POSTPONED: Both Sides Now with Susan Philipsz

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We’re looking for five multidisciplinary artists with an interest in sound to take part in a creative residency led by Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz. Find out more…

POSTPONED: Both Sides Now with Susan Philipsz
10th March 2020

We’re looking for five multidisciplinary artists with an interest in sound to take part in a creative residency led by Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz. Find out more…

In light of the Government’s latest advice regarding COVID-19, we are suspending applications for this residency until further notice. Keep an eye on our website, follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date. Find out more about the actions we’re taking in response to COVID-19 here.

We’re looking for five multidisciplinary artists with an interest in sound to take part in a creative residency led by Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz.

This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with like-minded creatives, push your artistic boundaries and work with a pioneering and internationally renowned artist.

What’s involved

Over five days you’ll work together to develop a series of public interventions that explore the relationship between sound, space and architecture.

Based in Tate Exchange, a space situated on the 1st floor gallery at Tate Liverpool, you’ll create an ‘open sound studio’ where the public will be able to see, hear and interact with your work as it is produced. The residency will culminate in a two-day public showcase within Tate Exchange.

Originally a sculptor, Susan is best known for her sound installations. In 2010 she won the Turner Prize; the first time a sound work was nominated. Here she explains more:

“We will explore public spaces around Tate Liverpool together, identifying potential sites around the docks; water ways, under passes, bridges, alcoves and passageways that have interesting acoustics, atmosphere and architecture. 

We will cultivate your ideas over a number of days in the studio and once our locations are chosen and our concepts are developed we will take it in turns to install outside and experience how sound can travel across space and how sound can interject into the everyday environment with passersby happening upon the work unexpectedly.” 

Who it’s for

  • Women and gender minorities, as part of our gender equality programme Both Sides Now
  • Aged 18+
  • Based in the North of England

We are interested in hearing from artists from a range of disciplines (e.g. music, visual arts, digital media) and/or artists that combine different art forms in new and unusual ways.

Practical info

  • The residency will take place between Sun 3 – Sat 9 May (10am-4pm) at Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB
  • We are offering this as a free development opportunity
  • Successful participants will receive £20 per day subsistence
  • A limited number of bursaries are available for artists who require additional support with access, travel or accommodation. Please express your interest by completing the relevant question in the application form

How to apply

Please complete a short online form* telling us a bit about yourself and why you’d like to take part by Fri 3 Apr, 10am.

APPLY HERE

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the form in a different format or have difficulty completing the form online, please call us to discuss alternative options.

If you have any questions please contact Both Sides Now Programme Manager Lucy Scott at lucys@brightersound.com or 0161 830 3899.


Susan Philipsz is a Scottish artist based in Berlin who works with spaces, narrative and sounds. In 2010 she won the Turner Prize which was the first time a sound work was nominated. In 2014 she was awarded an OBE. Her work deals with the spatial properties of sound and with the relationships between sound and architecture. She is particularly interested in the emotive and psychological properties of sound and how it can be used as a device to alter individual consciousness. She has used sound as a medium in public spaces to trigger an awareness in the listener, to temporarily alter their perception of themselves in a particular time and place. 

Tate Exchange is a programme that explores how art makes a difference in society. It is an open experiment and ongoing programme of events developed by Associates, on their own terms. Associates come from a wide range of sectors such as arts, education, community, social care, health and youth organisations. The aim is to build a dialogue around art, society, and the wider issues facing us today.

Both Sides Now is a three-year gender equality programme to support, inspire and showcase music creators and industry professionals across the North of England. Produced by music charity Brighter Sound, the initiative includes artistic residencies, traineeships in technical and production roles, and digital resources for schools. 


This project is made possible by the National Lottery via Arts Council EnglandHelp Musicians UK and PRS Foundation.