Thank you for your interest in Gasworks International Residency Programme. This page tells you how to be considered for a residency. Please read the information below carefully.
We are unable to consider or keep on file, unsolicited applications/direct expressions of interest which do not relate to one of the opportunities listed below until further notice.
Gasworks hosts a minimum of 16 residencies every year. Working with a variety of partner institutions, organisations and funders to provide residency opportunities, we regularly call for applications for these specific, funded residencies which, funding and partnerships permitting, we aim to make available annually.
To apply, please see below for information on the residency partnerships and awards which are available at Gasworks, with eligibility criteria that may apply to you. Whilst there may not currently be a residency which you are eligible for, this page is updated regularly so please check back for future opportunities.
If you are eligible for any of the following opportunities, please click on the link for more information and the application procedure:
ACAX Residency (Currently on hold until further notice) - For emerging to mid-career artists from Hungary or based in Hungary. Application process closed. Artist selected for 2011: Lilla Khoor
Emdash Award 2012 - (formerly known as the Cartier Award). For an international artist less than 5 years out of art school or under 35 years of age, in partnership with Frieze Projects. Application process now closed. Artist selected for 2011: Anahita Razmi. Artist selected for 2012: Cecile B. Evans. Artist selected for 2013: Pilvi Takala
Colombian Ministry of Culture & British Council Colombia - New residency opportunity at Gasworks. For an emerging to mid-career artist from Colombia. Application process now closed. Artist selected for 2012: Alberto Lezaca
Creative India Residency - In partnership with Creative India Foundation (CIF), this residency is for emerging to mid-career artists based in India interested in engaging with sculpture. Artists selected for 2012: Ritesh Meshram Artist selected for 2013: Sahej Rahal
The Charles Wallace India Trust / Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Residency - For emerging to mid-career artists based in India. Artist selected for 2013: Shreyas Karle Artist selected for 2014: Kartik Sood
The Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust / British Council Pakistan Residency - For emerging to mid-career artists based in Pakistan. Application process now closed. Artist selected 2011: Imran Channa. Artist selected 2013: Basir Mahmood
Fundação Iberê Camargo Residency at Gasworks - For Brazilian and Brazil-based artists. Application process now closed. Artist selected for 2012: Marina Camargo
Gulbenkian Foundation Residency - For Portuguese and Portugal-based artists. Artist selected for 2012: Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela. Artist selected for 2013: Alexandra Ferreira and Bettina Wind. Artist selected for 2014: Pedro Lagoa
Magic of Persia Residency at Gasworks - (Currently on hold until further notice) - For Iranian and Iran-based artists. Application process closed.
Partnership between the Natural History Museum and Gasworks - Application process closed. Artist selected for 2011: Daniel Boyd. Artist selected for 2012: Sunoj D.
The Shelagh Wakely Residency - New residency opportunity at Gasworks for Latin American-based artists. This residency has been developed in partnership with the Elephant Trust. Artist selected for 2014: Tania Perez Cordova
Situation | Event- Gasworks Performance and Event focused Residency - Application Process closed.
TrAIN - Gasworks Residency - Application process now OPEN!. Artist selected for 2012: Sean Lynch. Artist selected for 2013: Marianna Christofides.
We also work with a variety of partner institutions to select and nominate artists for our programme. The following residencies are organised for specific projects and are by invitation only:
For more information on applying to any of our residencies please contact:
Rowan Geddis,Residencies Programmer
Gasworks International Residency Programme
155 Vauxhall Street, London, SE11 5RH, UK
For further enquiries please call: +44 (0)20 7587 5202
The Residency Programme – further information
Gasworks International Residency Programme was established in 1994 to provide artists based outside the UK with the opportunity to work in London for a period of up to three months.
Four of Gasworks' twelve studios are dedicated to the residency programme, while the remainder are rented to London based artists. Together with Gasworks' programme of exhibitions, participation projects and international fellowships, the residencies provide artists with an environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and often instigate experimentation with new concepts and materials. Residencies are non-prescriptive and process-based, allowing visiting artists to develop projects in response to their new environment, or to conduct research benefiting from London's resources.
The residency programme has established itself firmly in the London arts scene as a result of its contribution to promoting diversity of cultures and practices through its international and experimental projects. Work in progress is displayed during an open studio at which audiences have an opportunity to meet the artist and discuss the work.
To date Gasworks has worked with over two-hundred artists from fifty countries across the world, partly through the connections with Triangle Arts Trust and through open submissions. The central aspects of the residencies are as follow:
Visiting artists spend three months alongside a group of London based artists working in a wide variety of media. Visiting artists are encouraged to make links with other artists, organisations, students and arts professionals in London as a means of establishing a mutual exchange of ideas.
2. Development of Practice
Outside of ordinary constraints such as day jobs, commissions and exhibition deadlines, residencies offer artists the time, space and resources to experiment with their work and try new approaches. Through looking at London's art scene and being in a new context, artists can take away ideas and viewpoints that will inform the development of their practice.
While we do not provide full time artistic assistance, the residency programme offers a strong level of administrative and creative support. Gasworks residency staff are keen to discuss works in progress and assist in sourcing materials, offering local knowledge, contacts and creative input.
3. Talks and Seminars
Early in the residency, visiting artists are asked to present their practice in an informal evening of talks attended by artists, art professionals and the general public. Other activities, such as visits to art schools and special events at Gasworks, can also be organised on an individual artist's basis. The events encourage discussion of the work and serve as an introduction with the potential for the visiting artists to make useful contacts.
4. Open Studios
All residencies culminate in an Open Studio where the artists show the work produced during their time in London. Open Studios run for three days and offer an opportunity for UK audiences to see international work. Unlike exhibitions, Open Studios focus on process and feedback as they often present works in progress and encourage interaction and dialogue between the artists and the audience.
5. Education and Outreach
Depending on the experience, practice and interests of the visiting artist, Gasworks' education and outreach officer can work with them to design and conduct an education and outreach project with community groups. For further information on previous education projects, click here.
The programme is open to artists who work in all disciplines, however one must note the restricted facilities. Four studios are available for artists involved in the residency programme. All studio costs, such as heating, lighting, and water, are covered by Gasworks, and there is a common kitchen area for preparing lunch. No studio equipment is provided, but Gasworks has available for the shared use of visiting artists the following equipment: one digital camera (for short term and on-site use only), one mini DV camera, a computer room equipped with two G4 Mac computers and a colour printer, 24 hour wireless internet for those using their own laptop computers.
Gasworks has contacts with organisations in London (darkrooms, video editing and print making facilities) that can provide the use of equipment for visiting artists at reduced rates. Studios include basic furnishings (desk and chair). Access to office equipment (photocopiers, fax, computers for email and internet) are available upon request during office hours.
Gasworks currently arranges for artists to live in the shared accommodation of the Residencies House, which is a 15-20 walk from Gasworks.