Curious Thinker in Residence Program

The Curious-thinker-in-Residence Program is open to both established and emerging thinkers from all disciplines across science and the arts. In this inaugural year, Alice Myers has completed the first residency in the program. We welcome applications from artists, writers, scientists, musicians and theologians who wish to pursue their own research in a unique rural environment - to live and work in the fenland region which borders the Wash on the east coast of England. The central aim of the three week program is to give each resident the space and freedom to think, create, compose and invent in an environment free from normal constraints; to develop their own ideas without interruption during the course of their residency. At the end of the three weeks, each resident is invited, at their own discretion, to give a reading/ performance/ showing of their work to an invited audience at a venue in the local area.

The location for the Curious-thinker-in-residence-program is a compact, self contained wooden cabin, with internet access and small library. The property is owned by the Society for Curious Thought and lies just outside the small, quiet village of Whaplode Drove which is situated in the heart of the fens - a wider region of open vistas and waterway, sitting low against high earth banks which separate the land from the sea.

Residents pay their own travel and daily living expenses. The village has a general store, petrol station, bar, community centre, art gallery and church. There is a main rail link to Peterborough from London in the south and Glasgow in the north and from Peterborough, a connection to Spalding. The main road link from London is the A1. From Whaplode Drove, there are buses to the nearby towns of Holbeach ( 9 miles ) Spalding ( 8 miles ) and Peterborough ( 18 miles ) These local towns offer a large number of stores, services and cultural sites.

Application guidelines

Prospective candidates are invited to submit their application to the Society for Curious Thought no later than March 18, 2011. Applicants are asked to include

• one of the following - a short essay/ short piece of fiction/ poetry / series of photographs/ short film/ animation/ musical composition

• a resume

• the names of two referees

A panel will meet in London at the end of March to select the international resident. Successful applicants will be notified in April and the residencies will start in August . A short essay/ fictional prose/ poetry/ musical composition/ photographs/ film/ animation by each of the short-listed applicants will be published on the Society for Curious Thought website

Applications should be sent as Word document attachments to:
A flatted land, scarred with dykes and ribboned with cuts that ran at the call of the stationary engines which hummed and pumped water, wherever and whenever there was water that needed to be pumped, to be sluiced and to be pushed, roaring through in a sounded crash of dirty white foam, down and then off around the channels and the cuts and way out into the sea at the Wash. To wonder at the how of the skies which seemed to be without an ended top or a sided stop, weighted fast as they were onto the flat fields below.