Open Call - Creative Space Residencies

Contemporary Visual Arts Network North East (CVAN NE) is seeking to find ways to support artists based in the North East of England during these unprecedented times.

Given the current precarity of support for practitioners in these uncertain times, CVAN NE is announcing 30 Creative Space Residencies to foster solidarity in our region.

CVAN NE is offering £500 for each Creative Space Residency, to give time to develop a new area of practice or simply to provide an opportunity for making, thinking or reflecting in your own space (and in adherence with continued UK Government guidelines).

We would expect these residences to take place, in your own space, for 1 week (5 days) by end of July 2020. The funds will be made available no later than mid-June 2020.

Please note there will be no expectations on outcomes for the funds awarded. CVAN NE won’t require a report, nor will it need any evidence of how these funds are spent.

We ask for you to submit a proposal highlighting how this residency time will be of benefit to your practice. Please see below for details on application process, criteria and submission guidelines.

We also encourage a collaborative (while physically isolated) approach and are happy to receive one application from groups for multiple residencies. These can be submitted by, and awarded to, those in different households, accounting for the ability to collaborate and remain collective when in separate spaces physically.


  • Individual application: Written statement of intent of no more than 500 words or a short video/audio file no longer than 3 minutes.

  • Group application: Written statement of intent of no more than 500 words or a short vid-eo/audio file no longer than 3 minutes. Please state how many residencies you are applying for.

  • Organisation application: Written statement of intent of no more than 500 words or a short video/audio file no longer than 3 minutes.


  • Visual artists / curators / non-NPO organisations, based in the North East of England (those residing in the following postcodes are eligible: NE, DL, DH, SR, TS and TD codes in NE England).

  • We strongly encourage applications from those who consider themselves to be disadvantaged and in need, with loss of income and opportunity due to COVID-19.

  • Please note those in full-time undergraduate or postgraduate MA programmes are not eligible to apply. Postgraduate researchers are eligible.

  • Please note if you are not registered for tax as being self-employed you will be taxed at source.

Submission Process

  • All applications should be sent via Submittable.

  • Applications will be selected based on how the opportunity will be used to sustain practice. This is not about sharing a polished idea or judging people’s CVs.

  • Application process open from Friday 24 April 2020.

  • Deadline for submission is 23.00 on Thursday 7 May 2020.

  • Successful applicants will be informed no later than Friday 15 May 2020.

  • Selection panel consists of Mike Collier, Katie Hickman, Vicky Holbrough, Max Lee, Elinor Morgan and Adam Pugh. Chaired by Sarah Munro, BALTIC Director.

  • For any queries with the Submittable application process please e-mail Katie Hickman

Photos: Graeme Peacock