Blue sky and landscape at Buck Hill in Charnwood.

Opportunity for artists to take part in Charnwood Geopark Visiting Artist Programme

LU Arts, Loughborough University’s arts programme, is working in partnership with Charnwood Forest Geopark to offer three artists the opportunity to engage with the unique environment that has been identified as a future UNESCO Geopark.

These short residencies aim to offer artists interested in geology, history and the environment, the opportunity to connect with the site and research some of its interesting histories and unique properties. Hopefully, this period of research will help develop individual practices and support creative responses to the site.

Visiting Artists will be paid a fee of £1,000 each plus travel expenses and accommodation (if required). In return, they are expected to spend four days researching, visiting and responding to the Charnwood Forest Geopark.

At the end of the four days, the artists are also expected to deliver a small output that is informed by their research. This could be (but is not limited to) a lecture, a workshop, an installation, a walk or a performance. The output should physically engage with the Geopark so it would need to take place in or around the Geopark itself. There is a budget of up to £500 for any production costs associated with this activity.

LU Arts will facilitate meetings with relevant individuals working in the Geopark, related academics within Loughborough University, or users of the site that makes up the Geopark. The team are particularly interested in hearing from artists whose practice has an interest in geology, environment, and social history. They are also looking for practices where research and collaboration are a key part of the process.

These residencies are an opportunity to start an engagement with the Geopark and will help support further funding bids to develop a larger scale commissions programme that responds to the site.


  • Deadline for expressions of interest: 12pm, Monday 4 September 2023
  • Online briefing (with Charnwood Geopark and associated partners): 2pm, Tuesday 12 September 2023
  • Tour of Charnwood Forest Geopark: Tuesday 19 September 2023
  • Research work undertaken: Between mid-September and late October 2023
  • Artist output completed: 31 October 2023

Please note that you are expected to be available for the online briefing and the tour of the site. If this presents a problem, then please contact LU Arts in advance of submitting an expression of interest by emailing

How to apply

To apply, please supply images of up to five artworks or links to video content along with a brief expression of interest. Images should be formatted as JPEGS no larger than 1MB each. Expressions of interest can be in text form (no more than 250 words) or video (no longer than 2.5 minutes). Please incorporate your expression of interest (text or link to video) and the images and/or links to video content of your work within a single PDF document.

The expression of interest is simply to capture your first ideas, thoughts and responses to the call out; not an in-depth proposal. Please email your expression of interest to

For more information visit the Charnwood Geopark Visiting Artist Programme dedicated webpage.

Visit Charnwood Forest Geopark's YouTube channel.