Loose Joints Publishing and the Mahler & LeWitt Studios are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for artists who work with both performance and photography, in partnership with Webber Gallery.
Publishing Performance is an opportunity to develop an artist’s practice through a residency and publishing award. The opportunity includes a month in residence from June–July 2022 at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, where the winner will be able to develop work for a book, which will be edited, designed and published by Loose Joints in Summer 2023, including launch exhibitions at Webber Gallery, London, and Ensemble, Marseille.
Applications have now closed for 2022. You can discover the 2022 winner here, alongside our seven shortlist artists for the award.
We particularly invite applications from artists who are interested in exploring new ways of sharing their practice that engage directly with performance and photography: whether through choreography and the body; through staging and fictional narratives; through notions of voyeurism and control; or through collaborating with the camera to record interventions and gestures. We are also interested in the opposite: artists with established backgrounds in live performance, choreography and dance that are interested by incorporating visual techniques into their practice. Proposals can be to develop and refine a project already in progress; to spend time researching and developing an idea; or to embark on a completely new body of work.
A limited-edition set of three silkscreen editions by Luis Alberto Rodriguez will also raise funds for the award. For more information and to purchase, click here.
- Loose Joints is an award-winning independent publishing house and design studio based in Marseille, France, where it also runs Ensemble: a bookshop and gallery showcasing contemporary photography.
- Mahler & LeWitt Studios offers a program of artist residencies and projects using the former studios of stone sculptor Anna Mahler and conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, as well as the Torre Bonomo.
- Webber is a contemporary gallery and photography agency in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, dedicated to celebrating progressive forms of photography.
- The selection committee comprises artist Luis Alberto Rodriguez, publishers Loose Joints (Lewis Chaplin and Sarah Piegay Espenon), Mahler & LeWitt Studios curator Guy Robertson, Webber director Chantal Webber and artist and editor Mahmoud 'Mo' Mfinanga.
The award includes:
- Up to thirty-five days in residence at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, including independent accommodation and studio space, 06 June–12 July 2022.
- 30 euros per diem during the residency period.
- Residency production budget (up to 500 euros).
- Round-trip travel, excluding transfers.
- Curatorial support: mentoring and feedback from the Mahler & LeWitt Studios during residency period.
- Editorial support: development and editing of a book to be designed and published by Loose Joints in 2023.
- In-person development sessions with Loose Joints and Webber while artist-in-residence.
- Exhibition/book launch event in London, UK and Marseille, FR.
- Artists with practices that engage with the concepts and methodologies of performance.
- Proposals that directly engage with photography as part of their outcome.
- Professionals who are at any stage in their careers but who are not currently in higher education.
- People of any age or nationality.
- The successful applicant will be able to attend the residency in Spoleto, Italy, and be eligible to travel according to any international requirements.
Expectations of the resident:
- We expect the applicant to commit to a period of research and development at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios.
- Participation in an informal Open Studios event at the close of the residency, where work-in-progress may be shared with our audiences.
- As part of the process of evaluating the residency and reflecting on their work in Spoleto, each resident is asked to develop a contribution to an end-of-year Mahler & LeWitt Studios publication, made available online and in print. Previous contributions have included interviews with the curator, texts, original artworks or a combination of all three.
- To work collaboratively after the residency and enter into a publishing agreement with Loose Joints. To collaborate on concept, edit, sequence and design of a publication, released Spring/Summer 2023.
- 24 January 2022: Submission opening
- 01 March 2022: Submission deadline
- 7 March 2022: Public shortlist announcement (five shortlisted artists)
- 10 March 2022: Winner notified
- 20 May 2022: Public winner announcement
- 6 June–12 July 2022: Residency period
- Summer 2023: Book published by Loose Joints