Welcome to VARC
Helen Pailing's studio at Highgreen set up for her Open Studio event, November 2013; photo Helen Pailing
Visual Arts in Rural Communities is based at Highgreen, Tarset, Northumberland. Since 2000 VARC has funded and managed an on-going programme of twelve-month residencies for visual artists. It also initiates projects and funds small-scale projects in response to applications from local groups and Northumberland-based artists.
Through the residencies, funds and projects it aims to offer opportunities to artists to develop new work in response to the remote rural landscape and its community and to offer benefit to the community and visiting groups in engagement with art and artists, through contact and creative activity.
The twelve-month artist residencies for 2014-2015 and 2015- 2016 are being advertised now. Interested artists please click on Artist Residency on the left hand side of the page and then on Applications. All information is provided here about the residency and how to apply.