Artist Call Out

Out of the Box: Archive Residency 2016

The ‘Out of the box: Archives Residency’ is hosted by the Glamorgan Archives, supported by Warp and Made in Roath and facilitated by Art Shell. The residency aims to explore the Archives’ utilitarian conservation machinery and vast collection of diverse historical material held in their purpose-built building in Cardiff.

Light Box

During this eight week residency the artist will be able to explore the Archives’ material and experiment with making new work around their conservation machinery, which includes a ‘box making machine’ and ‘light wall’. The Archives will provide free studio space for the artist to work in and training on how to use the conservation machinery.

The residency will form a conversation between the artist, the Archives and it’s resources, the Archives staff, the public and other artists.  To support this a programme of activities has been designed around the residency, including a tour of the Archives and an ‘in-conversation’ talk. The residency aims to open up the Archives and extend their reach and visibility. The building has disabled access.

The artist’s interests and their work with the conservation machinery will lead the residency. However as a starting point we have listed some possible themes below:

  • Manufacture and machinery
  • Conservation and preservation
  • The social, historical and political role of the Archives, their purpose / function, which may amongst other things relate to the editing / decision-making processes in collection acquisition, the value of the Archives as a resource and public accessibility.

Applicants are invited to submit a CV, 3-5 images and one-page proposal detailing why they would like to undertake the residency and how they might carry it out. It is recommended that applicants visit the Archives prior to submitting the application (please contact the Archives directly to arrange a visit).


  • Deadline for applications 6pm Monday July 25th 2016
  • Applicants will find out whether they have been selected by August 2016
  • Residency duration is 8 weeks, September – October 2016

The selecting panel are made up of representatives from Art Shell, Warp, Made in Roath and the Glamorgan Archives.

FEE: £4000 (this includes all associated costs, fees, materials and travel).

For more information or to apply please email Johana:


Art on the Junction

Art Shell is currently woking with Cardiff Council on a public art consultation in Grangetown as part of the regeneration scheme on Clare Road/Penarth Road.  We are working with three local artists, Lowri Davis, Elfyn Lewis and John Abell, to support them in developing new contemporary artworks for Grangetown’s central junction. The artist’s work will focus on the people, buildings, culture, history and heritage of Grangetown.

The three proposed locations are:

 BT box outside Tesco

 Gates to the Clare Road side of the corner property, 128a Penarth Road

 Side elevation of Tesco, along Corporation Road


Lowri Davies, 2016 – BT box design proposal, Penarth road Junction