Artist-in-Residence, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

As part of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project, the British Library is hosting an Artist-in Residence. The artist’s work will be inspired by the sound archives and open the collections to new audiences by collaborating with a chosen community organisation or charity working with adults or young people.

If the history and diversity of sound fascinates you, and you would be interested in researching and bringing sound recordings to new audiences in innovative and engaging ways: we are keen to hear from you. We welcome your proposal on how you would respond to the sound collections to produce an outcome collaboratively with your chosen community organisation or charity.

The Artist-in-Residence will have the opportunity to:

  • Research and select material, inspired by the British Library’s sound collections.
  • Bring new interpretations to the sound collections and present them in unique and exciting ways.
  • Shape and deliver a creative collaborative project with a community group or organisation.

The UOSH residency is aimed at early career UK-based artists who have a proven experience of working on sound based projects in collaboration with community groups or members of the public.

How to apply:

To be eligible, applicants must live and work in the UK, and must have experience of working in any artistic practice (either professionally or voluntarily) for at least 3 years

For more info visit for full details of the brief and how to apply.

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Deadline for all applications, is 12pm Monday 17 June 2019

We particularly encourage applications from artists from underrepresented or marginalised groups including those who identify as BAME, LGBTQ+ and/or having disabilities or long-term health conditions.

17 Jun 2019