Immersion/Emergence Artists’ Residency – University of Cumbria and Carlisle City Council


The University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, in partnership with Carlisle City Council, announces Immersion/Emergence, a new artist residency project at The Old Fire Station, Carlisle, supported by Arts Council England. The project invites artists to take up residence in the City and develop new work in response to the urban and rural landscape of the city-region after last year’s flood. Working in partnership with Carlisle City Council, artists will have access to office and exhibition space within the Old Fire Station to use as a lab for research, production and exposition.

Cllr. Anne Quilter, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure said, “we are delighted to have formed a partnership with the University of Cumbria. We are committed to delivering a cultural offer for the City of Carlisle and this activity demonstrates a significant step-change to how we work together to provide opportunities for artists across a range of forms whilst recognising the economic value of their work”.

Roddy Hunter, Director of the Institute of the Arts, commented “As artists and educators, we are committed to our community and city and promote artistic practice as important and unique in exploring the world around us, with all its social, economic and environmental complexities. We are delighted to work in partnership with the City Council and with Arts Council support to make a significant contribution toward placing the arts at the centre of the City’s renewal following Storm Desmond last year”.

For further information contact Mark Wilson on 01228 588572 or email to


Find out more about the residency and how to apply here.