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LEVEL Residency Lab

In early 2021, we launched our first Artist Residency Scheme, a funded research and development opportunity for professional artists who either identify as disabled or whose work is suitable for learning disabled adults and the wider community. 

The pilot scheme was a huge success, and we are able to continue supporting artists with bold, ambitious and cutting-edge ideas that strengthen our mission to celebrate the ‘Art that Difference Makes’ and continue to bring high quality art to rural Derbyshire.

Current Residency Artists:

Brew Projects

Brew Projects work collaboratively with communities and arts professionals to create innovative, site specific exhibitions and experiences for audiences, with a focus on accessibility and de-mystifying the arts. During their residency they will design and create an artwork alongside participants, with their views in mind, that will be open for the public to interact with and give feedback on. Using the theme of play and accessibility we will design an artwork with LEVEL visitors, where their input is vital. The work will be fun in nature, and include audio, tactile and visual elements. The work will take up a physical space at LEVEL that visitors can touch as well as elements of augmented reality so that it can also be viewed with a device like smartphones or tablets to hear and see the artwork come to life.

Billy Read

Billy is a performing artist and dance teacher from Birmingham. Deaf since the age of three, Billy was inspired to take up a career in dance, specialising in street dance and Hip Hop theatre. After founding the deaf dance crew called Def Motion in 2011, Billy has performed and taught dance to deaf and hearing people around the UK as well as in France, Italy, Bosnia, Serbia, India, the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

During his residency, Billy will begin realising his ambitions for his exciting new work based on the relationship between modern slavery and the smartphone technology that has become central in our society, particularly in the d/Deaf communities that depend on video technology, which in turn exposes uncomfortable dilemmas. With the aim of developing a touring performance, this exciting opportunity will be the first time that he infuses poetry and visual vernacular with dance.

Henry Driver

Henry Driver is an artist based in Suffolk who works with digital media to connect us to the environment. He has shown work across the world in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, India, Japan, Portugal, South Korea, Turkey and Taiwan. While in the UK, Driver has shown at Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Barbican.  Most recently Driver created Secrets of Soil, an interactive digital journey commissioned by BBC Arts and Arts Council England. 

Henry is interested in what is hidden to our eyes – the multiple microscopic worlds which are essential to our daily lives. Whether that’s in water, air or soil, there is soo much that we cannot see. During his residency, Henry will. be developing and testing interactive artworks, which allow audiences to playfully explore these miscroscopic ecosystems. 

Next call out for artists:

The Artist Residency Lab will continue as part of our regular programme. Application dates for the next round of Artist Residencies will be announced in summer 2022.