Building on the success of ART-efact 2023 and with secured UK Shared Prosperity Funding Oswestry’s Cultural Connection, the group behind Love Oswestry, is delighted to launch ART-efact 2024.

Project 1 is built around the Gilbert and Gordon letters housed at the museum, which is reputed to be the largest collection of love letters from WWII. We are looking to work with SAND, Oswestry’s Pride in June, along with the young LGBTQ+ community in the town. Artists will also work with schools to highlight the struggles that Gilbert and Gordon would have faced at that time. For this project, we are looking for 2 artists/creatives from the local LGBTQ community.

Project 2 will focus on the Heritage Open Day theme of Routes – Networks – Connections. We are particularly interested in applications that explore the border town identity of Oswestry. Artists will work with and deliver workshops at Qube, Designs in Mind and with local schools. For this project, we are looking for 2 artists/creatives from all backgrounds.

Please send a CV of past work and projects and a cover letter explaining your practice, detailing which project you are applying for (1 or 2), and what you would like to work on and achieve during the ART-efact art residency. Submit 6-8 images and/or links to your work. We accept applications from all creative disciplines including music and sound, dance and performance, visual arts, textiles, sculpture, film, and moving images.

Submission deadline is 11.59 pm, Sunday 28 April. Final artist selection will be made by Wednesday 8 May 2024.

Application details can be found at ART-efact Linktree:

Please send your application to Holly Maries,

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