Local artists asked to apply for opportunity to become artist in residence at the William Morris Gallery

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The award-winning William Morris Gallery. The award-winning William Morris Gallery.

Artists have until tomorrow to apply to become the 2014 artist in residence at the William Morris Gallery.

The award-winning gallery in Forest Road, Walthamstow, is looking for a local artist working in the fields of visual arts, craft, design, literature and performing arts.

Using the gallery’s collection the chosen artist will be able to develop their interest in William Morris and enhance their own work.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm tomorrow.

Visit www.wmgallery.org.uk/get_involved/artist-opportunities for more information.

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7:12pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

I hope that this post has been advertised along the local Art Trails so that a local artist could be employed but I suspect it will go to someone who does not even know who William Morris is. I hope the contract for the post is properly drawn so that there is a sort of boreal clause so the role can be terminated if the candidate proves to be rubbish and a replacement can be found.
I hope that this post has been advertised along the local Art Trails so that a local artist could be employed but I suspect it will go to someone who does not even know who William Morris is. I hope the contract for the post is properly drawn so that there is a sort of boreal clause so the role can be terminated if the candidate proves to be rubbish and a replacement can be found. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -10

8:03pm Thu 6 Feb 14

NDevoto says...

Great work Guardian, posting this with 24hrs to go, why did you bother?
Great work Guardian, posting this with 24hrs to go, why did you bother? NDevoto
  • Score: 5

9:49pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
I hope that this post has been advertised along the local Art Trails so that a local artist could be employed but I suspect it will go to someone who does not even know who William Morris is. I hope the contract for the post is properly drawn so that there is a sort of boreal clause so the role can be terminated if the candidate proves to be rubbish and a replacement can be found.
For your information, cornbeefur, the role has been widely advertised in the local artists' circuit and by the Gallery, as - for example - Twitter followers will know. There has also been information on the Gallery's own website.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I hope that this post has been advertised along the local Art Trails so that a local artist could be employed but I suspect it will go to someone who does not even know who William Morris is. I hope the contract for the post is properly drawn so that there is a sort of boreal clause so the role can be terminated if the candidate proves to be rubbish and a replacement can be found.[/p][/quote]For your information, cornbeefur, the role has been widely advertised in the local artists' circuit and by the Gallery, as - for example - Twitter followers will know. There has also been information on the Gallery's own website. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 7

10:01pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
I hope that this post has been advertised along the local Art Trails so that a local artist could be employed but I suspect it will go to someone who does not even know who William Morris is. I hope the contract for the post is properly drawn so that there is a sort of boreal clause so the role can be terminated if the candidate proves to be rubbish and a replacement can be found.
For your information, cornbeefur, the role has been widely advertised in the local artists' circuit and by the Gallery, as - for example - Twitter followers will know. There has also been information on the Gallery's own website.
As Deveto says 24 hours notice local paper, not everyone especially artist busy painting and sculpturing things have time for the frivolity of Twitter . Surely this should have been advertised well in advance, a front page spread on this weeks hard copy Guardian, Library notices, general publicity in media publications. For example I get pop ups on this site for dooble glazing, men's clothing, medical enhancements and so on and banners rolling across the top of the screen for events, Dancings' farmers markets, Olympics,bicycle rides and all kinds of jobs and recruitment. Why has this been kept so quiet?

Have they already got someone lined up I wonder?

No doubt all will be revealed. Nice place to work and live. Would apply myself but my art work is in my opinion, good but modern art receives too much criticism.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I hope that this post has been advertised along the local Art Trails so that a local artist could be employed but I suspect it will go to someone who does not even know who William Morris is. I hope the contract for the post is properly drawn so that there is a sort of boreal clause so the role can be terminated if the candidate proves to be rubbish and a replacement can be found.[/p][/quote]For your information, cornbeefur, the role has been widely advertised in the local artists' circuit and by the Gallery, as - for example - Twitter followers will know. There has also been information on the Gallery's own website.[/p][/quote]As Deveto says 24 hours notice local paper, not everyone especially artist busy painting and sculpturing things have time for the frivolity of Twitter . Surely this should have been advertised well in advance, a front page spread on this weeks hard copy Guardian, Library notices, general publicity in media publications. For example I get pop ups on this site for dooble glazing, men's clothing, medical enhancements and so on and banners rolling across the top of the screen for events, Dancings' farmers markets, Olympics,bicycle rides and all kinds of jobs and recruitment. Why has this been kept so quiet? Have they already got someone lined up I wonder? No doubt all will be revealed. Nice place to work and live. Would apply myself but my art work is in my opinion, good but modern art receives too much criticism. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

7:34am Fri 7 Feb 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
I hope that this post has been advertised along the local Art Trails so that a local artist could be employed but I suspect it will go to someone who does not even know who William Morris is. I hope the contract for the post is properly drawn so that there is a sort of boreal clause so the role can be terminated if the candidate proves to be rubbish and a replacement can be found.
For your information, cornbeefur, the role has been widely advertised in the local artists' circuit and by the Gallery, as - for example - Twitter followers will know. There has also been information on the Gallery's own website.
As Deveto says 24 hours notice local paper, not everyone especially artist busy painting and sculpturing things have time for the frivolity of Twitter . Surely this should have been advertised well in advance, a front page spread on this weeks hard copy Guardian, Library notices, general publicity in media publications. For example I get pop ups on this site for dooble glazing, men's clothing, medical enhancements and so on and banners rolling across the top of the screen for events, Dancings' farmers markets, Olympics,bicycle rides and all kinds of jobs and recruitment. Why has this been kept so quiet?

Have they already got someone lined up I wonder?

No doubt all will be revealed. Nice place to work and live. Would apply myself but my art work is in my opinion, good but modern art receives too much criticism.
Without dissecting your absurd meanderings, I can assure you that the role has been widely promoted in all the places that artists are likely to access and I suspect those don't include the local Guardian website.

The fact that the Guardian didn't pick up on it until the last moment is not the Gallery's fault, and I do wonder if the only reason it was posted a day before the deadline was that the reporter was desperately seeking something to fill a solace on the website.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I hope that this post has been advertised along the local Art Trails so that a local artist could be employed but I suspect it will go to someone who does not even know who William Morris is. I hope the contract for the post is properly drawn so that there is a sort of boreal clause so the role can be terminated if the candidate proves to be rubbish and a replacement can be found.[/p][/quote]For your information, cornbeefur, the role has been widely advertised in the local artists' circuit and by the Gallery, as - for example - Twitter followers will know. There has also been information on the Gallery's own website.[/p][/quote]As Deveto says 24 hours notice local paper, not everyone especially artist busy painting and sculpturing things have time for the frivolity of Twitter . Surely this should have been advertised well in advance, a front page spread on this weeks hard copy Guardian, Library notices, general publicity in media publications. For example I get pop ups on this site for dooble glazing, men's clothing, medical enhancements and so on and banners rolling across the top of the screen for events, Dancings' farmers markets, Olympics,bicycle rides and all kinds of jobs and recruitment. Why has this been kept so quiet? Have they already got someone lined up I wonder? No doubt all will be revealed. Nice place to work and live. Would apply myself but my art work is in my opinion, good but modern art receives too much criticism.[/p][/quote]Without dissecting your absurd meanderings, I can assure you that the role has been widely promoted in all the places that artists are likely to access and I suspect those don't include the local Guardian website. The fact that the Guardian didn't pick up on it until the last moment is not the Gallery's fault, and I do wonder if the only reason it was posted a day before the deadline was that the reporter was desperately seeking something to fill a solace on the website. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 8

10:44am Fri 7 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
I hope that this post has been advertised along the local Art Trails so that a local artist could be employed but I suspect it will go to someone who does not even know who William Morris is. I hope the contract for the post is properly drawn so that there is a sort of boreal clause so the role can be terminated if the candidate proves to be rubbish and a replacement can be found.
For your information, cornbeefur, the role has been widely advertised in the local artists' circuit and by the Gallery, as - for example - Twitter followers will know. There has also been information on the Gallery's own website.
As Deveto says 24 hours notice local paper, not everyone especially artist busy painting and sculpturing things have time for the frivolity of Twitter . Surely this should have been advertised well in advance, a front page spread on this weeks hard copy Guardian, Library notices, general publicity in media publications. For example I get pop ups on this site for dooble glazing, men's clothing, medical enhancements and so on and banners rolling across the top of the screen for events, Dancings' farmers markets, Olympics,bicycle rides and all kinds of jobs and recruitment. Why has this been kept so quiet?

Have they already got someone lined up I wonder?

No doubt all will be revealed. Nice place to work and live. Would apply myself but my art work is in my opinion, good but modern art receives too much criticism.
Without dissecting your absurd meanderings, I can assure you that the role has been widely promoted in all the places that artists are likely to access and I suspect those don't include the local Guardian website.

The fact that the Guardian didn't pick up on it until the last moment is not the Gallery's fault, and I do wonder if the only reason it was posted a day before the deadline was that the reporter was desperately seeking something to fill a solace on the website.
I read various organs aimed at artists and am subscribed to artistic websites and have heard and seen zero about it. I do hope it will be a fair interview process.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I hope that this post has been advertised along the local Art Trails so that a local artist could be employed but I suspect it will go to someone who does not even know who William Morris is. I hope the contract for the post is properly drawn so that there is a sort of boreal clause so the role can be terminated if the candidate proves to be rubbish and a replacement can be found.[/p][/quote]For your information, cornbeefur, the role has been widely advertised in the local artists' circuit and by the Gallery, as - for example - Twitter followers will know. There has also been information on the Gallery's own website.[/p][/quote]As Deveto says 24 hours notice local paper, not everyone especially artist busy painting and sculpturing things have time for the frivolity of Twitter . Surely this should have been advertised well in advance, a front page spread on this weeks hard copy Guardian, Library notices, general publicity in media publications. For example I get pop ups on this site for dooble glazing, men's clothing, medical enhancements and so on and banners rolling across the top of the screen for events, Dancings' farmers markets, Olympics,bicycle rides and all kinds of jobs and recruitment. Why has this been kept so quiet? Have they already got someone lined up I wonder? No doubt all will be revealed. Nice place to work and live. Would apply myself but my art work is in my opinion, good but modern art receives too much criticism.[/p][/quote]Without dissecting your absurd meanderings, I can assure you that the role has been widely promoted in all the places that artists are likely to access and I suspect those don't include the local Guardian website. The fact that the Guardian didn't pick up on it until the last moment is not the Gallery's fault, and I do wonder if the only reason it was posted a day before the deadline was that the reporter was desperately seeking something to fill a solace on the website.[/p][/quote]I read various organs aimed at artists and am subscribed to artistic websites and have heard and seen zero about it. I do hope it will be a fair interview process. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

11:43am Fri 7 Feb 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

You obviously haven't visited the Gallery's own website or the websites of the Waltham Forest Arts Network or the Arts in Waltham Forest one.

And of course it will be a fair interview process. Do you seriously believe that the Gallery, which is right at the top of the game, is going to sully its reputation by taking on an artist in residence who isn't up to the job?
You obviously haven't visited the Gallery's own website or the websites of the Waltham Forest Arts Network or the Arts in Waltham Forest one. And of course it will be a fair interview process. Do you seriously believe that the Gallery, which is right at the top of the game, is going to sully its reputation by taking on an artist in residence who isn't up to the job? Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 4

1:27pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
You obviously haven't visited the Gallery's own website or the websites of the Waltham Forest Arts Network or the Arts in Waltham Forest one.

And of course it will be a fair interview process. Do you seriously believe that the Gallery, which is right at the top of the game, is going to sully its reputation by taking on an artist in residence who isn't up to the job?
Anything to do with Waltham Forest must be scrutinised carefully due to the councils previous poor track record regarding conserving treasures belonging to the borough. As for the website, there are artists that may not necessarily know about it and this is my point. Are you saying that applicants must be from this borough or indeed the uk?
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: You obviously haven't visited the Gallery's own website or the websites of the Waltham Forest Arts Network or the Arts in Waltham Forest one. And of course it will be a fair interview process. Do you seriously believe that the Gallery, which is right at the top of the game, is going to sully its reputation by taking on an artist in residence who isn't up to the job?[/p][/quote]Anything to do with Waltham Forest must be scrutinised carefully due to the councils previous poor track record regarding conserving treasures belonging to the borough. As for the website, there are artists that may not necessarily know about it and this is my point. Are you saying that applicants must be from this borough or indeed the uk? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -4

1:59pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
You obviously haven't visited the Gallery's own website or the websites of the Waltham Forest Arts Network or the Arts in Waltham Forest one.

And of course it will be a fair interview process. Do you seriously believe that the Gallery, which is right at the top of the game, is going to sully its reputation by taking on an artist in residence who isn't up to the job?
Anything to do with Waltham Forest must be scrutinised carefully due to the councils previous poor track record regarding conserving treasures belonging to the borough. As for the website, there are artists that may not necessarily know about it and this is my point. Are you saying that applicants must be from this borough or indeed the uk?
You would try the patience of a saint.

First, while councillors - and especially Clyde Loakes - were keen to send of the collection off to another gallery, they thankfully have no hand in the preservation and conservation of the many thousands of works which have been looked after for more than 60 years by successive and devoted WMG staff.

Second, there are probably thousands of artists of varying abilities across the UK who know nothing about the residency, but you can be pretty sure that those who care about Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement and have the necessary skills have been well informed since the post was first advertised in mid-December.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: You obviously haven't visited the Gallery's own website or the websites of the Waltham Forest Arts Network or the Arts in Waltham Forest one. And of course it will be a fair interview process. Do you seriously believe that the Gallery, which is right at the top of the game, is going to sully its reputation by taking on an artist in residence who isn't up to the job?[/p][/quote]Anything to do with Waltham Forest must be scrutinised carefully due to the councils previous poor track record regarding conserving treasures belonging to the borough. As for the website, there are artists that may not necessarily know about it and this is my point. Are you saying that applicants must be from this borough or indeed the uk?[/p][/quote]You would try the patience of a saint. First, while councillors - and especially Clyde Loakes - were keen to send of the collection off to another gallery, they thankfully have no hand in the preservation and conservation of the many thousands of works which have been looked after for more than 60 years by successive and devoted WMG staff. Second, there are probably thousands of artists of varying abilities across the UK who know nothing about the residency, but you can be pretty sure that those who care about Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement and have the necessary skills have been well informed since the post was first advertised in mid-December. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 5

5:49pm Fri 7 Feb 14

markhouse24 says...

While I can see that this is a great opportunity to work with a wonderful collection, I do think it's a shame that the gallery is apparently only contributing £500 for the chosen artist, meaning that anybody without a private income would need to do an additional funding application in order to get money to cover costs of producing their work and their wages for time spent on the residency. I had thought that with their recent prize money they might have put a bit more into this in order to attract a really good professional without them having to run around finding money elsewhere.
While I can see that this is a great opportunity to work with a wonderful collection, I do think it's a shame that the gallery is apparently only contributing £500 for the chosen artist, meaning that anybody without a private income would need to do an additional funding application in order to get money to cover costs of producing their work and their wages for time spent on the residency. I had thought that with their recent prize money they might have put a bit more into this in order to attract a really good professional without them having to run around finding money elsewhere. markhouse24
  • Score: 5

5:50pm Fri 7 Feb 14

markhouse24 says...

However, I agree with the comments above, I don't think that this article is aimed at artists who are going to go in for it, as it has been publicised a great deal elsewhere over the past few weeks.
However, I agree with the comments above, I don't think that this article is aimed at artists who are going to go in for it, as it has been publicised a great deal elsewhere over the past few weeks. markhouse24
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
You obviously haven't visited the Gallery's own website or the websites of the Waltham Forest Arts Network or the Arts in Waltham Forest one.

And of course it will be a fair interview process. Do you seriously believe that the Gallery, which is right at the top of the game, is going to sully its reputation by taking on an artist in residence who isn't up to the job?
Anything to do with Waltham Forest must be scrutinised carefully due to the councils previous poor track record regarding conserving treasures belonging to the borough. As for the website, there are artists that may not necessarily know about it and this is my point. Are you saying that applicants must be from this borough or indeed the uk?
You would try the patience of a saint.

First, while councillors - and especially Clyde Loakes - were keen to send of the collection off to another gallery, they thankfully have no hand in the preservation and conservation of the many thousands of works which have been looked after for more than 60 years by successive and devoted WMG staff.

Second, there are probably thousands of artists of varying abilities across the UK who know nothing about the residency, but you can be pretty sure that those who care about Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement and have the necessary skills have been well informed since the post was first advertised in mid-December.
I see what you mean about the collection but there must be thousands who have graduated from the finest British University's with top art degrees who would relish the opporunity to fill this post as well have graduates in design and classic. It is such an important posting that the best from Oxbridge should have been headhunter. I am sorry to labour the point but not getting the best candidate could prove a costly mistake in the future.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: You obviously haven't visited the Gallery's own website or the websites of the Waltham Forest Arts Network or the Arts in Waltham Forest one. And of course it will be a fair interview process. Do you seriously believe that the Gallery, which is right at the top of the game, is going to sully its reputation by taking on an artist in residence who isn't up to the job?[/p][/quote]Anything to do with Waltham Forest must be scrutinised carefully due to the councils previous poor track record regarding conserving treasures belonging to the borough. As for the website, there are artists that may not necessarily know about it and this is my point. Are you saying that applicants must be from this borough or indeed the uk?[/p][/quote]You would try the patience of a saint. First, while councillors - and especially Clyde Loakes - were keen to send of the collection off to another gallery, they thankfully have no hand in the preservation and conservation of the many thousands of works which have been looked after for more than 60 years by successive and devoted WMG staff. Second, there are probably thousands of artists of varying abilities across the UK who know nothing about the residency, but you can be pretty sure that those who care about Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement and have the necessary skills have been well informed since the post was first advertised in mid-December.[/p][/quote]I see what you mean about the collection but there must be thousands who have graduated from the finest British University's with top art degrees who would relish the opporunity to fill this post as well have graduates in design and classic. It is such an important posting that the best from Oxbridge should have been headhunter. I am sorry to labour the point but not getting the best candidate could prove a costly mistake in the future. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

7:27pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

I've just checked - the residency was open specifically to artists living in Waltham Forest or with a strong connection to the borough. Its purpose is to develop the person's own research and learning opportunities as well as to create public events.
I've just checked - the residency was open specifically to artists living in Waltham Forest or with a strong connection to the borough. Its purpose is to develop the person's own research and learning opportunities as well as to create public events. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 4

12:46am Sat 8 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
I've just checked - the residency was open specifically to artists living in Waltham Forest or with a strong connection to the borough. Its purpose is to develop the person's own research and learning opportunities as well as to create public events.
Thank you, however this begs the question of how can you confirm the residency stipulation? Could have just arrived in UK and to think of it anyone able to afford to buy or live here will have money or backing? I do hope this is well thought out as the consequences could be disastrous? Previous Culture Secretaries have often been aloof to residents needs, preferring gimmicks over substance in my humble opinions.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: I've just checked - the residency was open specifically to artists living in Waltham Forest or with a strong connection to the borough. Its purpose is to develop the person's own research and learning opportunities as well as to create public events.[/p][/quote]Thank you, however this begs the question of how can you confirm the residency stipulation? Could have just arrived in UK and to think of it anyone able to afford to buy or live here will have money or backing? I do hope this is well thought out as the consequences could be disastrous? Previous Culture Secretaries have often been aloof to residents needs, preferring gimmicks over substance in my humble opinions. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -4

12:40pm Mon 10 Feb 14

stickmanny says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
I've just checked - the residency was open specifically to artists living in Waltham Forest or with a strong connection to the borough. Its purpose is to develop the person's own research and learning opportunities as well as to create public events.
I'd like to see the winner getting £26k from the public purse just to annoy all the funding haters out there.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: I've just checked - the residency was open specifically to artists living in Waltham Forest or with a strong connection to the borough. Its purpose is to develop the person's own research and learning opportunities as well as to create public events.[/p][/quote]I'd like to see the winner getting £26k from the public purse just to annoy all the funding haters out there. stickmanny
  • Score: 1

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