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Artist at Soane

Artist at Soane

Residency programme

Within Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Drawing Office is the earliest surviving example of a working architectural office. To mark the 200th anniversary of its installation, Sir John Soane’s Museum began a programme of restoration, new multi-layered digital interpretation, and the launch of the Museum’s first residency programme in 2023. The residency will enable Sir John Soane’s Museum to develop its work with contemporary practitioners, whilst complementing the broader work of the organisation.

Two artist residents will be hosted annually from 2024, for three months each, during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).

The Museum intends this new opportunity to be as open as possible to engage with a wide range of artists, architects, designers and makers at all stages of their careers, and to be understanding of their individual circumstances. Those working in all disciplines are encouraged to enter, who practice both observational and conceptual work. Drawing must be central to all applicants’ practice. Entries will be accepted from individuals and collaborations. The Museum is keen to encourage residents to engage with departments across the Museum including the archive, library, education and commercial activities etc.

The Selectors will be looking for a high-quality self-directing practitioner who will use this new opportunity to best develop their practice and who will use the residency to best enhance the work of the Museum. How drawing is used as part of applicants’ work will be a key selection criteria. The Museum is keen to engage with the resident to maximise the associated benefits and will dedicate in-house resources to ensuring that artists make the most of the experience of working in this very special organisation.

There is no application fee for this residency. Artists will be contracted for a minimum of 12 days working either in the Museum or in their studio during the three month period. The artist will be engaged over a pre-agreed number of days in the Museum either working on site, taking part in public engagement or educational activity or using the research facilities.

There will be an honorarium of £2000 per artist or collaboration, to cover materials, travel and other expenses. There will also be the possibility of an allowance for each artist on a case by case basis, to help cover accommodation.

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