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The HAT Project 2006/07 is supporting 20 exchange fellowships between England, South Asia and Australia

Selection of the Designer-Makers

A Fine Line will manage the process for selecting the artists.

The hosts and partner organisations in each region in the UK and the other countries will be asked to put forward a shortlist of artists that they would like to be considered for inclusion in the Project. The project managers will work with the host organisations in selecting from the shortlist those artists with whom they would like to support and work.

The actual process of nomination and final selection will vary slightly from country to country and region to region. However the basic process will be that individuals representing each of the host and partner organisations along with funders and the HAT project managers will meet as a regional group and nominate a long shortlist of artists for consideration. Subject to agreement, these artists will be invited to submit a research proposal, responding to the HAT Project outline and the set of residency opportunities on offer.

From these submitted proposals the regional selection group will choose a short shortlist with a maximum of 2 artists for each residency. One artist can be nominated and considered for more than one of the residencies. The final shortlist is then sent onto the selectors in the partner countries.

The HAT project managers will manage the selection process and they will advise on the selection that each host organisation will finally make. The HAT managers will support all the host organisations in making their final choices seeking to achieve

  • a match between the artists their research needs and the hosts and their capacity to support those needs
  • a balance between the participating regions and countries which reflects the funding sources
  • a range of approaches to craft practices, disciplines and research objectives
  • long-term strategic significance of exchange between individual artists and between host organisations.

The HAT website will be used as the main means of managing the whole selection process. All the artistsí research proposals, c.v.ís, and images will be posted on a secure section of the site, accessed via a password available only to the designated selection panels.