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Prizes, Awards & Residencies

Bow Arts offers different awards, prizes and opportunities to provide ongoing support and encouragement to our artist community. Our residencies throughout the year give artists and creatives the opportunity to live and work outside of their usual environments.

Current opportunities

Permanent residencies

We host four permanent residency programmes across our east London sites.

Chadwell Award, Bow Road:
The Chadwell Award provides a bridge between art school and practice as a professional artist by giving a recent Fine Art MA graduate a free studio for a year at our Bow Road studios. The winner will also receive a grant of £1000 for materials.

East London Art Prize: 

The East London Art Prize celebrates and promotes the incredible talent and diversity of art made in the cultural hive of east London, providing ongoing support for the runner-up of the prize in the form of a free studio for a year in one of Bow Arts’ studio sites in east London.  

Almacantar Award:
Property Investment Firm Almacantar have a dedication to provide three recent art studying graduates with a free studio for a year, every year at our Royal Albert Wharf studios in the Royal Docks, east London.

The Lab at Oaklands Rise Enterprise Residency:  

The Lab at Oaklands Rise is a community space run by Bow Arts that aims to facilitate creativity and enterprise at the heart of a new development. The Enterprise Residency provides cost-free workspace and £500 as a launch pad for local businesses to test ideas to live audiences within a supportive environment, sharing knowledge and experiences with others using the space. 

If you would like to know more about our residencies with Bow Arts please email

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