ADODE is our response to a world gripped by a health emergency created by Covid-19. How do we continue to create and make in these challenging times?

Reflecting on what we do as an organization and who that organization benefits we decide to create three strands to ABODE.


Strand Three: OPEN CALL

The Auxiliary Project Space now welcomes applications to our ABODE AIR programme. ABODE AIR is a six week artist in residence studio programme for artists living in or from the Northeast of England. The residency is to be held at The Auxiliary Project Space in Middlesbrough, culminating in an exhibition at the Middlesbrough Art Weekender 2021. 


The opportunity is open to all artists working in all disciplines and is not beholden to any one thematic arch. Applications that are ambitious and challenging, and take advantage of the size and scale of the space available will be favoured. Work/ideas intersecting with the following selection of triggers will also be favoured. 


Triggers: Hyperesthesia, Infrastructure, Art Ecologies, Architecture, Community, Brexit, Pandemic Recovery, Local, Transformative Action, Meanwhile Time, High Carbon Pathway Divergence, Health & Wellness, Utopia, Dystopia, Concatenation Crisis, Hybrid Ecologies, Tactility, Warmth, Sound Materiality, Light. Inclusion, Holistic Ecologies


Each artist will have a purpose built pod to write, devise and think in. The pods will be placed within the main gallery (Approx 13m x 13m) which can be used as an extended studio space. ABODE AIR artists will have unlimited access to the main gallery for the duration of the programme. 


The programme has two places and offers artists 

Studio Space
Artists Fee £2500
Materials Budget £1250
Travel Allowance up to £300
Networking Opportunities 
Exhibition at Middlesbrough Art Weekender 2021

Residency Period: 04/01/2021 -> 12/02/2021

Deadline for Open Call: 29/11/2020


Applications can be submitted through a single pdf. Submission must include the following.

Residency Proposal
Artist Bio/CV
Previous Work documentation 
Website/social media handles
Budget, if applicable 
Access statement, if applicable

Applications can also be made via a video/audio piece describing your proposal. If you would like to submit your application in an alternative format, or have accessibility questions regarding the opportunity, then please get in contact at info@middlesbroughartweekender.com 

Please note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, The Auxiliary cannot at this time offer a residential stay. Artists are expected to spend at least 12 days on site at The Auxiliary working on their proposed project. 


ABODE is an ongoing project series. Set up in March as a response to the restrictions set by the Covid-19 pandemic, it has supported 35 regional artists and collectives through bursaries, commissions and residencies.


About us

The Auxiliary Project Space (est. 2016) is an artist-led organization offering public and exhibition programmes. It supports and enables a vibrant community of artists and creatives through exhibitions, workshops, bursaries, professional development and studio provision opportunities.  


ABODE AIR is a project made possible by Arts Council England/DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund.


Strand Two: CLOSED

This opened up the possibility of every home becoming its own gallery. We invited photography collective WAX and print maker Suzie Devy to create a project that could be delivered to persons front door. Suzie went with a lino-cut pack where people can make prints on their kichen tables. WAX, continuing their work with disposable cameras, are looking for people to document thier covid-19 lockdown experience.

100 packs were given out in the Gresham/Newport area of Middlesbrough. This project is still live so check back in a few weeks to see the results.

Funded by Arts Council England, Creative Darlington, Thirteen and MBC Community Chest. Thanks to Open Door North East for helping with distributing the art packs.


Strand One: CLOSED

This, with the support from Arts Council England and Creative Darlington we were support artists and create new learning possibilities. The residency enabled artists to take time and explore open source softwares that could have a positive impact on their creative output. The four programmes that artist could work with where Blender, VVVV, Pure Data and OBS Studio.

Blender is a 3D computer graphics software tool-set used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, and computer games. VVVV is a general purpose toolkit with a special focus on real-time video synthesis and programming large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, audio and video. Pure Data (Pd) is a visual programming language for creating interactive computer music and multimedia works. OBS Studio is a free and open-source software suite for recording and live streaming. OBS provides real-time source and device capture, scene composition, encoding, recording, and broadcasting.