Artist in Residence Grants

Offering up to £15,000 for UK universities and museums to foster a new creative collaboration with an artist working in a discipline outside the applicant institution’s usual curriculum. Apply by 16 September 2014. Artists 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 is intended to bring artists into research and study environments 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 a newly constituted collaboration between artist and hosts.


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. Travel to and from the host department for the artist is covered by the stipend.

Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.


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:

Our approach to grant-making


Application procedure


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

How to apply

Read more about the application procedure.



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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.