Quick rundown of some good-looking residencies (both artists and writers)

Hi all! Just a quick post today, as I’ve spotted a few residencies that look particularly cool and generous recently, with upcoming deadlines, and thought I’d share in case any are a good fit for any of you! Disclaimer: I’m not involved in any of these, and in most cases haven’t read all the fine print – just pointing them out, further research up to you! ;) All listed offer accomodation w/out fees, some offer travel and stipends as well, and all accept international applications as far as I can tell.

Some of these close to applications in a few days, so if interested, get on it! (Worth checking if they need letters of support and whether there’s enough time to get those.)

Flotstunga, Iceland – for emerging/mid-career artists, best for development work. Super isolated. Offers accomodation and communal working and kitchen space. Artists cover travel, food, extra bits (eg. cost of shopping trips for supplies). Deadline Nov 13 Nov (for May/June).

Can Serrat International Art Centre, Spain – all arts disciplines – offers full stipend residencies which cover a month’s accomodation w/ breakfast and dinner.Next application deadline Nov 1, no application fee.

Bunnell Street Arts Centre, Alaska – artist and writers, focus on community engagement. One month, covers accomodation, travel, stipend. Applications due Oct 31

Paradise AiR Long Stay, Japan – artists under 40, focus on engagement with the place and people – two months in Matsuda, starting this Dec. Covers accomodation, travel, living stipend, production costs. Theme is ‘Here’ – projects w/ strong sense of place and local engagement. Deadline Nov 1

University of Windsor, Canada, Cartoonist-in-Residence – Canadian cartoonists. Huge, amazing-sounding four-month residency that my fellow Canadians should definitely have a look at!! You’ll have to sort housing, but the stipend is $20,000, so that should be fine. It’s not 100% set, as it’s contingent on funding. Deadline Nov 30th.

Fine Arts Work Centre, Provincetown, US – emerging writers and artists – 7 month (!) fellowships with accomodation/work space provided plus $750/month stipend. Deadlines Dec 1 for writers, Jan 31 for artists, for next Oct.

Montgomery Canal Artist Residency, UK – artists w/ interest in landscape, architecture, ecology, engagement/community projects. Based in Llanymynech (unclear if need to sort own housing) and travelling a bit for engagement, research, etc, for a six-month period. £12000 bursary. Deadline Nov 3

OMI International Artist Residency program, Ghent, NY, US – artists (does writers residencies too, but applications for 2015 closed for those) – offers accomodation/workspace, some meals. Does offer some fellowships, including one for women artists from anywhere. Four weeks, June/July. Deadline Nov 30.

Sarabande Writing Residency at Bernheim Forest, Kentucky, US – writers – two to six weeks. Accomodation plus $500 travel stipend. Deadline Dec 15.

Cove Park, Scotland – artists, crafters, writers (1+ book published) – one to three month residencies, offers accomodation and pays an artist fee of £400/week. Open to some interesting options, eg. writers who are established in one area/genre/format but want to try another, and artists working w/ either another artist, or someone in a different field, on a project. Deadline 24 Nov art, 1 Dec writing.

Mural Arts Residency, Ljubljana, Slovenia - artists (says open to all areas of vis arts, or combined media), EU residents or residents of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Former Yugoslav republics or Turkey, artists under 35 preferred. Themes around consumer culture and long-term sustainability. 3 weeks around Feb/March, provides accommodation, EUR 1000 stipend, travel, and materials budget. Projects which can involve local artists, etc, preferred. Deadline Nov 17.

Well, that’s all I got for now! Hope some of those fairly awesome-sounding programs are a good fit for some of you!

Stephanie Burgis’ Hot Chocolate Day

A short and slightly atypical post today, as author Stephanie Burgis’ really fantastic Kat, Incorrigible Regency magic MG trilogy comes out as a beautiful-looking box set in North America today! I would so, so recommend giving these a read, they’re full of warmth and feature a heroine who has a wonderful growth arc and just gets better to read about as she ages through the series (there’s a new novella out, Courting Magic, which I enjoyed most of all). You can read sample chapters of all of them here!

Stephanie is very sensibly celebrating with a hot chocolate day, because why wouldn’t you! She’s made a few recipe posts on her blog, including a vegan option; I’m going to try something along the lines of Laura Florand’s recipe – I’ve never tried making proper melted-chocolate stovetop hot chocolate before!

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CUNE Comics-in-Residence, Tallinn – Update 3

Big process post!

I wrote most of this post part-way into the residency, but ran into some image issues, so saved it to do later. Later has ended up being after I got back the the UK, but hey! Read on for more, including pics of thumbnails, roughs, and a glimpse at the beginning of some final pages!

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CUNE Comics-in-Residence, Tallinn – Update 2

One week in! Yesterday I was scheduled to give a workshop at the library’s tent at the Tallinn Youth Festival. I wasn’t sure who’d be there, and it was titled ‘Drawing Comic Figures’, so I loosely planned a workshop on human proportions/drawing people, and using that in comics. I ended up scrapping that, though, when it ended up being a fantastic group of high school and uni/college students, and we spent the session having an informal talk about freelance, comics process, etc, as well as a comics jam!

I seriously love all these jam comics. Check them out!

Workshop participants: If you end up on the blog, and would like to have a cafe sketching meet, let me know! You can email me here via the site, or connect at my work facebook (hyperlinks not working for me, but that’s https://www.facebook.com/sallyjanethompson :)

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CUNE Comics-in-Residence, Tallinn – Update 1

Super exciting post today, as I’m not at my desk or cosied up in the corner of a Wetherspoons with my work today..

Today is my second day in Talllinn, Estonia, thanks to the CUNE Comics-in-Residence program and hosted by the Estonian Comics Society (enormous thanks to both!!).

This is the view of the studio/apartment window (!) :

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My proposal to the CUNE program was that I would research the folktales/fairy tales of whichever country I was in, and use that as a springboard for a contemporary story set in the city, so I could draw from real locations. Lucky for me, the city I ended up in is both extremely draw-o-genic, and has provided me with the most fantastic raw fairy tale material.

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Googling revealed that the University of Tartu’s Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore had been working on an enormous project producing a typology of Estonian folk tales from the tales stored in the Estonian Folklore Archives.

There’s a lot of brilliant and fascinating stuff in there, but what immediately caught my imagination was type 409, ‘the wife as werewolf’…which led me to this fantastic exploration of the iterations of that tale, which I’m still reading atm.

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The ‘bookshelf’ for this project currently includes those two papers, Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ ‘Women Who Run with the Wolves’ and Sally Gardner’s ‘Tinder’ (both recommended via excited discussions about fairy tales and women and wolves with other women writers – there’s definitely something that resonates for a lot of us here!)…Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’, and Emily Carroll’s ‘Through the Woods’.

I’ll keep you updated throughout the month! For now, I’m off to practice drawing wolves, while outside my window spires rise to the sky like howls.

Freelance Friday – On Being Cheeky

Woah, what is this, two FF’s in a row?!

Recently I was at a coffee shop, where I ordered a coffee and a piece of delicious-looking cake, which I gazed longingly at when it was brought to the table, grabbed a forkful, and….it was awful. So, unusually for me, I plucked up the nerve to take it back to the counter, and they traded it for me, while I mentioned how sorry I was for the bother probably 20 times, and then struggled to enjoy the much-nicer replacement cake and my coffee because I was so embarrassed. And it reminded me that I’d been wanting to write this!

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Freelance Friday – Nose-to-the-Grindstone Times

Hey everyone! Gosh it’s been ages. Largely because I tend to want FF posts to be lovely things, illustrated and with time taken over them…but when time’s not there, I think I’d rather post what I can instead of leaving this series so untended! So I’ll try and do more miniposts :) So, onwards!

Over the last couple of months, I’ve had a period of serious over-working.

I’m generally a big proponent of balance. I don’t think the way our work culture glamourises over-work, makes it into a virtue, is at all healthy. And I’m hoping to take some time off drawing-work at the end of this year to spend some time on business planning and examining my working and scheduling methods to help avoid it more in future. But, even then – and I may be wrong in this – I kind of think there’ll probably always be those times, now and then. Those times where you have to take extra work. Those times when you need the extra income. Those times when you get screwed over by clients’ schedules. Those times aren’t sustainable, and aren’t something to take as the norm. But those times happen…

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Fanart (not quite) Friday – Fangirl

This morning I woke up to a twitter notifications avalanche, thanks to the lovely Rainbow Rowell tweeting a piece of Fangirl fanart I foisted (today is an alliterative day it would seem) on her at her Birmingham event recently, and realized I’d not posted it. Here we go!

SThompson-Fangirl-sFangirl is a really gorgeous novel, with a fantastic family/sibling story – definitely check it out if you’ve not read it. There’s also a special edition (UK) out atm w/ extra illos by the awesome Noelle Stevenson :)

‘My So Called Secret Identity’ Kickstarter

Just a quick blog-post to signal boost the Kickstarter for My So-Called Secret Identity, Suze Shore, Will Brooker and Sarah Zaidan’s really fantastic, non-standard take on superheroes, with a great female cast.

It’s funding it’s fifth and final issue (which I’ll be doing some of pages for if we reach the target!), and the collected book, and has some pretty cool rewards, including A3 ltd ed fine art prints of this pinup from me of characters Sekhmet and Ms Sparkle!

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Hope you’ll check it out! :)