Artist in Residency
The residency is an opportunity for an artist to immerse themselves in the Gallery's world-class collection for three months. Now in its sixth year, the programme is funded by Arts Council England. In 2019 Waltham Forest will be the first ever London Borough of Culture; the resident artist will be part of a dynamic arts programme celebrating the cultural life of Waltham Forest.
The opportunity is aimed at emerging or mid-career visual artists working in any medium or discipline. We look for proposals which approach Morris and his legacy in new ways. The residency is designed to encourage artists to be experimental so it is not driven by creating a final piece of work or staging an exhibition but your proposal must include opportunities for the public to engage with your residency.
2015-16 artist in residence, Lucille Junkere, talks about her experience in The E List;
I've always been passionate about William Morris's work after learning about him at school and when I heard about the opportunity at the gallery I felt my work with indigo tied perfectly. Indigo was Morris' favourite colour and his extensive work with natural dyes fascinated me. The residency is a perfect opportunity to take his work and use it as a platform for your own ideas.
The exposure from my time there has helped me to see new opportunities and make contacts. I cannot recommend applying enough!
The residency provides:
- immersion in the Gallery's world-class collection
- access to study space
- curatorial and learning support to explore new ideas
- opportunities for public engagement
- support to develop marketing and business development skills
- promotion via the Gallery's publicity channels
- artist's fee of £3000 plus budget for events and/or materials
Applications for the 2018-19 artist in residence programme are now closed.