Corridor8 piloted its first residency partnership programme with The Tetley, supported by Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired, Leeds Art Fund and Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society in 2016. Since then the model has gone from strength to strength, meeting a growing demand for critical and creative writing in the North of England, and recognising that writers need resources and support to sustain and develop their practice. Content is evolved collectively, with writers working in collaboration with curators, editors and designers, with online and print publications providing much needed advocacy for visual arts across the regions.
Corridor8 has worked with a number of partner organisations to deliver residency and commissioning programmes, including Leeds Arts University (2016-19), serf Studios, Castlefield Gallery and The International 3 (2016/17), Humber Street Gallery (2017/18), Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network, Yorkshire Sculpture International and Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2019). Conversations are underway with a number of organisations across the North to develop bespoke residencies and commissions.
Larger residency programmes normally include a public events programme developed in conversation with partner organisations, a printed publication with contributions by new and established writers, and a mentoring scheme for the writer-in-residence. Micro residencies allow a writer to spend a shorter amount of time in an organisation or venue, producing a feature-length piece of writing for the Corridor8 website (print optional). Each residency is a chance for an organisation to deepen and enrich their programming through critical and creative dialogue.
To find out more, browse our current and past residencies. Contact Lara Eggleton if you’re interested in hosting one of your own.