Access Space Artist Residencies 2012 at Refab Space
Open Call
Access Space is delighted to announce four artist residencies of fifteen days at its recently developed Refab Space - one in July and three from 4th September to 15th December.

July residency deadline: Wednesday 16th May | Autumn residencies deadline: Monday 18th June.

We are inviting artists, composers, hackers, designers, engineers and creative technologists to explore emerging artforms and curatorial practise in Refab Space, Access Space's DIY FabLab, and offer the opportunity to exhibit their work.
The FabLab concept was first set out by Professor Neil Gershenfeld at MIT, Boston, USA in 2005.
Our DIY approach means that Refab Space is being built inexpensively, while retaining essential facilities.
Put simply, it is the idea that with just a few pieces of technology (e.g. a 3D printer, precision laser cutter) artists can create a huge diversity of 2 and 3 dimensional physical objects designed on their computers and made from a wide variety of materials. The Refab Space is an interface between the physical and the digital worlds and a resource centre where artists can access shared equipment and facilities.

FabLab technology is in its infancy, as are the techniques and ideas associated with it. Artists can begin to explore and define a vast new area of art practise where very few have yet set foot.

Technical help and training will be offered, although some familiarity with FabLab techniques would be an advantage.
Artists should be familiar with using open source software on Linux.

Examples of the kinds of methods and materials possible are: finely tooled two and three dimensional wood, plastics and metal; 3 dimensional objects created from materials such as plastics; the creation of two and three dimensional artworks in mixed media; the integration of electronic components such as sensors, motors and circuits of various kinds into artworks.

Artists can combine any of these methods and types of materials in their work. The design information for creating the work can be saved as data on the computer and sent to other artists, curators and technicians by electronic means such as email.

Each 15 working day residency offers an artist fee of 1500 GBP, self-catering accommodation, a modest budget for materials and a contribution towards travel.

In return artists will create a new work for a physical exhibition.

For more info download an application pack
Proposals need to be made using an application form.

If you wish to be considered for a residency in either of the periods please fill in both the forms in the application pack and email them separately.

Context of Refab Space:
Based in Sheffield city centre, Access Space is the UK's longest running open access media lab. We use Open Source Software and recycled computers to develop creativity, community, skills and resourcefulness. We're a place for skill sharing, artistic endeavour, creative expression and collective knowledge.

In 2009 Access Space announced its intention to supplement its media lab with a new fabrication facility.

A FabLab is a suite of computer-controlled tools which can be programmed to manufacture almost anything! Originated at MIT, the FabLab concept suggests a future model of production which is more localised, and capable of producing unique items just as cheaply as mass-produced ones.

Access Space is developing the FabLab concept (which includes proprietary, off-the-shelf tools) with the do-it-yourself approach it applied to the media lab. By building the lab ourselves and by deploying free and open source tools, we will not only save resources, we'll also develop higher level skills in the process.
Six of the major pieces of technology in Refab Space are:
* Reprap - a 3D printer which creates three dimensional objects in a variety of synthetic materials.
* Laser cutter - for precision cutting of plywood and synthetic materials
* CNC router - a high precision cutter for wood
* Vinyl or craft cutter - for precision cutting of lighter materials such as paper, card and vinyl
* Embroidery machine
* Arduino

Refab Space also has the usual set of hand and power tools, and access to the components of recycled computers and peripherals.

Sustainability (in economic, environmental and social terms) is at the heart of our methodology. Refab Space investigates recycling, reuse, renewal, repurposing, reimagination and reinvention.

The arts programme at Access Space is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.