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John Florent Stone Award: Artist in Residence

Edinburgh College of Art & Edinburgh Printmakers Partnership 2020 to 2021

Edinburgh College of Art at The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Edinburgh Printmakers, invites applications from artists with a strong interest in/commitment to printmaking for the prestigious John Florent Stone Award. 

The aim of the award is to foster the recipient's artistic and professional development through a 3-month residency at the College and an additional 3 months engagement with Edinburgh Printmakers' print facilities. Recipients will also be invited to make use of the University and Edinburgh Printmakers' substantial Print Collection.

Vacancy reference: 050349

Recipients are expected to engage with students of Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), the wider University, and Edinburgh Printmakers artist community and audiences through various modes of formal and informal interactions, such as workshops, talks and visits.

Artist Outputs:

  • For the first 3 months of the award (Feb to April inclusive), the artist will undertake a residency at the print studios at ECA. In addition, the artist will have access to a hot desk facility. The artist will also have access to other workshops facilities within the school of art, such as the sculpture and photography studios, 3D printmaking facilities, and the opportunity to develop a small showing of their work in the prestigious Sculpture Court.

  • For the second phase of this project (May to July inclusive), the artist will undertake a residency at Edinburgh Printmakers’ Print Studio. Edinburgh Printmakers will offer the artist a printmaking training course and 4 hours of 1-1 training with one of its technicians. Following this, the remainder of the project will be self-directed production time in the studio. In addition, Edinburgh Printmakers will endeavour to provide a workspace in Edinburgh during this period in a disused office or retail space (this is not guaranteed as it is a meanwhile space).

  • ECA and Edinburgh Printmakers will co-commission and publish a print edition with the artist that will be available for sale.

  • The artist will donate two prints from this edition to the Edinburgh Printmakers’ Print Collection and receive 50% of the remaining prints.

  • The University will purchase a print for the print archives.

  • Edinburgh Printmakers will invite the artist to present an exhibition of existing works and works produced during the project in one of its galleries in 2021. This decision will be made towards the end of July 2020.

  • The artist will devise and deliver a number of creative learning and engagement activities at ECA/University and Edinburgh Printmakers during the period of the project as part of this project.

"I found the residency at ECA very rewarding and am grateful for the freedom it provided for me to explore new paths of thinking and facilitate methods of production within the Print Workshop. Being introduced to letterpress printing has been particularly motivating. Most importantly, I was able to experience the art school community in a uniquely informal way that led to many engaging dialogues with students and staff. As a resident artist, I was able to respond to situations, people and ideas in improvised ways, and initiate workshops and discussion groups. Having access to the University Collections and their curators further enriched the residency experience, and the material I unearthed has become the basis for a number of artworks."
Claire Barclay, Printmaker in Residence, 2018/2019


Artists must:

  • Be physically available on-site for at least 3 days a week to undertake this opportunity from 01 February to end of April 2020, and utilise the facilities at EP during the months of May, June and July.

  • Have a demonstrable track record of significant exhibitions, public projects and collaboration with institutions, involving but not restricted to innovative print practice

  • Have a track record of delivering creative learning and engagement events relating to their practice and the medium of print

Artist Fee & Materials

  • A total fee of £7,500 will be paid to the artist in instalments over the period of the 6-month project, this will include the cost of materials.

Application Process

If you would like to speak with someone about the role before applying, please contact: Linda.O'

Deadline for Applications

22 November 2019, 17:00
Please note that late applications will not be accepted.
We regret that unfortunately we cannot offer individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.


The curatorial panel will meet on the 10 December 2019 and the successful applicant will be informed by 19 December 2019.
Contract will be issued January 2020.