Residencies can be a way to help you develop your work and ideas. Residency opportunities can provide artists with time, space, technical support and a network to develop your practice. Some residencies will cover accommodation, travel and expenses. Some will give stipends and small grants to produce work. Others may not require you to produce any result, but provide you with time to be creative and research or develop your skills and ideas.

Residencies can allow you to spend time in another cultural environment and to engage with other artists internationally. There are a range of residencies that provide support for artists working in a range of artistic disciplines and support cultural exchange or social development. In this section, you will find a few resources for residency opportunities around the world.

UK Residencies

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

This annual bursary for deaf and disabled artists in the visual arts has been established in memory of Adam Reynolds by Shape in collaboration with his friends and family. Each year the bursary will be offered in conjunction with a residency in a visual arts venue. The bursary is intended to provide time, space and support for artists to work in an open-ended way without pressure to deliver a particular outcome. Artists can contact Shape for informal discussions about the bursary.

Allenheads Contemporary Arts

The Old School House, Allenheads, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 9HR

Yearly residency situated in the North Pennines, lasting for up to three months. Relaunched in 2007, these are the first in the Base Elements series, which will collectively present a broad picture of artists relationship with planet earth. It is planned that the series will culminate in a conference, exhibition and publication. Artists will be expected to contribute to ACA's extended arts and education programme that may involve local and international audiences. This could be in the form of meetings, talks, presentations, exhibitions, publications, archival documentation etc.

Artists Access to Art Colleges


This is a yearly opportunity for artists and craftpeople to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities eg. studios, workshops, lending library, lecture programme. Access is for 100 hours and materials grant of £220 is available. See website for list of Colleges, deadlines are through the month of September, depending on the College.

Annual Wooda Arts Residency

The Annual Wooda Arts Award is open to artists in any medium who have a strong commitment to experimentation. A six week residency in an architect designed studio space with cottage accommodation. £1,500 + travel and materials allowance. Residency happens usually from late January.

Braziers international artists workshop

c/o 25 Lavender Grove, London, E8 3LU

Braziers Workshop is a non-profit making organisation set up in 1995. Taking place each August it is an artist-led initiative which strives to provide a meeting point for artists working in all visual disciplines. It brings together up to 30 artists of all nationalities for 16 days to work, exchange dialogue and experiment in a way that is mutually beneficial. It offers an opporunity of participating in an activity removed geograhically and conceptually from usual studio practice in an environment where experiments can be made and leaps of imagination can occur. The workshop is for professional artists who are willing to navigate ideas and working processes different from the habitual. Deadline usually in April.

Cove Park

Peaton Hill, Cove, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, Scotland G84 0PE
Tel: 01436 850 123

The Residency provides an opportunity for an artist or craftsperson, who is at a key stage in their development, to spend an undisturbed period of time in a rural setting; the aim is to fully support research, experimentation and artistic and professional development of the individual. Accommodation, catering facilities and a private studio provided.

Chinese Arts Centre Residencies

David Hancock
Chinese Arts Centre, Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1EU
Tel: 0161 832 7271
Fax: 0161 832 7513

As part of Chinese Arts Centre's commitment to developing artists of Chinese descent, a number of residencies have been developed. 'Breathe' aims to give an artist freedom to create, to allow time to reflect on their practice, make new work and benefit from the support and guidance of Chinese Arts Centre staff. There is no pressure on the artist to produce a finished exhibition, and the space will reflect this and is malleable to the artist's ideas. 'Production' is a new residency scheme that is a collaboration together with ArtSway in Sway, Hampshire. 'Production' will attempt to bridge the Urban with the Rural Environment providing an artist an opportunity to discuss this relationship within the confines of a split-site 5 month residency. 'First Step' and 'Whisper' are also two shorter residencies.

Cultivating Ideas

Sally Childs
The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5BD
Tel: 01635 817 480

A fluid, open-ended programme of activities with the intention of supporting artists to explore ideas, forge new partnerships and act as a catalyst for the development of new and original creative practices.

Digital Arts Studios

Based in Belfast, The Digital Arts Studios provides two residency programmes for training, production and development of work and skills. Residents will have full access to multimedia facilities and professional support for a period of four months.

Durham Cathedral Artist in Residence

Durham Cathedral Artist in Residence, C/O The Reg Vardy Gallery, Ashburne House, Ryhope Road, Sunderland SR2 7EF

The residency, in the stunning setting of Durham Cathedral, aims to provide time and space for an artist, free of other pressures, to respond to the Cathedral as a powerful creative statement. The chosen artist also will have the opportunity to teach in the Faculty of Arts, Design, and Media at the University of Sunderland. 24 days paid at the Academic Tutor rate. The residency also aims to provide the opportunity for public access to an artist at work. Fee: £17,000.

The AiR Project

Department of Drama
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
Tel: 020 7882 5196

AiR Projectis an initiative that sustains established Live Art practitioners, supports emerging artists and invests in the spaces, which nurture their work and their audiences. It will create a dedicated community for Live Art inside Queen Mary, University of London, ensuring that audiences in the East End and across London have the opportunities to engage with a wide variety of performances.

FLI Residencies

FLI Residencies is a collaboration between Folly and Lanternhouse International Residencies in Ulverston, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The residency offers support to artists working with new technologies to develop their ideas and extend their practice. Resident artists are able to devote time and space to their practice, engaging collaboratively with the host organisations, each other, and a rich tapestry of local communities, artists and creatives in the Northwest of England.

Florence Trust Studios

St Saviour's, Aberdeen Park, Highbury, London N5 2AR
Tel: 020 7354 4771
Fax: 020 7354 4771

The Florence Trust offers twelve short residency awards (12 months in duration) with low rents payable by artists. Go to their website to download an application form. With the award of a studio comes attendant opportunities such as the twice yearly open studios, exhibiting opportunities and networking and selling opportunities facilitated by art consultants engaged the Trust.

Glenfiddich AiR
Andy Fairgrieve - Arts Project Manager
Tel: 01340 821 565

Artists in residence at the famous whiskey distillers. In 2002 Glenfiddich established their Artists in Residence Programme at its Distillery in Dufftown. The Glenfiddich programme gives visual artists and musicians the opportunity to mix and work alongside like minded individuals, living on site in cottages at The Glenfiddich Distillery and utilising the atmosphere and environment as inspiration to explore and develop their work. The artists spend the summer at Glenfiddich (June - September) and have free reign to create new works. A specially created Gallery at the distillery showcases existing and new pieces by the participating artists.

Grizedale Residencies and Research and Development Grants
Grizedale Arts Lawson Park, East of Lake, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AD
Tel: 01229 860291
Fax: Fax:01229 860050

Research and development grants of £1,000 and accommodation at the residency base Summerhill for ten week projects. Also residencies at their new studio at Lawson Park. Starting in 2010, fees is £3000 and materials budget £1500. Deadline in January.

The Henry Moore Foundation
Anne Unthank
The Henry Moore Foundation, Dane Tree House, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire SGIO 6EE
Tel: 01279 843 333
Fax: 01279 843 647

The Henry Moore Foundation's grant-making programme was revised in 2004 to provide additional financial resources to support the work of living artists and contemporary art practice. Special consideration will be given to projects outside London and to venues with limited opportunities to show contemporary art. Other long-standing categories supporting historic and contemporary sculpture will remain in the programme, including post-doctoral research fellowships assisting outstanding young scholars. Invites applications from scholars, curators and artists, who are interested in working on historic and contemporary sculpture using the resources at the Institute. The collections comprise sculptures, a library, a slide library and an archive of works on paper, models and original documents. Fellows will be offered accommodation, travel expenses and a per diem in order to use these resources for one month. The Institute is also able to offer the possibility of presenting finished research projects in published form, as a seminar, or in its galleries.

5 Charlotte Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XF

ISIS initiates and manages artist residencies, productions and exhibitions, and works with artists on collaborative projects and events, focusing on new media. Based in Newcastle, ISIS supports artist residencies across the Northern Region, working with around 70 artists a year on their residency programme and a further 40 as part of their training programmes.

The Leverhulme Trust
1 Pemberton Row, London EC4A 3BG
Tel: 020 7822 5220
Fax: 020 7822 5084

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 to distribute surplus monies outstanding after the provision of help for commercial travellers, grocers, chemists and their families. This surplus money is used for providing scholarships for such purposes of research and education as the Trustees might decide. See their website at to find a list of eligible projects. Their income derives mainly from a shareholding with Unilever, which in 1999 was £23.2 million. All funding opportunities provided by the Leverhulme Trust require an outline application to be sent, at any time. This is intended to save applicants time and effort. If the project is considered suitable for possible funding you will be invited by the Trust to submit a very detailed application. There are no closing dates for outline applications. Also will support the residency of an artist of any kind in an institution of higher education or a museum in the UK in order to foster a creative collaboration between the artist and the staff and/or students of that institution. Applications should come jointly signed from the artist and a representative of the proposed host group. Please see their Frequently Asked Questions section (at before contacting them.

NIMRart programme
The National Institute for Medical Research, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill NW7 1AA
Tel: 020 8959 3666 ex. 2476
Fax: 020 8906 4477

The NIMR Residency Scheme provides the unique platform for a two-way exchange of ideas, information and observations between two disciplines that are often perceived to be at opposite ends of the spectrum to each other.

Lab Culture at PVA MediaLab
1 King Square
Dorset DT6 3QE, UK
Tel: +44(0)1308 459071

 PVA MediaLab in Dorset supports research, production and distribution of interdisciplinary work, offering short residencies for the development of projects relating to sound and technology. Lab Culture is a week-long intensive residency on the Jurassic Coast focussing on professional development, engagement with digital media, interdisciplinary practice and networking.

Romanian Cultural Institute - Attic Arts resideny
Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH — Google Maps
Tel: 020 7752 0134
Fax: 020 7235 0383

Attic Arts is a residency programme at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London offering time (up to 2 months) and space (the bohemian attic room of the Institute) for Romanian artists from various humanist fields to work in a major urban centre that provides a distinctive mix of cultures, of ethnic communities, of tradition and innovation in the realms of art, performance, technology, media and urban planning. Artists have the opportunity to experience the unique London environment, research innovative ideas, create new work and network with professionals in the field. Successful applicants will be notified within 15 days from the submission deadlines. Application forms online. Annual deadlines on 30 January and 15 June.

S1 Artspace

Yearly residency take place over ten weeks during the summer, to be followed by a solo exhibition in October - November. The resident artist will be supported by a £1,500 production fee - a budget for travel & accommodation - support from S1 staff and have full access to S1's facilities. Applications are welcomed from artists based in the UK and overseas.

Wysing Arts Residency
Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2TX
Tel: 01954 718 881
Fax: 01954 718 500

Wysing Arts Centre has a rolling programme of artists residencies currently funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England. The Arts Centre is reopening in January 2008.

[Sourced from: Art Quest]



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