UNFIX 2021

Artist in Residence

UNFIX 2021 at the Barn residency

Unfix Henrik Knudsen Artist Niya B

Photo courtesy of Unfix by Henrik Knudsen of Artist Niya B.

Application Deadline 16 April 2021 at 5pm.

The Barn is pleased to be partnering with UNFIX festival to offer a residency, to Scotland based artists between 7 and 13 June 2021 at the Barn, Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

The Barn has a rich history of exploratory work in art and ecology. Our activities include live performance, projects and presentations across all art forms, with the aim of reaching a diverse audience. For 2021, we have partnered with UNFIX festival Scotland’s leading festival of performance and ecology, to deliver a residency at the Barn. This will take place between the 7 and 13 June 2021.

The week-long residency will be financially supported through a small fee, paid accommodation near the Barn, access to studio/performance space and some technical support (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). This opportunity is particularly appropriate for artists working with ecological/environmental issues. We are interested in hearing from artists working in contemporary performance, interdisciplinary practice, dance, moving image and live art. This residency could support an artist(s) working up or developing an existing idea.

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Daniel Navarro Lorenzo, 2020 micro-residency recipient at the Barn

The outcomes of this residency will be shared as part of UNFIX Festival 2021 and we are interested in receiving proposals that bear Covid-19 restrictions in mind. This may include but is not limited to the realisation of existing ideas, virtual sharing / work in progress sessions (live or pre-recorded), artist to artist conversations, blog posts / reflections, moving image, audio works, podcasts, self-directed scores, postal projects and more. Priority will be given to proposals that have clearly outlined and developed how the audience will interact with the work as part of the Festival.

To apply

Please refer to the detailed residency document for information on what we are looking for, what the residency will offer and full guidelines.

For more information:

Download the briefing document


To apply:

Download the application form


Application Deadline 16 April 2021 at 5pm.

Please download the application form and send via email to unfixprogramming@gmail.com with the subject: ‘The Barn, UNFIX Festival’.

Please confirm in your submission that you are willing to travel to and work from the Barn between 7 and 13 June 2021. Due do Covid-19 restrictions, we may choose to contact candidates via email about risk assessments for our site, ahead of making our final decision.

Applicants will be informed of the decision in the 3 weeks following the deadline.

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UNFIX is an arts festival based in Scotland, with partners in New York City, Tokyo and Bologna. We programme work concerned with ecological crisis, climate change, hyper-capitalism and all the things that might help to address them: love, care, imagination, joy and dissent.

Though everything has changed for humans in the last year, our desires and approach are still the same: to find out through art who the Anthropocene is asking us to be, and to seek ways of connecting as if audiences and artists deserve more than distraction and entertainment.

Pulling on the thread of climate change, we find the fabric of everything spooling out in front of us: How we treat each other, who gets included, where the waste goes, how the money gets divided, what about the animals, what about the weather, what about our souls. Are we happy yet? Do we even want to get there?