Frequently asked questions and eligibility

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for this residency you must be:

  • A London based visual artist working in any medium
  • Have been practicing as an artist outside of university study for at least 5 years
  • Not be currently studying on a BA, MA, PhD course or similar at the time of application or over the residency period

This project is aimed specifically at this group of artists, which our research has shown are in particular need for this kind of of residency, and agreed with our partners. We are unable to be flexible with these criteria.


What do we mean by ‘visual artist working in any medium’ ?

Artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, performance art, photography, video/film/moving image, installation, text, craft/maker, sound art, comics, book art, new media/online, socially engaged practice, printmaking, interdisciplinary or any combination of the above. Our definitions, set by our funding agreements, do not include dance, theatre, graphic, fashion and product design.

What do we mean by ‘London based’?

We appreciate that working as an artist means you may live in one place and work in others. You do not have to be living and working in London full-time to count as London based. To qualify you should:

  • have a correspondence address with a London postcode (this could be your home address, a studio address or other work address)
  • or spend at least half of the week working on projects in London at the time of making your application.

There is a minimum time commitment for the residency of at least one day a week and no separate travel budget is available for artists to participate in the residency or attend interview.

What do we mean ‘Have been practicing as an artist outside of university study for at least 5 years’?

You must have spent 5 years working as an artist outside of university/study (including BAs, MAs and/or PhDs). These years do not need to be consecutive. If you did not have any formal education in art you are welcome to apply, but you must have been making work for 5 years.

What do we mean by ‘Not be currently studying on a BA, MA, PhD course or similar’ ?

You are not eligible for this opportunity if you are on a full-time or part-time course of study at the time of application, or are to be enrolled on any course of study during the project period.

Are collaborative applications possible?

While joint/collaborative applications are welcome, this a relatively modest award and we are looking for proposals that are realistic and within the means of the amount offered. Joint applications will only be awarded the advertised bursary amount.

Do I get a studio space with this award?

No. Applicants are expected to have their own workspace.

When will I hear if I have been successful?

The deadline for applications is 10am Monday 15 July, with shortlisting scheduled for the week commencing 5 August.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted during the week commencing 5 August, with unsuccessful applicants contacted after 26 August.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 19 August. Face to face interviews are much preferred but if it is impossible for you to attend interview in person, alternative arrangements via skype or telephone can be made.

The selected artist will be announced on Monday 26 August.

The residency period is October 2019 – December 2019, with a closing event in spring 2020.

If you have any questions about the application process please email Nick Kaplony by 8 July – all of our staff are part-time and may not be able to respond to queries after this date in time for the deadline on Monday 15 July.