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The Creative Knowledge Project | Artist in Residence

The Creative Knowledge Project is a 12-month artist residency based at the new Lakeside Centre, Thamesmead. This residency – with accommodation and studio space – is a rare and exciting opportunity for an artist to live and work on the water’s edge of one of the most iconic Brutalist estates of the 1960s.

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The Project
A new state of the art library is being built in Thamesmead by Peabody and the London Borough of Bexley as part of London’s largest regeneration programme. The Creative Knowledge Project aims to empower the existing communities of Thamesmead to question what a library can be during the building phase, shaping the future of the building through creative processes.

Residency Fee

  • A live / work residential flat in the Lakeside centre for 12 months (equivalent to £9,920 to cover rent and utilities)
  • Use of a dedicated studio space in the Lakeside Centre (equivalent to £8,958 to cover studio rent and utilities)
  • £10,000 artist fee, to include all time across the 12 month period.
  • £6,000 materials and equipment budget
  • Up to £10,000 outcome budget, for all costs associated with any production, fabrication or tangible outcomes of the residency.

The residency length is 12 months and would preferably start with the Lakeside Centre launch in October 2019, though the start date could be flexible to accommodate the resident’s needs.

Part of this residency includes accommodation through a Live Work flat, with the intention that the artist make connections through living in the Thamesmead community. However, should this living situation not be practical for an applicant, the residency could be shared between an artistic partnership. For example, shared between two artists at different stages in their career – i.e. an artist living off-site (the mentor) and an artist living in the Live Work flat (the mentee). If you would like to explore a partnership of this kind, please outline how this might work in your application.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a portfolio / link to relevant website for images, together with a cover letter of no more than 750 words, outlining:

  • How your practice engages with this brief / your interest in this opportunity.
  • How this residency supports your career development.
  • Your relevant experience for this residency.

Please send submissions to with the following subject line:


Deadline: Tuesday 27 August 2019

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to interview and produce a more extended proposal for the residency. You will be notified of this invitation by Tuesday 3 September, with interviews taking place the week commencing 16th September. A fee of £150 will be offered to all shortlisted applicants to produce a more extended proposal.

The proposal should expand on the themes in your work that engage with this residency and outline your strategies for community engagement. Proposals will be accepted in PDF / Powerpoint format and should be no more than 10 pages long with illustrations / images. It is encouraged that ideas for community engaging activity are included, together with any early thoughts of a project legacy (though we understand that these may not be fully formed).

It's suggested that applicants should have:

  • A portfolio of work that demonstrates independent working, project work and / or work that responds to a budgeted brief.
  • Experience of leading workshops / working with a community, or a proven desire to develop this experience with some evidence of steps taken to do so.
  • A flexible approach to working that bears in mind the focus / direction of the residency alongside the development of the Library.
  • Enthusiasm and ideas around exploring the potential for creative learning. 


Wednesday 12 June, 2019
Tuesday 27 August, 2019
Lakeside Centre
Venue Address
Lakeside Centre, SE2 9AN

London, , London

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