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Bow Arts currently supports a number of studio residency awards for artists:

Raw Materials: Textiles Resident Makers' Brief

Bow Arts is looking for makers / designers / artists for two residencies that will form an integral part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project Raw Materials: Textiles. The residencies are research-based – with no working / studio space provided – to the aim of making new work for exhibition.

Raw Materials: Textiles will explore the industrial heritage of textiles in the River Lea Valley, east London. It will be the second phase of Raw Materials project, the first of which focussed on wood, culminating in an exhibition in the Nunnery Gallery from April-June 2017. Following on from Raw Materials: Wood’s success, the project will record the relatively unexplored heritage of textiles in the specific geographical area of the Lower Lea Valley, local to the Nunnery Gallery and Bow Arts’ studio sites.

Research will be conducted through archive and museum collections, on-site visits and exploration, led by an active volunteer steering group and supported by local project partners. The residencies will provide a contemporary response to the heritage of textiles along the River Lea, to the aim of engaging new audiences and highlighting the relevance of the area’s textile heritage to contemporary textile design and making.

There is a budget of £5,000 to respond to this brief. 

The budget should cover all research time, tools, materials and related making costs to create an object ready for exhibition. The spending of the budget will be in consultation with and monitored by the Raw Materials Project Manager, with guidance from the Gallery Co-Director.

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The Chadwell Award

The Chadwell Award aims to provide a bridge between art school and practice as a professional artist by giving a recent Fine Art MA painting graduate a free studio at Bow Arts for a year, together with a bursary of £5,000.

The 2016 -17 Award winner is Sunyoung Hwang. Sunyoung will have the residency studio with Bow Arts from October 2016 for one year.


Land Securities Studio Residencies

We have hosted the Land Securities Graduate Studio Award at  P1 Studios since 2010. This annual programme provides three recently graduated artists with a substantial studio space for a year, rent free. This allows the artists the freedom to concentrate fully on their studio practice and represents a wonderful opportunity for artists at this stage of their emerging artist career.

The award winners and residency artists for 2016- 17 are:

Alice Browne, David Blackmore, Anna Paterson

Previous recipients of the award have been:

2015 Josie Cockram, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Katja Larson

2014 James Kelly, Ellen Macdonald, Michael Page 

2013 Charlie Billingham,Mollie Anna King, Cyrus Shroff

2012 Sebastian Acker, Frank Ammerlaan,Luey Graves

2011 Ali Kazaam, Ella MacCartney and Jackson Sprague. 



Crisis Studio Award, SE1 Studios

Hosted at the large studio site we ran from 2010 to 2015, SE1 Studios, this award held in partnership with the homeless charity Crisis provided one fine artist and one craft based artist with rent free studio space for one year each. The artists were also supported by Crisis in making the transition from vulnerable housing to a more stable economic life.

Lydia Wall was one of the first recipients of the award. A milliner, Lydia was supported initially by Crisis in thier Skylight Centre before being offerd the residency, which allowed her to have a focused space to properly start her business.Speaking about the studio residency she said, "It’s going well, but I could not be where I am in my career without the studio. It is important to have a place outside your living place to work, and I like the other artists there. It’s a social centre as well as a workplace.” Lydia was able through the stability and support provided by the residency to open her own millinery business. In 2011 Lydia was award a national Learning through Craft award. You can see a short video of Lydia speaking about her residency.



Graduate Residency Studio Award, SE1 Studios

Coinciding with the opening of our SE1 Studios site in summer 2010, this award created two six month residencies for two recent graduates. They were awarded with free studio spaces for 12 months to allow them a very focused period of research time and studio practice at the start of their post college career .

Chloe Ostmo and Sophie Hoyle  were the artists supported by this Bow Arts funded award.



Balfron Tower Artist in Residence Flat, LiveWork Scheme

Between 2008 and 2010 Bow Arts ran a series of artist in residence projects from one of our Live Work flats in the iconic Balfron Tower. These residencies were focused on strong community engagement and produced some major work – Simon Terrill’s ‘Balfron Project’ created a large scale group portrait of the tower block’s residents, following an in depth period of close consultation with the residents.