The Porthleven Prize offers Bath Spa University students the rare opportunity to work collaboratively across creative practice disciplines (art, performance, music, writing, film making) to produce work for a major exhibition.

Students, selected through an open call, will benefit from a fully funded residency that will actively encourage cross-disciplinary working to enable a fusion of creative thinking in the heart of the Porthleven community. The Prize will empower the participants with the confidence to work across professions and in collaboration. The Prize will be integrated into the academic programme enabling student involvement, where relevant, to be accredited toward their degree. The initiative will help foster the unique relationship between Bath Spa University and the South West Coast of England facilitating a close working relationship between Bath Spa University and the Trevor Osborne Property Group.

Porthleven is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the South West coastal path. Loe Bar, to the East, is the largest natural freshwater lake which greets the ocean across a sand dune, its setting in a National Trust park attracts many migrating species of birds and fauna. Nearby Falmouth harbour governs international marine navigation and has been the starting point for many marine expeditions over the centuries. The coastline is famous for its treacherous seas and shipwrecks.

The Opportunity

Students from across the University will be invited to apply for The Porthleven Prize. Fifteen students will be selected to participate in a five-day residency participating in workshops from leading academics. The shortlisted students will be invited to present their proposals to a panel of judges. Five successful applicants will then participate in a ten-day, fully funded residency based in the Porthleven Lifeboat Art Studio. Students will be encouraged to produce a body of collaborative work in any discipline; which may include performance, text, film and visual art.

The judges are looking for dynamic and confident students who are able to adapt their practices to accommodate other perspectives. Prize winners will be asked to respond to the following theme:

‘Provenance’ ; the place or source of origin. (1860–65; < French, derivative of provenant, present participle of provenir < Latin prōvenīre to come forth; pro-, convene, -ant)

Art historians, archaeologists and conservators are constantly concerned with the questions of where, when and by whom an object or artwork was produced. Stylistic considerations combined with aesthetic evaluations and comprehensive archive studies can usually provide answers. But whilst provenance offers us a language in which to converse with artwork, the sense of ‘belonging’ or responding to ones location has been a major preoccupation of the artist throughout history. The artist is often perceived as the vehicle by which a place and moment is truly captured.

During the residency, prize winners can either work together as a group to produce a single piece of work or create individual works that are tied together by a common theme. The project may take the participants beyond their normal fields of expression including links through the visual and performing arts, music, poetry and the spoken word.

How to apply:

Students should submit a letter of application explaining why they should be chosen and how the experience will benefit their personal practice. Application letters must be accompanied by a digital portfolio of recent work (eight images / eight texts / four films or sound recordings) and a curriculum vitae uploaded onto a google-drive folder (to gain access to the folder and for guidance on how to upload your application please email Adele Milton; a.milton@bathspa.ac.uk).

Applications must be received no later than noon on 12th February 2017.

Schedule (2017):

12 th February: Shortlisting to start

26 th February: Applicants to be informed of shortlist

13 th -17 th March: 15 applicants participate in five-day site visit

7 th April: Presentations to selection panel

1 st – 12 th May: Prize winners participate in ten-day residency

November (tbc): Exhibition begins

January 2018 (tbc): Exhibition concludes – Sion Hill