This residency is a collaborative project between the Arts Council of Wales, Stamp and Addo.

Bursary: £1,000 for 1 month starting in July 2017

Deadline for applications: 20th June 2017

We are inviting applications from artists and makers with a collaborative/ participative approach to undertake this residency based at the forge at Gefail yr Ynys in Caernarfon.

The residency seeks to investigate the potential of Gefail yr Ynys as a resource and arts space for Caernarfon. Working with the wider community, and in particular with members of CARN (Caernarfon Arts Regeneration Network) a group of artists, organisations and community members interested in the continuing development of the arts in Caernarfon, the residency aims to highlight the wider importance of arts practice in Welsh society. Further information on CARN can be found at

The Artist

The Gwynedd-based artist/designer/maker will be someone interested in working within the forge setting, but not necessarily an experienced metalworker. We are interested in receiving proposals from artists with an emerging or early-career practice interested in contemporary craft, environment, architecture or design who are seeking experience of working with others to develop ideas. An ethos of collaborative practice and engagement is uppermost.

This opportunity is open to Gwynedd-based artists and makers.


This residency is part of Stamp – a three-year project supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ Ideas: People: Places strategic programme, which aims to test new models of regeneration and collaboration through the arts ( places/stamp?diablo.lang=eng). The project has attracted Heritage Lottery Funding to redevelop the Slate Island site’s largely derelict buildings, of which Gefail yr Ynys is one, into a new artisan quarter.

The programme at Gefail yr Ynys seeks to test models of delivery of community metalworking facilities within Caernarfon and environs, while demonstrating both a demand for these facilities and offering a viable business model. An opportunity to expand contemporary arts practice and thinking in the area is inherent within the project.

The Site

The artist will be provided with a flexible space within Gefail yr Ynys, which could be used as a studio/ workspace/ meeting space /gallery. Other, temporary sites in Caernarfon may also become available to use during the course of the project.

Gefail yr Ynys was the home of Brunswick ironworks from 1906 for over a century until they moved to larger premises on the edge of town. Facilities today comprise of two forges and a welding area for metal working, a jewellery making tent, a tent for meetings and presentations ,a range of equipment for basic metal-working workshops including welding equipment, anvils, jewellery benches and small hand tools.

The town of Caernarfon has a long history, settled since prehistoric times. It is famous for Celtic tribes, the Roman fort at Segontium and Caernarfon Castle, one of the largest and most imposing fortifications built by the English in Wales. The castle and town walls are now part of a World Heritage Site and alongside Caernarfon’s harbour and marina make it the premier tourist destination on the North Wales coast. It has the largest percentage of Welsh-speaking citizens anywhere in Wales.

The Project

This project is the first of three residencies (each with a companion residency offered to an established, national or international artist). We aim to explore the possibilities of contemporary making in such a setting and draw attention to the development of the site as a community resource. The appointed artist will be a mentee of the established national/international artist and will assist them in sharing their practice with the wider arts community through events such as talks, exhibitions and demonstrations in addition to creating their own events and work. Local organization such as Antur Waunfawr, a leading social enterprise providing employment and training opportunities for people with learning disabilities in their own community and Gisda, which provide support and accommodation for homeless young people in the area will be key partners in the residency programme.

The proposal is therefore to engage an artist for a month-long period to work with a more established artist to build on links with external projects locally and regionally and work with Addo, CARN, and the wider community of Caernarfon in order to investigate some of these ideas.

The broader aims of the project are to raise the profile of Gefail yr Ynys, develop relationships between existing groups and project partners, exploring and developing ways in which artists may contribute to the development of the embryonic organisation and its facilities.


The material outcomes of the residency are open but may take the form of temporary artworks or proposals to explore and share the architectural history of the site through contemporary visual art. Events such as exhibitions, workshops, talks, seminars, and tours may be key elements within the project.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Creative originality and professionalism in their work
  • The ability and desire to work collaboratively with other artists, the public and other partners as part of their creative practice
  • A willingness to immerse themselves in the life and culture of the area
  • An ability to work in partnership and an understanding of the issues, concerns and opportunities this presents
  • The artist must be aware of and abide by the laws for working with children and vulnerable adults, should they undertake such work as part of the residency a DBS check will be required
  • In the event of manufacture/installation of artworks by the artist, the artist must demonstrate current and appropriate indemnity insurance relevant to the artist in person and to any object/s to be manufactured.


The selected artist will be paid in instalments to be agreed on appointment. This fee is inclusive of all travel costs, living expenses, and studio equipment & materials (other than those offered by the forge).

How to Apply

To apply for this residency, please send the following information to by 5pm 20th June 2017 marking your e-mail ‘AiR Early Career’:

  • Up to 10 digital images in a PDF document or a Powerpoint presentation, or a 10-minute (max) showreel. All work should be numbered and include, title, date, dimension and media;
  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A brief letter of application that broadly outlines why you are interested in this opportunity and how it is relevant to your practice;
  • Two letters of support.

When sending files large files (over 4MB), please provide hyperlinks to online files or a DropBox containing the files. Information submitted in other formats will not be accepted.

Please note that we do not require a firm project proposal at this stage as we anticipate that details of activity to be undertaken as part of the residency will be developed following a period of interaction with the area, community and key stakeholders. However, we are interest in how your current practice would benefit from a residency at Gefail yr Ynys and what drew you to making the application.

Selection Process: A panel of key stakeholders involved in the Gefail yr Ynys Project will shortlist candidates for interview from the applications received. Interviews will take place in Caernarfon on 27th June 2017. Candidates must be available for interview on this date. Up to £100 per artist will be available to cover travel expenses incurred by attending an interview. Interviews via Skype may be arranged. At interview, interviewees will be expected to speak in more detail about their work and working processes and the approach that they envisage taking towards the residency.

If you have any queries regarding the recruitment process, please email

Further Information:

Contact Details: For queries and further information, If you have any further queries about this opportunity, please contact: Tracy Simpson, Addo, 07890203218,