Call to Artists – New Residency Opportunity


2017 Residency Call Out

We are delighted to announce new residency opportunities for 2017 / 2018.

UZ Arts is inviting submissions from artists from any discipline to take part in a new Artists Residency at Sura Medura.

The Sura Medura Residency Programme supports artists from all disciplines in the creation of work that is enhanced by being made in Sri Lanka.

This opportunity is open to Scotland based artists or artists whose work will benefit the people of Scotland.

There are two residency periods available, each of six weeks. The first between 31st October 2017 and 10th December 2017, and the second between 12th February 2018 and 26th March 2018. Artists can apply to take part in either one of these six-week blocks.

The residency offers artists the chance to produce and present a new piece of work that responds to the environment of Sura Medura and Sri Lanka. Artists are encouraged to present their artistic practice at the beginning of their stay through our partnership with Colombo University of Visual and Performing Arts and to engage with the artistic community in Sri Lanka. At the end of their stay there will be an opportunity for artists to present the outcome of their residency, for example through exhibition, screening or performance.   UZ Arts will also seek to present the outcomes of residencies in Scotland in 2018.

This artist call is funded through Creative Scotland.

Suramedura is also funded by the pan-European network Insitu and by Arts Council England. One of the benefits of this support is that the residency often hosts artists from several countries during a residency block.

The six-weeks residency block comprises of 4 weeks in which the artists can work on their own projects, followed by 2 weeks when the artists will work collaboratively to create work to be presented

The residency programme will cover travel, food and accommodation costs for artists and includes a fee of £2,000 to cover all material and production costs for work produced.


The residency environment is challenging but very rewarding. We recommend applicant to research Sri Lankan information sites and the blogs of previous artists



To apply, please send:

–           CV

–           A maximum of 5 images, or a 5 minute video or a 5 minute audio, of your work

–           A short project proposal (max. 250 words) for the residency.

–           An indication of availability between either October and December 2017, and/or February and March 2018.


Please send to

The deadline for submissions is Friday 18th August.

Shortlisted artists will be invited for interview on 29th August.

Elected artists will be informed by 1st September.

Once selected artists are offered mentorship in advance of their visit to support the development of their project proposal.

The residency opportunity is supported by Creative Scotland.