Academics from the University of Wolverhampton’s Psychology Department have undertaken interviews with local South Asian patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and want to enlist artists and designers to create works that will raise awareness and create conversations that might dispel some of the myths and stigmas surrounding this condition.

We are therefore looking to commission 5 graduate artists or designers to undertake a micro- residency in the School of Art to make work based on the specific experiences of British South Asian women living with inflammatory bowel disease.

The residencies will be hosted within the Wolverhampton School of Art and will provide opportunities for the selected artists /designers to work in any of our specialist areas of practice including: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior and Product Design, Glass, Ceramics, fashion and Textiles, Photography, Digital and Traditional Print, Computer Games Design, Animation and Film. The work will be exhibited at a number of public events and locations in the region including the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

The academic research team in psychology will provide selected artists with anonymous first-hand patient accounts (interview transcript) and support artists/designers through the initial research and development stage in terms of providing specialist knowledge of the condition and the communities affected.

The residencies will be for 3 weeks (15 days) and will be completed between March and May 2019. The selected artists / designers will be paid a fee of £1,500.

The School of Art will host an information evening on Wednesday 6 February, 4-6pm for anyone thinking of making an application. At this event you will be able to meet the researchers and be briefed on the condition and its impact on patients. We will also provide a tour of the facilities in the School of Art and an opportunity to meet the staff.

If you would like to attend the information evening on 6 February please reserve a place by emailing: arts@wlv.ac.uk

If you would like to apply for a residency please submit a short written proposal including a budget, professional CV and images/documentation of your practice by Monday 25 February 2019.

Applications should be sent to: Scott.Knight@wlv.ac.uk

This project is funded by the Arts Council England in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton and the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.