Applications are now open for the first English Folk, Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) artist residency at one of three national museums.
The new project will explore and celebrate the collections at three national museums and it will be the artists’ job to bring them to life through traditional music.
Part of the EFDSS’ Connections project, musicians will be placed in the National Coal Mining Museum for England near Wakefield, the National Maritime Museum in London and the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading.
Artists will receive a £5,000 bursary to develop new music inspired by the museum’s collections and deliver outreach activities to engage people with the museums and folk music.
The scheme will run for two years and is being funded by Help Musicians UK.
The first residency with the National Coal Mining Museum will start in autumn 2017 and applications are open at www.efdss.org/efdss-artists-development/musicians-in-museums.
Residencies with the National Maritime Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life will be advertised in September for a January 2018 start.
Katy Spicer, EFDSS chief executive and artistic director, said: ‘This is an exciting creative and learning opportunity for six musicians over the next two years. We are inviting applications from musicians who are currently working in the traditional folk sector and have a strong knowledge of traditional English songs and tunes.
‘They will explore the creative links between the tangible culture and history of their museum’s collections and artefacts and the intangible culture and history of folk songs and tunes.
‘We are looking for imaginative musicians with excellent creative and teaching skills who can demonstrate a passion for the project and innovative ways to engage new audiences.’