Artist in Residence Grants

Offering up to £15,000 for UK universities and museums to foster a completely new creative collaboration with an artist working in a discipline outside the applicant institution’s usual curriculum. Apply after 1 April and by 18 August 2016. An artist may not apply directly – all applications must be made by the host institution.

These awards support the residency of an individual artist in a UK university or museum in order to foster a creative collaboration between the artist and the staff and/or students of that institution. The term ‘artist’ encompasses visual artists, creative writers, musicians, poets and other producers of original creative work.

The scheme brings an artist into a research and study environment where their artistic form or creative art is not part of the normal curriculum or activities of the host department. There must be a distinct contrast between the artist and host department’s expertise (for example, a poet being hosted by a physics department, a composer by a geography department). It is not the objective of the residency to provide additional teaching capacity for the host department.

The residency must be an entirely new collaboration between the artist and the host institution.

There should be clearly defined benefits for both the artist and the host department, and the period of the residency should involve sustained interaction between the applicant and the artist in the host department.


The maximum value of an award is £15,000. The grants provide a stipend of up to £12,500 for the artist and consumable costs, such as artist’s materials, of up to £2500.


A typical residency would be for ten months based on the artist being present at the host institution for two days per week. Residencies of a shorter duration, with the artist present for a higher number of days per week, are also possible.

Eligibility and application information

Please read the following before submitting an application:


If your query has not been answered in these pages please contact Matt Dillnutt on 020 7042 9873 or email

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The reverie of landscape: an artist’s residency at John Ruskin’s Brantwood. Alexander Hamilton was awarded an Artist in Residence grant in June 2008.