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Bow Skills panel talk: artist residencies 101 with Alessio Antoniolli, Emmely Elgersma, and Bojana Panevska

Tuesday 21st May 2024 , 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Get clued up on everything you need to know about UK-based and international artist residencies, including what to keep an eye out for, the process of application writing, practical tips and tricks for when you’re on residency, and how to make residencies actually work for you and your practice development as an artist. 

Navigating the sheer breadth of different artist residencies out there are and figuring out how to best leverage them in the development of your own artistic practice is something a lot of artists grapple with. After all, what does a good residency application look like? How do you prepare for a residency? What are the practical things you need to keep in mind? And how can you make sure you make the most of the oppourtunities whilst you’re there? 

In this panel talk, former Director at Gasworks Alessio Antoniolli, artist Emmely Elgersma, and Programme Advisor at TransArtists Bojana Panevska will come together and set the scene for the context of their discussion, before unpacking some of these common questions. 

Together, they will speak to the different types of UK-based and international residencies out there; the process of application writing and how to build resilience amidst inevitable rejections; the logistics of the everyday-ness of being on residency, including practical tips, tricks, and hacks to know; how to prepare for a residency so you can maximise the opportunity when you get there; as well as providing an exploratory and critical lens on how residencies function in reality and how they could be made better for artists. 

The second part of the event will be made up of an interactive Q&A where you will be able to put all your burning questions to Alessio, Emmely, and Bojana. 

In this panel talk, you will: 

  • Learn about what UK-based and international artist residencies are out there and where to find them 
  • Build your knowledge on the application process for residencies and things to keep in mind 
  • Gain practical advice about the logistics and everyday-ness of being on residency and key things to keep in mind 
  • Gain insights into how you can prepare yourself beforehand to really make the most of residencies when you’re there  

This panel talk will be held online via Zoom. All attendees will be sent a Zoom link after they have booked their place. 

£5 £3 concessions

Concession rate applies to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists, National Art Pass members, and key workers

181-183 Bow Road
London, London E3 2SJ United Kingdom
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More about Alessio Antoniolli 

Alessio Antoniolli is the director of the Triangle Network, a world-wide network of visual art organisations that work together to create artists and curator’s exchanges, and to share knowledge with each other. He is also the curator at Fondazione Memmo, Italy, where he programmes an exhibition each year. He regularly lectures on art and has been part of many juries including the UK’s Turner Prize in 2019. Prior to this he was director of Gasworks, London. 

More about Emmely Elgersma 

Surrounded by buckets of PVA glue and stacks of newspapers, Emmely Elgersma uses her studio like a surreal kitchen, concocting wonky sculptures and wobbly objects that look good enough to eat (but probably don’t taste very good). Creating clay from kitchen products and papier-mâché out of household chemicals, Elgersma’s work is rooted in her formal training as a ceramicist, just with a couple of jokes thrown in. The result is an exploration of what objects mean to us as human beings, be it turning an old tennis ball tube into a luxury functioning lamp or turning piles of disused packaging into a 14ft shark for a brewery in Scotland. Emmely is currently an artist in residence at the Sarabande Foundation established by Lee Alexander Mcqueen and has been awarded with a studio connected to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Using the recycling bin, Facebook marketplace or the streets of Stamford Hill to source her art materials, she has collaborated with brands such as IKEA, Adidas, Tiktok, Paynter Jacket and Clerkenwell Design Week. Currently, she’s waiting to see if she’s made it into the Guinness World Record books for making the biggest ever papier-mâché sculpture. It was very, very big. Too big, if anything. She received her FA Level 1 coaching qualification in 2020 which has resulted in her working as a coach for Spurs, Juventus and managing The Tate Workers football team so will happily tell you why 4-4-2 is more effective with a diamond and inverted wingers. The result is a joyous collision of colour, football, interiors and sculpture. 

More about Bojana Panevska 

Bojana Panevska is a researcher and writer, with over 20 years’ experience of working in the international cultural sector. Currently she is an advisor at DutchCulture | TransArtists, Amsterdam – a platform that combines and shares knowledge and experience on artist-in-residence programmes and other international opportunities for creative professionals to temporarily stay and work elsewhere. 

Bojana is the President of On the Move, Brussels, – an international network that counts more than 70 organisations in over 20 countries across Europe and internationally – from national funders to other networks and info points, to centres for creation. All the members of the network share a commitment to promoting cultural mobility in all its forms while striving for a fairer sector. She is also part of the Advisory Board of TransCultural Exchange – a non-profit organization based in Boston, with a mission to foster a greater understanding of world cultures through high-quality art projects, cultural exchanges, and educational programming. 

About Bow Skills   

Bow Arts seeks to support creative professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2015 Bow Arts launched Bow Skills in response to an artist survey which showed over 90% of practicing artists find it useful to receive further support outside formal education.    

Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is informed by an artist steering group and open to all creative practitioners across London. The programme of talks, panel discussions, new skills labs and peer crits is open to all, with concession rates available to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists and key workers.    

Access information    

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this event or would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)    

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