Residency Programme

Note: This open call is NOT for artists, but for UK artist residency organisations.

We are inviting applications from UK organisations to partner with the British Council to design and deliver four residency programmes to host a total of sixteen artists. Each residency will run for four weeks and will be open to UK-based and international mid-career visual artists whose practices engage with digital technologies.

The aim of Net//Work is to offer artists a space for reflection, research, practice and skills exchange around digital artistic practices and technologies while growing their creative and professional community. Through our partnership we will create opportunities for artists to make artistic works that reflect on their time in residence.

We are looking for applicants to propose and create a residency programme which will encourage a diverse range of artists to continue to develop work or create new work by introducing them to different technologies, concepts and professional expertise that can help shape the global sector. These artworks will form the basis of a series of digital presentations that will be shared internationally on British Council platforms.

The deadline for submitting applications is 9.00 am Monday, 9 December 2019.

How to apply:

Further details on the Net//Work open call and how to apply can be found in the Net//Work Guidance Notes attachment on this page.

Please submit your application online HERE 

If you would like the guidance note in an easier read format, if you need assistance with the terminology and/or language in this open call or if you experience any access barriers using the online form, please contact: 


Applicants can apply to either host:

  • 4 residencies for 16 artists (4 artists per residency – 2 international & 2 UK) - This will mean a fee of up to £18,000

  • 2 residencies for 8 artists (4 artists per residency – 2 international & 2 UK) - This will mean a fee of up to £9,000

These fees may be used by you to design, host and deliver the residency programme and sub-contractors fees where required. Please outline the breakdown of your expenditure in the application including the cost of any available on-site accommodation.

The British Council will give the artists’ a grant to go towards initial domestic and/or international travel to travel to/from the residency, fees, accommodation, visas where required and subsistence.

Applications may be made by individual residency organisations or in partnership with another organisation.

When will the residencies take place indicatively?

  • Residency 1: June 2020
  • Residency 2: September/October 2020
  • Residency 3: June 2021
  • Residency 4: August/September 2021

Assessment Criteria

  1. Must be a UK arts organisation with a proven track record of working with artists in residence and commitment to supporting artists while in residence; and which
  2. Demonstrate experience in working with national and/or international partners to deliver collaborative arts programmes
  3. Have in-house studio facilities including production equipment or partner with an organisation who can provide access to studio facilities and production equipment
  4. Demonstrate a willingness and commitment to meeting the British Council Equality, Diversity and Inclusion requirements as outlined in Section 4 of the Application
  5. Demonstrate how your proposed residency meets the aim to encourage hands-on and research-based learning in digital practices as evidenced through the programme design

What are we looking for?

Applications will be assessed against the project aims and five essential criteria outlined above. They will be reviewed by a selection panel, including representatives from the British Council and Shape Arts.

We want to ensure that all aspects of our work are open to include disabled and D/deaf artists and promote increased access to the arts for disabled artists and audiences around the globe through our programming.

We are looking for applications that propose creative programmes which:

  • Meet the programme aim to encourage hands-on and research-based learning in digital practices
  • Propose site visits, studio tours and/or workshops with leading professionals in the digital, technology and visual arts sectors
  • Offer tuition to participating artists who wish to explore new digital techniques
  • Encourage and attract a diverse range of artists to apply, including disabled and D/deaf artists, through the offer of fully accessible programmes which have access support factored into their bid and budget

Assessing applications will be a selection committee consisting of:

  • Oriana Calman, Curator, Visual Arts, British Council
  • Jenny White, Head of Visual Arts Programme, Visual Arts, British Council
  • Miranda Stacey, Director of Exhibitions Visual Arts, British Council
  • Emily Medd, Exhibitions Coordinator, Visual Arts, British Council
  • David Hevey, CEO, Shape Arts



SHORTLISTED Applicants should be prepared to host a site-visit and/or follow-up call during the week of 16 December 2019.

If you have any questions, please email

We look forward to receiving your applications.