public liability insurance. 


Please note that we cannot cover travel or accommodation expenses, so it is recommended that applicants are based within an appropriate travelling distance of Wigan STEAM.


To apply, please fill in this google form.

Deadline Midnight Sunday 13th September