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Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop

Open Call Solo Residency – 3 months free studio and solo exhibition in London

The gallery is offering one artist access for three months to one of it’s spectacular 350 square foot studio spaces, with both natural and professional lighting. Working above the gallery space, the successful applicant has the opportunity to network with artists, curators, collectors and the wider public whilst visiting ongoing exhibitions and events organised in the gallery. The residency programme also provides guidance from gallery directors as well as an end-of-residency solo exhibition organised in the studio space upstairs. The applicants are also automatically considered for the Radical Residency® programme.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious artist to benefit from a large studio to create a new body of work as large and complex as desired, to experiment, research or take a new direction, and to strengthen a career.

Past resident artists are Marco Bizzarri, Los Bravú, Sarah Dwyer, Shinuk Suh, Sanne Vaassen, ubada muti, Solveig Settemsdal, Bianca Barandun, Thomas Garnon, Emma Corrall, Thomas Langley, Morgan Wills, Harrison Pearce and Jose Carlos Naranjo. We have been excited and delighted to see our residents move on to solo shows, awards, and further residency programmes.

Duration of residency

3 months (January-March 2020)


Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop currently cannot provide housing for its residency programmes, however we will do everything we can to help direct the selected artist to find a place to stay in London.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

We accept applications from contemporary practitioners in all fine art disciplines (painting, drawing, sculpture, conceptual, film and photography or cross-disciplinary work).
The residency programme is open to artists of all ages and backgrounds including international artists living outside of the United Kingdom.
What we offer:
A three-month free studio of 350 square foot (ca. 35 sqm), An end-of-residency solo exhibition organised by Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, curated in the studio space upstairsAn induction session (for international resident artists) to discover the London art scene
Guidance from Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop directorSupport to organise an open studio, artist talk or other events
Letters of recommendation for funding applications, etc.Promotion on the gallery’s social media accounts, website and/or newsletters.
Artist membership in Workshop Foundation

Studio / Workspace

350 square foot studio space, with both natural and professional lighting.

Fees and support

We ask the applicants for an Application fee of £35, which helps us to support future artist residencies. There is no residency fee.

Expectations towards the artist

The Solo Residency Exhibition at the end is a curated exhibition of the works produced during the residency.We invite resident artists to give at least one talk, workshop and an open studio day.
Applicants must be able to travel to London for the residency duration.
Applicants must be open to collaborate and work with other artists and curators.
Applicants should be interested in fostering a relationship with the gallery’s visitors.

Application information

You can apply online through a form on the Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop website.Please attach a PDF containing the following documents (up to 25MB)1. An artist statement (300 words)2. A biography (200 words)3. A cv (two pages maximum)4. Ten images of previous works with title, material and year


Friday 25 September, 2020
Saturday 24 October, 2020
Unit 1
Venue Address
1 Bard Road

London , London

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