Artist in Residence opportunity at Erddig

Visitors sat on a hill overlooking the Parkland at Erddig

We’re inviting artists / creative groups or partnerships working in any medium to express their interest in a six-month residency at Erddig, to explore the possibilities for communities to engage with the estate and the newly planted commemorative woodland at Erddig. We want to explore how creativity and nature might support wellbeing in communities, and how we can create a space for wellbeing in the future.

Over the past 2 years we all have lived through unforeseen challenges to our wellbeing in the face of the global pandemic. The estate at Erddig, sitting just 2 miles south of Wrexham city centre is used as a place of recreation, a place to relax and connect with nature, something that has been amplified during the pandemic and something we are keen to continue to support and develop.

In addition, Erddig was announced as one of three sites for the development of a commemorative woodland in Wales to remember those who have died during the pandemic. The memorial woodlands will be a symbol of Wales’ resilience during the pandemic and one of regeneration and renewal as the new woodlands grow.

Through working with artists, we want to build relationships with communities and the estate in a creative way. We hope that through this we can explore how connecting with nature supports wellbeing and how creativity and nature might play a role in our collective recovery.

Building this with our communities will ensure our future work best meets the needs of the communities this place supports, and it will also enable us to build future opportunities for engagement across the estate at Erddig.

The Commission 

We’re looking for an artist, performer, musician, writer or creative groups to spend up to six months in residence at Erddig, developing local community relationships through creative practice. The initial question or area of exploration is being co-created in conversation with key community groups. Through this, our aim is that we can find meaningful ways to connect with communities in Wrexham, to help us put a framework in place for future wellbeing opportunities through National Trust woodlands and landscapes near Wrexham.

Initially the artist will work alongside community groups that are involved in the co-creating the brief. The artists will also be supported creatively through our collaboration with Ty Pawb in Wrexham. We expected that these will form the starting point for exploration and for broadening reach to wider local communities and audiences.

For more information and how to apply, please read the full artist brief here: Erddig Artist Brief 2022 (PDF / 1MB) download .

Closing date

Please send your application by email by 9am 19 July 2022 to celf@nationaltrust.org.uk