Chai and the City Ceramic Residency

Artcore is proud to announce Chai and the City, an arts programme celebrating the reciprocal influences of India and Britain in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence.

Curatorial Notes for Chai Exhibition:

Tea is a drink that is enjoyed in both the UK and India alike. However, both countries have very different ‘traditions’ associated with tea-drinking, the way tea is prepared, and the way it is enjoyed. Indian tea production exports many varieties of tea to the UK.
Chai is the popular name for Indian tea – a strong, milky, sweet, boiled beverage often spiced with grated fresh ginger root, easily available at roadside tea-stalls that dot the urban Indian landscape.
This exhibition, Chai and the City, celebrates the ritual of tea-drinking in the UK and India and its socio-cultural popularity. It is intended to provoke exploration, inviting current artists to investigate the notion of tea. Inspiration for the sculptural form can be drawn from tea accoutrements such as cups, kettle, tea bush, tea cosies and it’s associations such as tea gardens, the Boston Tea Party (political), the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (Alice in Wonderland), along with the national, regional and personal narratives built around it.

About the Residency:

The Chai exhibition is based on a residency programme exploring the cultural and historical aspects of tea [or Chai], showcasing the work of 15 art practitioners. 10 India based artists will explore the rich tradition of artists’ books creating painted and printed artworks, recounting stories of tea production and consumption. 5 East Midlands based artists will explore British traditions of pottery and ceramics.

As part of the Chai exhibition. Artcore is offering five* emerging and established regional ceramic artists the opportunity of a 3-week studio based residency as part of the Chai and the City Programme. The residencies will take place at Artcore, in heart of Derby city. * Two of the five residencies are for recent Derby graduates.

The artists will work in a shared studio space, enabling discussion, interaction and collaboration. Each artist will be given a bursary to develop a body of 3 dimensional work to be exhibited in cabinets (approx.4ft x 5ft each) at Derby’s Pickford’s House Museum.

The Chai Exhibition celebrates the ritual of tea-drinking in the UK and India and links its socio-cultural popularity with that of Britain’s colonial rule over India. The proposal for this residency needs to respond to this concept.

What we offer:

For the 3 week residency, each ceramic artist will receive:

• Artists’ bursary of £500 for exhibition ready work
• Exhibition of work at Pickford’s House Museum
• Artist blog
• Artist talks
• Opportunity to exhibit the work along with other contemporary artists
• Opportunity to deliver workshops/projects
• Publicity and marketing support

What we expect:

Interested Artist’s submissions should include the following documents:
• A written proposal, outlining a response to the overall aim of the project (1 side of A4)
• An artist statement
• Up to five images of recent artworks, indicating the medium and size
• An up to date CV explaining relevant experience
• Proof of public liability insurance.

Each application will be scored against the following selection criteria:
• Concept and potential project ideas and the brief
• Relevant experience of artist
• The possibility of finishing a body of work in two months

Deadline for Applications: Thursday 10th August 12 noon
Project Launch: Tuesday 15th August 12 noon
Residency dates: Monday 21st August – Friday 8th September 2017

If you are interested and would like more information please call: 01332 384 561 or email:

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Contact Name

Antionette Sacco

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Start Date

10th August 2017

Closing Date

8th September 2017