€10,000 RENSEP Award for New Contemporary Artwork
Research Network for the Study of Esoteric Practices (RENSEP), a leading non-profit association dedicated to advancing collaborations between artists and researchers, is working in partnership with Arts University Plymouth (AUP) to offer the first RENSEP Artist’s Award. This award aims to support the production of new artistic work, with a focus on esoteric practices.
The selected artist, who will be chosen by a panel with specialist art/curatorial expertise, representing both RENSEP and Arts University Plymouth, will receive a monetary award of €10,000 as well as negotiated access to production facilities and support at Arts University Plymouth. This award is a significant opportunity to support the production of new work by an artist in any medium or area of art practice.
A student using the facilities in our print making studio.
RENSEP are keen to support contemporary endeavours across diverse mediums, such as digital, installation, performative, film, sound, image and text, painting, and print-making. The envisioned outcome involves the presentation of the completed work to a broader audience through various channels, including traditional gallery exhibitions, performances, screenings, online exhibitions, or publications.
Arts University Plymouth will provide access to facilities, equipment, and mentoring as needed. While the selected artist is not required to take residency in Plymouth during the award period, visits to the city would be necessary should they choose to utilise production facilities and equipment at Arts University Plymouth.
Artist Simon Bayliss uses the facilities in our craft studios to create work for his South West Showcase Show at Arts University Plymouth in 2018.
Proposal outlining plans for the work (1500 words maximum) with relevant visual material.
Up to ten examples of previous work submitted via a Google Drive link.
Clear demonstration of the esoteric dimension in the artist's practice.
RENSEP will host three online information sessions on 27 September, 26 October, and 28 November, at 4pm UK time. Attendance at one of these sessions is strongly encouraged for potential participants, providing an opportunity to ask questions about the award and the application process.
To register for one of the online information sessions please email: info@RENSEP.org stating which meeting you wish to attend and you will receive an invitation.
The closing date for applications is 30 November 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.
All questions and applications should only be sent to submissions@RENSEP.org
Our large fashion studio offers a light-filled space with panoramic sea views.
€10,000 monetary award for the production of new work.
Negotiated access to AUP's production facilities and equipment.
Mentoring by Professor Judith Noble (RENSEP/AUP).
Opportunity to present work at a conference on "The Aesthetics of Esoteric Practices" in Venice, November 2024.
Public outreach, including a blog post for RENSEP and participation in online and media activities.
Application deadline: 30 November 2023.
Selection: December 2023/January 2024.
Award period: 2024, concluding at the end of the year.
RENSEP and AUP are excited about the potential of this award to contribute to the exploration of esoteric practices within contemporary art. The collaboration reflects a commitment to supporting artists and fostering new perspectives in the artistic and research communities.
For more information, please visit www.rensep.org/rensep-artists-award