Deadline for applications: 1 April 2023
Online information session: 8 March 2023, 4pm
The Society of Antiquaries of London has partnered with Heritage Crafts to call for Heritage Crafts member craftspeople to submit expressions of interest in becoming the 2023 Maker in Residence (MiR) at Kelmscott Manor, the former home of internationally renowned writer, designer-craftsman, conservationist and revolutionary socialist, William Morris.
For 25 years everything about the 17th-century Manor was of profound inspiration to William Morris. Both the Manor and its setting in rural Oxfordshire were a fertile source of ideas, influencing his art, literature and social thinking as well as his passionate, imaginative engagement with history and nature. Integral to Morris’s ethos was his tireless championing of heritage crafts and the handmade. Morris’s values have never been more relevant than they are today.
As part of the Society of Antiquaries’ NLHF-funded £6 million Kelmscott and Morris: Past, Present and Future project, the Kelmscott Manor residency is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to reflect Morris’s advocacy of the handmade and contribute to his legacy by playing a distinctive part in the Manor’s programme of public engagement.
This year (2023) will see the first of three residencies by members of Heritage Crafts. The project presents an opportunity to showcase heritage crafts in an iconic rural setting visited annually by over 27,000 people. At the heart of the ‘new’ Kelmscott Manor is a determination to reflect William Morris’s inclusivity: ‘I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few or freedom for a few’, by building its appeal and accessibility to a wider base of audiences through providing the richest experience possible.
What we are looking for
William Morris once described Kelmscott Manor’s beauty and atmosphere as very stimulating to the imagination. We are seeking an MiR who will be as inspired by it as Morris was over 150 years ago, and who can inspire and enthuse others by encouraging creative engagement. The MiR will be a professional working in the broad field of heritage craft; we are keen to emphasise to potential applicants that our interest is not limited to practitioners of one of the crafts Morris himself was interested in or practiced.
The MiR will be a practitioner with the ability to recognise and mediate the unique qualities of Kelmscott and the legacy of Morris’s life and work here. It is important that they have excellent communication skills and enjoy working with people. Experience of working in an educational context would be an advantage. The MiR will need to adapt to working on a small and busy site; although they will wherever possible be supported by staff and/or volunteers, they must also be confident in working on their own.
What we’ll ask of you
- a commitment to work in residence at Kelmscott Manor, responding creatively to the Manor and/or its site and setting;
- a commitment of 25 days (to include getting to know the estate and collections, preparing and creating work, and scheduled attendance on site between June and the end of October 2023);
- to provide a minimum of 4 family-friendly workshops on Open Days (Thur, Fri, Sat);
- to provide a minimum of 4 demonstrations on Open Days (Thur, Fri, Sat);
- to provide a minimum of 2 workshops for school or community groups (Mon, Tues) or produce resources for use by those groups;
- to work in collaboration with the Manor to create one digital asset; and
- to create one asset to be retained by the Manor (in the collections, including Learning & Outreach) or for disposal for fundraising purposes to benefit the Learning & Outreach Programme.
The successful applicant will be offered a Residency over a period of five months (June to the end of October 2023). This is an exciting opportunity for the MiR to foster a wider understanding of their craft and its heritage significance, to develop their practice and create new work whilst based at a site of international renown.
- The MiR will be paid a fee of £300 per day (a proportion of the fee can be paid in advance)
- £2,500 is available towards the cost of materials
- An additional £1,000 is available towards travel/accommodation (to be claimed retrospectively on a monthly basis)
- The MiR will be provided with a (fully accessible) small studio space with sink in the Learning Barn at the Manor.
The pattern for the residency is entirely flexible and will depend on the successful proposal. We ask that a substantial proportion of time will be spent in or around the Manor and site. As the Manor is a Grade I Listed Building certain site restrictions may apply. The project partners will seek to facilitate the MiR’s wishes where possible; however these restrictions should be recognised from the outset.
The majority of the buildings have step-free access, including the Learning Barn where the MiR will have their studio space. There is step-free access to the ground floor of the Manor, but access to the upper floors are via stairs only. We are committed to supporting any access requirements of the MiR and ensuring that there are no barriers to participation in the residency.
An agreement setting out the residency outcomes and commitments will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate in advance of the residency commencing. A DBS check will be required.
On a day-to-day basis the project will be managed by Hannah Britton (Learning & Outreach Officer) and Kathy Haslam (Curator).
- Online information session about Kelmscott Manor and the Residency – 8 March 2023, 4pm to 5pm (email email@example.com to book your place)
- Deadline for applications – 1 April 2023
- Interviews (to be held at Kelmscott Manor) – 18 April 2023
- Appointment of MiR – 21 April 2023
- Residency period – flexible between June and end of October 2023
Who is eligible to apply
- Residents of the UK
- Aged 18 and above
- Member of Heritage Crafts (click here to become a member for £20 a year)
- With at least 3 years’ experience in your chosen craft
We will be running an information session to provide more details about Kelmscott Manor and Morris’ legacy, and to answer any of your questions, on Zoom on Wednesday 8 March 2023, 4pm to 5pm. To attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org for joining details.
Your application should consist of a 1-page proposal, a 1-page curriculum vitae and up to 6 images of recent work. Please also include the name and address of two referees, at least one of whom should be a professional contact.
Please ensure your application email has ‘Maker in Residence’ in the subject line and that it is sent to both of the contact emails specified here. The deadline for applications is 1 April 2023. If you encounter any difficulties with the application process, please contact Kathy or Hannah via email or telephone on 01367 252486.