Ceramics Artist in Residence Opportunity

The Bur­ton at Bide­ford would like to sup­port an Artist in Res­i­dence to devel­op con­tem­po­rary work relat­ing to our collection.

17:00 01/11/23
Contact Name
Warren Collum
Accountable to: Exhibition and Collections Manager
Conditions: The terms of the contract will vary depending on the artist. The duration of the residency is 25 days and ideally will be completed by Spring 2024
Location of residence: Burton at Bideford, Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QQ. (Other areas TBC)
Fee: £3000
The residency provides a great opportunity for an artist to continue exploring and developing their artistic narrative in depth with our collection of ceramics. We would like the successful applicant to take inspiration from the RJ Lloyd Collection of North Devon Slipware, ceramic items within the Burton’s Collection and the heritage of this local industry.

This creative exploration will result in work/s that will have the potential to become part of the permanent collection, form part of a new exhibition scheduled for the exhibition programme 2024/2025, lead a new series of educational and community workshops and form part of the schools programme.

The successful artist will have access to items in the Collection held at the Burton at Bideford and use of space (where available) to do preliminary work. Due to the nature of the building we cannot offer a workshop space.


The Artist in Residence programme is flexible and will be developed and defined depending on the art form area and the artist’s level of experience and expertise. All areas of ceramics and interpretation will be considered and we encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

In addition the Artist in Residence may be expected to:

• Give talks about their work
• Participate in the evaluation of the residency
• Provide documentation on the residency experience for use in reports, presentations and social media
• Work alongside the Education & Engagement Manager to engage the process with learners
• Positively represent the Burton at Bideford

• This post is open to emerging artists, mid-career artists and highly experienced artists. Applicants should be professional artists with a proven interest in creating contemporary works.

• Artists must be based in the South West or willing to travel. No accommodation is provided during the residency.

Applicants will be expected to show a broad understanding of the work of the Burton at Bideford and the demographics of users of the gallery.

Skills and attributes:

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong interpersonal and team working skills
• Excellent organisational skills
• Proven interest in creative approaches to interpreting cultural works of art/objects.


Following the first month of the residency, the Artist in Residence will be invited to present the initial ideas. This meeting will also provide an opportunity for the Artist in Residence and the Burton at Bideford to discuss and resolve any issues that have arisen during the ‘settling in’ period.

For further information and how to apply

Please apply in writing using no more than four pages of A4 including information about your experience to date, why you have been/are now interested in making work for contemporary audiences, your initial ideas for the residency and how you propose community engagement. You can include appropriate supporting material to demonstrate the quality of your work – e.g. photographs, video clips, written material.

Applications should be emailed to: with the heading ‘Ceramic Artist Residency’.

Applicants will need to provide two references.

For further information, please contact:

The Burton at Bideford, Kingsley Road, Bideford EX39 2QQ. Tel. 01237 471455

Application Deadline: 1 November 2023

Interviews will be held at the Burton at Bideford, Devon, in November with a proposed start date of December 2023.