British Council and Cryptic launch the open call for an artistic residency in Cove Park and Glasgow, Scotland. This residency is aimed at West African visual artists who work with sound and Sound artists working with visual multimedia.



Cryptic’s Artist Residency programme, delivered in partnership with Cove Park, Argyll & Bute, provides the time and support for artists to focus exclusively upon their own practice, engage with artists working in different fields or with different approaches to their practice. Since 2012, Cryptic has curated an annual creative artist residency programme at Cove Park focusing on music, sound and multi-media with over 40 artists benefitting from the programme.

The residency is aimed at West African visual artists who work with sound and Sound artists working with visual multimedia, this residency offers time, space and freedom. The emphasis of Cryptic’s residency programme is on individual research. Though the residency is not geared towards a final presentation of work, all artists-in-residence will take part in an informal showing of the work-in-progress. It will involve studio visits and/or public discussions at the end of their residency.

The selected artist will be one of 9 artists in residence at Cove Park. Whilst in Glasgow the artist will be expected to immerse themselves in the local cultural networks. Artists are both international and UK based. All artists work in a similar medium and collaboration and peer learning is encouraged.


The residency will take place from the 25th February to 17th March 2019

Artists will receive a range of support for their residency, including:

  •           Economy round-trip ticket from West Africa to Glasgow and internal transfers to Cove Park.
  •           Accommodation for 2 weeks in Cove Park and 1 week in Glasgow.
  •           A weekly per diem of £125 to cover expenses.
  •           Artist fee of £500 per week.


Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria: 

-A national of any West African country living and working in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal or Sierra Leone (unfortunately we cannot accept applications from companies or collectives) .

-Between the ages of 18-35 by 31 December 2018. 

-A strong working methodology. 

-Experience of sharing work in progress. 

-A willingness to share their practice and experience with peers.

-A strong project idea that you would like to explore during the residency.

The residence will be developed in Scotland, which requires an initial level of English language (A1-A2) that allows basic communication. At the same time, it is requested that the application be written in English.


All candidates are required to submit an application via this  form  by 5 November 2018. Your application should include the following:

-Project proposal clearly delineating your work and motivation for applying for the residency (Max 500 words). 

-Equipment list. Please list what you will bring and any extra equipment you may need. Please note that equipment cannot be guaranteed. 

-Up to 3 examples of high-quality audio and/or video that fully reflect your recent work. The links can be for audio and video content on Soundcloud or Vimeo (5 minutes max). 

-Artist's Bio professional biography describing all pertinent education and previous performances and exhibitions (max 200 words). 

The artist will be selected through an open call. The profiles of the candidates will be evaluated by a panel of professionals from the organizing institutions, based on the criteria of the application and the quality of the proposed work.



Crypticis a Glasgow based internationally-renowned producing art house, presenting today’s most imaginative, innovative artists whilst also nurturing the creative talent of tomorrow. Founded by Cathie Boyd in 1994, the company thrives on artistic innovation and creative risk-taking, which has subsequently created an environment where artists have been encouraged to push artistic boundaries.


Cove Park is Scotland’s international artist residency centre on the Rosneath Peninsula. Over 1,300 visual artists, writers, designers, craftspeople, musicians, filmmakers and performers from Scotland and around the world have been former residents. They value the space, time & freedom the residency opportunity offers them to develop their art form.


The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.