Open Call: SBR022 Residency - in response to Hybrid Futures exhibition

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SAMARBETA 022: Open Call music residency in Salford 

Responding to the Hybrid Futures exhibition.

Co-commissioned by Samarbeta, IKLECTIK & Hybrid Futures 

Dates: 10th-20th September 2024

Outcome:  Live presentation at Salford Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 20th September as part of the opening night of Fat Out Fest. Time and format (installation, performance etc) to be agreed.  

A music commission to create new work through a residency in response to the Hybrid Futures exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.  The exhibition is the culmination of a three year project consisting of a series of exhibitions across the North West of England featuring new work and commissions by visual artists Shezad Dawood, Jessica El Mal, Parham Ghalamdar and RA Walden that address the urgent thematic focus of climate change.

Hybrid Futures is a partnership between Castlefield Gallery Manchester; Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool; Touchstones Rochdale; University of Salford Art Collection; and Shezad Dawood Studio, exploring collective and more sustainable ways of working that will influence how the partnership commissions, exhibits and collects new work by visual artists to benefit and be more relevant to their audiences, now and in the future.  

This open call is looking for a musician(s) to respond to the Hybrid Futures themes and/or work created by the visual artists, to create a new live presentation to be premiered in Salford Museum and Art Gallery on the opening night of Fat Out Fest. The format (performance, installation, show) is to be agreed with the venue and Curator of University of Salford Art Collection.

The Opportunity:

  • Up to a 10 day residency at Islington Mill, SMAG & University of Salford 
  • Live performance at Salford Museum and Art Gallery for Fat Out Fest 2024
  • Facilitation and technical support from Samarbeta & IKLECTIK 

The Criteria: 

  • An outcome that responds to the Hybrid Futures themes which include
    • The climate crisis
    • Sustainable and regenerative ways of collective working
    • Collaborative learning
    • Distributed leadership
    • How creativity can shine a light on these issues and create solutions
  • And/Or an outcome that responds to the artist’s work in the exhibition:
  • Music needs to be the centre of the project but we welcome and encourage cross artform performances/collaboration. 
  • Samarbeta encourages collaboration, especially with local artists in Greater Manchester. 
  • This opportunity is open to musicians at any stage of their career 

What we are Offering: 

  • £2000 to cover artist fee, live performance & travel.
  • Accommodation and Hospitality for up to 4 people (two double rooms) for up to 10 days at Islington Mill (N.B project can facilitate more collaborators but only provide sleeping provisions for 4 people sharing 2 double beds)
  • A rehearsal space to work within at Islington Mill and depending on availability in the University of Salford.
  • One to one sessions with IKLECTIK focusing on spatial audio as a compositional practice, developing practitioners’ skills and knowledge to work with ambisonic tools.
  • Depending on availability, potential access to University of Salford’s world leading facilities and academics including Acoustics, Music and Performance, Art Collection and Makers Lab.  Please note that as the residency coincides with Welcome Week access may not be possible.
  • Facilitation, technical support & production budget to help your ideas come into fruition. 


  • Monday 15th July @ 5pm – Deadline to submit application
  • Monday 29th July – All applicants informed of the outcome
  • Tuesday 10th-Friday 20th September – Residency at Islington Mill
  • Friday 20th September – Performance/Exhibition at Fat Out Fest

How to apply: 

  • You can apply in writing, or record yourself answering the questions using video or audio. 
  • Apply by clicking the APPLY button at the top of the page
  • You can view the questions asked in the application here
  • If there’s anything we can do to help you apply, please email
  • You are welcome to apply with support from a personal assistant or carer. 

Application Deadline: Monday 15th July @ 5pm 

How do we decide? 

The Samarbeta & IKLECTIK team will shortlist a selection of 10 applications. This shortlist will be assessed by a selected panel of tastemakers & partners from across the UK, including from the University of Salford Art Collection on behalf of the Hybrid Futures team, who will score the applicants. The individual assessor scores will be combined and the applicant with the highest average score will be invited into the residency. 

The panel:

  • Stephanie Fletcher (University of Salford Art Collection on behalf of Hybrid Futures team)
  • Isa Ferri (IKLECTIK)
  • Riv Burns (Head of Music, Factory International)
  • Mark Carlin (Director, From the Other)




About University of Salford Art Collection and Hybrid Futures

The University of Salford Art Collection exists for the benefit of students, staff and public. Works are displayed across campus, with key partner venues, and made available for UK and international loan. The Collection, founded around 1968, is the catalyst for all that they do, and contains over 900 modern and contemporary artworks, The collections is grown through an ambitious ‘commission to collect’ model, most often working in partnership with external organisations. Internally, it also works with academics, students, graduates and staff across disciplines. They collect in three areas: About the Digital, From the North, and Chinese Contemporary Art; with their three priorities being artist development, diversity and sustainability.

As one of the final aspects of the Hybrid Futures project, the Collection presents the Hybrid Futures group exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition features new works and commissions by artists Shezad Dawood, Jessica El Mal, Parham Ghalamdar and RA Walden that address the urgent thematic focus of climate change. 


Hybrid Futures, a multi-part collaboration focusing on climate, sustainability, collaborative learning and co-production between Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Touchstones Rochdale, University of Salford Art Collection and Shezad Dawood Studio, and generously supported by Arts Council England and Art Fund with additional funding from Henry Moore Foundation. 


About Samarbeta

Samarbeta is an artist-led music residency program that exists to offer musicians the time and space away from everyday constraints to produce new and exciting work that otherwise would never be able to be realised. Its meaning is ‘to collaborate’ but this is not a stipulation of each residency. Since forming in 2014 we have worked with musicians such as Lydia Lunch, Moon Duo, Charles Hayward, Stealing Sheep, Ex Easter Island Head, DRS, Laura Cannell, BBC Philharmonic & Thurston Moore. 



Founded in 2014, IKLECTIK is a nonprofit creative organisation based in London. IKLECTIK focuses on experimentation within sound, art, new media, emerging technologies and cross disciplinary works. Their research initiatives and collaborations with academic institutions inform our curation and event selection. Through this, they explore processes and techniques whilst addressing social, political and cultural issues.


About Salford Museum and Art Gallery:

Salford Museum & Art Gallery is run by Salford Community Leisure. It first opened in 1850, and today houses the city’s museum collections, as well as hosting a busy public events programme, schools learning programme and vibrant café and shop. Our gallery spaces include Lark Hill Place, a recreated Victorian street, and the grand Victorian Gallery, as well as 3 temporary exhibitions spaces showcasing local, regional, national and international artists, as well as curated exhibitions highlighting Salford’s collections. Salford Museum & Art Gallery welcomes visitors from near and far throughout the year and strives to reflect Salford’s varied communities in its activity. 


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