The Hive JQ

The Hive is a community hub for Birmingham in an historic building, with an award-winning organic café and bakery, craft workshops, exhibitions and event spaces.

We are looking to commission a creative practitioner to engage in a month-long residency at the Hive. The residency is an open opportunity to develop new work in collaboration with our community groups and/or respond to our archives, activities, building and local environment.

The Hive is located in a grade II listed building in the historic Jewellery Quarter. You can find us on the ground floor of the New Standard Works building in Vittoria Street. Formally a jewellery manufactory, today you can eat at an award-winning vegetarian organic café, take part in workshops and enjoy exhibitions and events.

We also share the building with Argent College, a Ruskin Mill Trust specialist educational college for young people aged 16 – 25 with learning differences, which operates from the upper floors; including the roof where you’ll find our bio-dynamically farmed rooftop garden. The tradition of craft and making in the building since 1879 continues today; the students are mastering the arts of jewellery, silversmithing, felting, catering, horticulture and candle making.

We run a vibrant inclusive community and heritage programme, all made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We are now looking to commission a creative practitioner to engage in a month-long residency at the Hive. The residency is an open opportunity to develop new work in collaboration with our community groups and/or respond to our archives, activities, building and local environment.

In 2020 we were a Gold Winner of Visit England’s Award for excellence in the category of Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable tourism. Sustainability is at the core of The Hives values and our activities are based around ethical practices with minimum impact on the environment. Our cafe is fully organic and vegetarian with much of the produce being grown on our rooftop garden. Work produced must reflect our values and have a strong focus on sustainability, eco-friendly and recycled materials.

We welcome applications from all creative disciplines. We particularly invite artists who identify as D/deaf and or disabled. Other underrepresented communities are also highly encouraged to apply.

 Key information about the residency

  • £1000 artist fee
  • Additional small materials budget available
  • Flexible time-frame
  • Part-time flexible hours
  • Support from the Hive team
  • Opportunity to exhibit output, social media takeover, run workshops

To Apply please provide

  • A short expression of interest, outlining your plans for the residency. This can be written, audio or video
  • A current CV and any links to your website, social media or digital portfolio you would like us to consider
  • Deadline 28 July   
  • Applications and enquiries to [email protected]

Please get in touch if you have any questions about the residency or the Hive.