WalesLab - next round of applications now open

In this second year of WalesLab, alongside the open rounds of projects to take place throughout Wales, we'll be offering geographically specific opportunities to tie in with our production programme. The first of these will take place next March to link in with De Gabay 

Applications are now open for this next round, focused on residents of, or projects taking place in, Butetown, Grangetown, Riverside, Tiger Bay & Cardiff Bay. These residencies are to tie in with De Gabay, a site specific event taking place in Butetown in 2013. Supported by the wider community, De Gabay will focus on young Somali poets and their traditions, through poetry.

Last year we launched WalesLab, our five-year artist development initiative funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, offering artists the opportunity to apply for short residencies to develop an idea or piece of work. In the last 12 months we’ve seen projects happen from Castell Coch to Capelulo, Cardiff Airport to Cilgerran, and Castlemartin to places that don’t begin with C. What matters most is the ideas these projects develop and pursue, and now we're on the hunt for more projects to support.

In this next round of applications we will be accepting proposals for up to three projects, to take place in March 2013.

Each project will provide a one week residency for up to four people. All participants will be paid, and given space and resources and advice to help with the development of their ideas.

  • Applications will close at midday on 14th December
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Monday 14th January
  • Announcement of the successful applicants will be made around a week later.

A further round of applications will open in January for projects between April & June throughout Wales. If you'd like to see the projects we supported in the first year go to, for more information on waleslab & how to apply please go to the, or to apply click here.

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Comment by Alex Rees on December 8, 2012 at 8:13

Would just like to offer my services as a sound recordist and editor - I do radio/spoken word production, sound design, music production and so forth. if this is relevant to anyone's project. Thanks,


Comment by Guy O'Donnell on November 19, 2012 at 3:47

Ahh right thanks for that info  Matt

Comment by Matt Ball on November 18, 2012 at 23:33

@andy evans - The projects can be geographically or thematically linked. So a project that was rooted in Grangetown would be great.

@Guy odonnell - these are additional opportunities rather than a change. There will be other additional location specific  WalesLab initiatives to accompany our production programme next year, which will run alongside the Wales wide oportunities for WalesLab projects. 

Comment by Andy Evans on November 16, 2012 at 1:13

Can I ask a question, though I may be showing my ignorance here? Does the proposal for the next round of WalesLab have to tie in with what you are achieving through  De Gabay? That is, are you looking for proposals that fit in with the Somalian theme or merely proposals that might work in the areas geographically listed? I have an idea concerning Grangetown, it doesn't fit the Somalian poetry idea, but is firmly rooted there as its where my family originates from and I want to explore something of that.

Comment by Guy O'Donnell on November 16, 2012 at 0:24

Hi Matt just wondering why the geographic change of focus for WalesLab?

Comment by Matt Ball on November 15, 2012 at 5:31
Hi Andy, thanks for noticing - links now updated.
Comment by Andy Evans on November 15, 2012 at 4:03

Are both links meant to go to the same page? I can't seem to find the information on how to apply. Cheers.

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