TAKING PART: Participatory Artist In Residence programme

Photofusion host four 90-day residencies for emerging participatory lens-based artists.

Photofusion Community

Photofusion is a hub for photographers of all backgrounds in South London. Working in a diverse and challenging borough since 1992, Photofusion has a proud history of community engagement including work with local schools, young offenders, social housing associations and elders groups.

Alongside a strong engagement programme, Photofusion is a confluence point for photographic artists and photographers who use their facilities including studio, darkroom and digital facilities. Wider engagement with Photofusion is through their public gallery space and public talks programme, which in recent months have included exhibition of Shirley Baker’s On The Beach series, and Kazuma Obara’s Silent Histories show.

In June Photofusion was awarded funding from Arts Council England for a Participatory Artist In Residence programme. Photofusion wishes to draw on their expertise in artist development and community photographic practice and host four 90-day residencies for emerging participatory lens-based artists.

Residents on the programme will have access to the residents’ studio space; access to photographic facilities; mentoring and support from Anthony Luvera; and practical support from our Community Programmes department. At the end of the residencies, the Artists will have an exhibition at Photofusion and contribute to a series of public talks.

This is a pilot programme, so is experimental in tone. Photofusion have purposefully left the brief and aims of the programme broad to attract diverse candidates with distinct views and approaches to participatory practice.

As part of the residency each artist will receive:

– Mentorship from Anthony Luvera
– Full access to Photofusion’s analogue and digital facilities
– Regular support from the Community Programmes and technical
– A stipend of £2,400 and a small materials budget
– A group show


A long-list of candidates will be invited to attend a participatory arts workshop at Photofusion on Saturday 10th September 2016. This workshop hosted by Anthony Luvera will give candidates an opportunity to learn more about participatory art and receive support and guidance on developing their full proposal for the Taking Part programme.

After the workshop, applicants will have until 20th September to prepare their full proposal for submission for consideration by a selection panel.



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