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RAW Labs Artist Residency #6

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 12:00

Bow Arts are inviting expressions of interest for the 6th RAW Labs artist residency at Royal Albert Wharf, NewhamThe residency takes place from March to July 2019.

Open to: Fine Artists / designers / makers. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from artist groups or collectives

RAW Labs is a community hub for Royal Albert Wharf, championing arts, culture and creativity with great coffee. The space is a key component of Bow Arts’ activity at Royal Albert Wharf, Newham, alongside 40 artist studios and a wider community and education programme. The space offers residents and visitors a changing programme of arts and cultural events and activities. We are keen to explore how arts and culture contribute to creating a sense of place at the heart of a newly formed neighbourhood. RAW Labs hosts regular classes, exhibitions and events alongside a café that is open to the public, currently on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The RAW Labs Residency is made up of:

  • A practical, public-facing workspace located within RAW Labs, free to use throughout the duration of the residency. We would like the space to be well used and visibly active and interesting, so we encourage it to be occupied as much as is practical and possible throughout the duration of the residency, particularly during public opening times.
  • A commission to create a new piece or pieces of work. This could be in or for RAW Labs, or elsewhere in the local environment. The commission should leave a legacy of some kind to remain in the space, and will form part of the growing archive of work from the residency series.
  • A programme of public-facing activity (workshops, events, talks etc) for local residents and visitors. At least some of this activity should form part of our Friday and Saturday evening programme in RAW Labs. Sessions could be one-offs or regulars, but we would expect these to total at least eight.

Additionally, the artist(s) has the option to: 

  • Host primary or secondary school visits. These could be simple studio visits, demonstrations or talks, or a more structured practical workshop or project. Education activity must be devised in collaboration with the school(s) to ensure it responds to their needs.
  • Exhibit or display work in the space, potentially including access to the mezzanine level gallery / project space.
  • Explore programming opportunities in collaboration with our sister space, the Nunnery Gallery, including mentoring support from Nunnery Gallery Director Sophie Hill.


  • Rent-free workspace for the duration (typical rent £490 per month).
  • Up to £4,000, comprising:
    • £2,500 artist fee (to include a minimum of eight public-facing / education sessions)
    • Up to £1,500 towards materials / equipment

How to apply: Download and read the artist brief (below) then please send an expression of interest to Rob Smith,, outlining in no more than 500 words (NB: We are not expecting fully formed proposals at this stage):

  • Any initial ideas, themes or interests you hope to explore through the residency
  • How the opportunity will help develop your artistic practice
  • An indication of the type and scale of public facing and/or educational activity you would be interested in offering, and your previous experience of delivering this type of work
  • An indication of how the fee might support your residency

Please include up to 5 images of relevant previous work, and a link to your website where applicable. The total file size should not exceed 6mb.

Click here to download the artist brief

Deadline for expressions of interest: Monday 14 January, 12noon.
Interviews for shortlisted artists will take place in the afternoon of Wednesday 23 January at RAW Labs.

Further information: and


Contact Email:
Contact Name: 
Rob Smith
Contact Number: 
0208 709 7774
Fine Artists / designers / makers. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from artist groups or collectives
Monday, December 17, 2018