Somerset House Studios

Jerwood Somerset House Studios Residency

A new programme supporting early-career visual artists

Call for Artists

Opportunity Details

Closing Date

May 29, 2022




Visual Arts

A new programme supporting early-career visual artists

Applications are now open for a new residency programme developed in collaboration with Jerwood Arts and defined to support three early-career visual artists over a period of 18-months.

The programme offers studio space in central London, a bursary and project budget to develop a new work to be presented in the Somerset House programme. In addition, artists will receive support and mentoring from the artist community along with wider Somerset House Studios residency benefits, all focused towards developing a sustainable professional practice for the long term.

•    £3,000 bursary per artist
•    £3,000 project budget per artist to develop a new work
•    Dedicated studio space for 18-months, shared by the three selected artists
•    A mentor from the wider Somerset House Studios artist community
•    £750 in-kind budget to experiment with in-house facilities such as our recording studio (unfacilitated), rehearsal studio, meeting rooms and project spaces.
•    Access to Makerversity workshops at significantly reduced artist rates
•    Support from the Studios team to set goals and objectives for your practice
•    Access to wider development and social programmes
•    Final presentation of works in the Somerset House programme
•    Support for reasonable adjustments to assist with access requirements

The opportunity is open to early-career visual artists within the first five years of their practice, with a focus on artists who are pushing bold ideas, engaging with urgent issues and pioneering new technologies. We particularly welcome applications from those making socially engaged, and inclusive work, activists and critical thinkers; the experimental; those interested in cross-disciplinary working and / or collaboration.

Artists must be UK based, over 18 and demonstrate that they meet the criteria of this opportunity. Artists should not be in formal education for the duration of the support (including part-time and post-graduate education). We are also interested in hearing from artists who have not progressed through formal art training routes.

Applicants must be able to:

  • share a minimum of three examples of public presentation of their work
  • outline an idea / work they would like to develop
  • clearly demonstrate how their practice would benefit from the opportunity

Somerset House is committed to being actively anti-racist across all areas of our work, and ensuring all programmes are inclusive and representational, paying particular attention to those under-represented* in the culture sector. We are committed to embedding inclusion and representation into our overall selection.

*By under-represented we mean: People who are under-represented within the creative sector workforce and audiences, specifically in terms of: LGBTQIA+ and/or non-binary, having a migrant or refugee experience, from African Diaspora, from South, East and South East Asian diaspora, and/or ethnically diverse, neurodivergent, disabled, affected by a health condition or impairment, affected by homelessness, care-leaver, carer, unemployed and/or have received welfare benefits, working class and/or first in their immediate family to go to university.

Please read our Application Guidelines before submitting your application.

For more information visit Somerset House Studios