VCS alumna Carol Li is the recipient of this year’s SPUR Virtual Residency

Posted by on Jul 27, 2020 in Alumni News, Awards, Residencies, VCS Alumni | No Comments


BFA Visual & Critical Studies is very happy to announce the awardee of the SPUR Virtual Residency.

SPUR is a 6 month virtual residency to support the next generation of young artists working around the notion of online space and innovative modes of artmaking and exhibiting in this newly locked down world.

SPUR provides a supportive network through online workshops, peer-to-peer learning and exchange. Workshops introduce participants to collaborative digital methodologies and digital skills such as notch coding and avatar building.

Carol Li is this year’s awardee, granted a 6 month residency with SPUR to pursue her interests working with the internet as an artistic medium.

Congratulations Carol!

Image credits, Carol Li: Top, SPANDEXWORLD, wood engraving, 6 x 9″; bottom right, Saint Marks Place, silicone casted precious moments sculpture using found jewelry and imagery pulled from geo-cities



Here’s more about the residency from the SPUR website:


SPUR is a 6 month virtual residency to support the next generation of young artists, open to current graduating students.

SPUR will provide a supportive network through online workshops, peer-to-peer learning and exchange. Participants will interact online through a bespoke digital platform where they can chat, share work and create new digital personas and collective expressions.

The artwork developed during the 6-month programme will form a collective exhibition on a virtual platform specifically developed for the project, supported by a network of art spaces across the UK including London, Nottingham and Bristol.


Selected artists will benefit from:

·   The opportunity to rethink individual practices due to the current crisis

.       Become part of a digital collective, to reimagine your future artmaking

·   Working together to collaboratively to learn new skills through tailored workshops

·   Supportive network of artists, curators and organisations

·   Introductions to arts communities in cities across the UK through online intros and physical visits


Digital Collective:

Omsk Social Club will be working with the participants to build a working fictive network which will allow the participants to explore uncharted processes of both art-making exercises of co-creation, commitment and imagineering. Participants will be encouraged to use self-built avatars rather than their existing identities, to find new modes of thinking and creating.


Digital Platform:

Built by Mulitmodal


SPUR is supported by the following organisations from across the UK:



Chaos Magic is an artist project space based in Nottingham.

It was set up to support recent art graduates and is structured around a peer-to-peer learning network and mentorship where members organise a public arts community programme



D- UNIT is a brand new project space in Bristol and has been set up by Artist Megan Broadmeadow and Edward Metcalf (CURSOR video). D-UNIT aims to provide exhibition opportunities for Bristol based artists as well as bringing in artists from across the UK.

D-UNIT exhibitions take place IRL and through online platforms.



Omsk Social Club forks traditional methods of Live Action Role Play (Larp) and Real Game Play (RGP) to induce states that could potentially be a fiction or a yet, unlived reality. Omsk works closely with networks of players, everything is unique and unrehearsed. The game designs and installations they create examine virtual egos, popular experiences and political phenomena.



Cursor video is a collaboration between Edward Metcalf and Jamie Shaw specialising in 3D and 2D animation, projection mapping and live visuals for private and public projects. They have a passion for music and work within the Drum and Bass circuit on a regular basis as well as creating large scale technical installations for festival stages across the UK.



WARP organise activity ranging from peer critique, mentoring and professional development, artist/curator talks, workshops and seminars to trips and social events. WARP also shares information and offers a resource. In these ways Warp provides a critical network for a community within and beyond Wales.


Palfrey is an artists’ space at the Oval, south London, started in 2017.

They develop projects that showcase both emerging artists and overlooked aspects of more established artists.

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