Call for artists (local an international) to take part in the Artist Lock-in

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We’re thrilled to announce that we are producing our fourth Artist Lock-In at Elizabeth Castle and we’re appealing for two artists from Jersey to take part, who will be creating work alongside up to ten international artists.

In association with WildWorks and Jersey Heritage, the Artist Lock-In will be a professionally facilitated residency project that brings Artists of a variety of disciplines (music, dance, visual arts, literature, film, literature, performance), ages, backgrounds and experiences together to learn from each other and respond to their surroundings. The idea is to provide Artists with time and space to consider new ways of working and collaborating with people of different practices.


How does it work?

The Artists will be in residence at the Castle from Sunday 1st October – Tuesday 10th October and will be taken through a series of tasks that encourage teamwork and creative thinking. As the residency progresses, the tasks will become more focused, until the participants are left to work together to make shared pieces that will be showcased to an audience in the final two days.

The project will be fully residential with no Artist leaving Elizabeth Castle at any point during the process – they will truly be ‘locked in’.

The Lock-in will again be facilitated by Sue Hill who is the Associate Director of WildWorks – the renowned international theatre company best known for its 2011 production of ‘The Passion’ with Michael Sheen in Port Talbot. From 2000 – 2006, Sue was also the Artistic Director for the Eden Project, developing their innovative interpretation strategy, commissioning artists, writers and performers to illuminate Eden’s ideas and messages.

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We now want to hear from you

We are now seeking applications from International and Local artists who are interested in taking part in the Lock-In. Artists, who are over 18, of any discipline (visual artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, photographers, multimedia artists) and are interested in taking part in the project should view our Artist Call Out (ALI call out 2017) for more information about the project, and to apply should send a completed application form and some examples of their work to Alice Bravery. Application forms can be downloaded HERE. Should prospective Artists need any more information, Alice can be contacted on 617521 or The deadline for all submissions is Friday 1st September, 2017.


Past Artist Lock-Ins

The Artist Lock-in concept in 2012, in a private garden in St. Brelade. Eight Jersey born-artists, including Karen Le Roy-Harris and BAFTA nominated film director Michael Pearce, took part in the project.

In October 2013 a second Artist Lock-in was held at Elizabeth Castle, which saw a group of artists from Jersey, Iceland, Malta, Norway, Denmark and London, take up residence at the Castle where they created collective work inspired by their surroundings.

To coincide with Jersey’s hosting of the 2015 NatWest Island Games, Jersey Arts Trust (soon to be ArtHouse Jersey) produced a third Lock-In. To mirror the inclusive and cooperative ethos of the Island Games, one Artist from each participating island spent ten days at the Castle developing shared work around the theme of ‘Islandness’.  

Check out the short film of the Inter-Island Artist Lock-In that took place in 2015: