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How Can I Help? A residency with a difference from Artspace Lifespace, The Island and The Vestibules

How Can I Help?

ABOUT:

When resources are made available in the creative sector, how, under what conditions and in whose interest are they awarded. Using this as our starting point we are delighted to release a new community sustainability project that invites an individual or group to act as a custodian of our electric cargo bike for a six-month term.

If you had an electric cargo bike what would you do with it?

An electric cargo bike has the capacity to travel through a city with agility, carrying light freight with a comparatively lower environmental impact than petrol-fuelled vehicles. They are gaining popularity in cities where they are commonly seen delivering goods and services to the community. 

We are inviting applications from individuals and informal groups for a project that clearly identifies how a cargo bike can help support them becoming more sustainable and grow their service. You can be a maker, producer, organiser, facilitator or communicator. You can be working in art, health, community or services. We are particularly interested in ideas at infancy stage. We want to see this resource support a project in development so if you are established and financed this one is not for you. We hope that the use of this bike will enable an idea to expand into a bigger project, creative business or service but we also want to hold the space and possibility that an idea just may not work in reality. We understand that recourse to financial support when an idea is experimental is difficult and pushing an idea into a viable fundable package can limit potential. In response to this, we are offering something that we hope sits somewhere in the middle, that will enable and inform with less prescription about what makes an outcome successful. 

BRIEF:

We would like your project to have a clear purpose and to see you have identified communities/users it will impact.  

We would like to talk with you at four points during your residency, to hear what is happening and how you are finding it. We will not ask you for specific reporting but we would like to understand how the residency is working or not working so we can think about future versions of this programme and document your process. The successful candidate will also be asked to register for: https://www.lovetoride.net/bristol and maintain a log of their usage. 

The bike is a vehicle for road use, therefore we will need to go through a process at the start of your residency to make sure you will be safe whilst using it. We will provide insurance against theft or damage but you will be responsible for the correct use and maintenance of the bike. We will ask you to take out rider insurance against injury in the case of an accident. 

In the application we ask for information about you and your work, this can be information about projects you have worked on, a place you have worked or volunteered and any other circumstance where you have developed ideas into reality. 

Deadline for applications 31/07/2020 5pm

E Cargo bike residency application form

This project is supported by Artspace Lifespace and the Travel West grant initiative.