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Plug In: Artist Development

Are you a creative digital artist? Do you use technology in creative ways?

Signals is a leader in creative digital learning, using digital arts collaboratively for learning, social and creative outcomes.

With the rise of artists using digital technology within their practice, there is a clear opportunity for artists to use these skills to work with cultural and education partners to embed technology within their programme and/or curriculum to create fun and engaging ways of raising attainment in a variety of topics.

Signals, in partnership with parters Colchester Arts Centre, Firstsite and The Mercury Theatre,  has identified a clear demand for more creative digital practitioners in the North Essex area. With funding from Arts Council England we’ve created this artist development opportunity with these aims in mind:


  • To develop new ways of using digital art in creative and cultural learning environments and deliver prototype workshop ideas at the Plug In showcase event on Saturday 24th March.
  • For artists to develop an understanding of educational delivery in cultural organisations.
  • To contribute and participant in Plug In’s exploration in using digital arts collaboratively for learning social and creative outcomes.
  • Provide an opportunity to develop artists own work
  • Opportunity for artists to meet and work with other artists and arts organisations

Artists may develop existing work or collaborate with other Plug In development artists.

Artists will create work on a theme of collaborative digital working. Throughout the intensive development program, they will be based at Signals but also work closely with education teams at partner organisations to identify and respond to their needs.

Participating artists will also be required to contribute to the evaluation and promotion of the Plug In festival, and will be asked to contribute to blogs and videoed interviews.

Signals is looking for artists whose practice currently includes digital technologies and have an interest in developing skills in cultural education delivery. Such as, delivering workshops or  collaborative digital process and/or delivery.

NB This artist’s opportunity will be promoted nationally through Arts Jobs listing, but is more likely to attract artist from the eastern region. It is suitable for early career artist or those interested in developing new skills.

How To Apply


Applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A statement explaining why you would like to be considered and how your experience is appropriate for a project of this type (max 300 words)
  2. Include links to three recent relevant works
    1. Alternatively applicants can supply a PDF portfolio.
  3. Artist CV (max 2 pages)



  • Applicants must be registered self employed
  • Must be available and able to travel daily to Colchester for the programmes four-day duration 19th 20th 22nd and final showcase event on 24th March 2018.
  • Must be able to attend the Plug In Symposium on the 9th March to meet partner organisations and participate in the event.


Artists will receive:

  • Fee: £150 per day – 4 days
  • £100 materials budget
  • Access to Signals studio space
  • Access to Signals digital, projection and film equipment.
  • Support from host educational teams to develop educational delivery skills, such as structuring a workshop and engaging groups.


Selection will be via a panel of Signals and host partners. Please note successful applicants will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.


Deadline for submissions: Midday (12pm) Monday 19th Feb 2018



Want to apply for the Artists Development opportunity?



Q. I’m not a digital artist, but I work with a lot of community groups. Can I still apply?

A. Absolutely. We’re looking for people of all backgrounds, all we require is that you show a commitment to embracing technology as part of your practice.


Q. I don’t live near Colchester, can I still apply?

A. We do expect artists to travel to Colchester for the duration of this opportunity and we cannot fund accommodation.


Q. I’ve never run an educational workshop before, can I still apply?

A. Definitely. We’re looking for creative technology enthusiasts with great communication skills, we’ll teach you how to prepare and deliver a workshop.


If you have any other questions about this opportunity please ring the office on 01206 560255 or email

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