Open Call

Open Call for an Artist Commission:  Fabrica & The Living Coast Residency 2021 

We are seeking proposals for an artist residency to take place between 17 May – 17 June 2021.


This opportunity is in partnership with The Living Coast (the Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere) and runs in parallel to Fabrica’s Spring exhibition by an internationally renowned artist, which will be co-presented at Fabrica during Brighton Festival 2021. The artist and exhibition title will be announced on the 30th March as part of the Brighton Festival launch.

The opportunity is open to artists and makers living or working in The Living Coast Area (see map


Fee: £1200 for c. 6 days artist time, plus £150 expenses



We are seeking proposals for an artist residency to take place between: 17 May – 17 June 2021. This process-orientated commission provides the opportunity for an artist to work with experienced commissioners Fabrica, during Brighton Festival 2021, on a project that seeks to engage audiences about perceptions of, and our relationships to ‘nature’ and ‘the countryside’. 

In devising this opportunity, we are seeking, through the eyes of an artist, to understand more about our complex relationship with ‘nature’ and ‘the countryside’, and we welcome proposals from artists and makers living or working in The Living Coast area, that explore this thematic. 

About the commissioning partnership

Fabrica has a strong track record in commissioning artists and presenting large-scale immersive works. An educational charity, Fabrica creates a wide-ranging programme of discussions, events, film screenings and hands-on activities around each exhibition it presents, believing that it enriches visitors’ experiences of the artist’s work, and opens up the possibility of learning more about the subjects that artists research.

Fabrica is working with The Living Coast, Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere region for this residency.  The Living Coast is a diverse partnership of over 40 organisations, including local authorities, the South Downs National Park authority, universities, private companies, national bodies, charities, cultural and community organisations.  The mission of The Living Coast is to connect people and nature to inspire a positive future, today, and a key element of achieving this is through cultural partnerships. The Living Coast partnership works towards three objectives, shared by all global biospheres: Conserve and enhance nature and culture; Support sustainable human development; Promote environmental awareness, knowledge, learning and engagement.


Submissions must be received by Fabrica no later than 12 noon Monday 12 April 2021.

To apply

For further information, and to apply, please download the pdf form and our equal opportunities form and email your application to [email protected] with The Living Coast Residency 2021 in the subject.