The Making Room Residency

Artist Opportunity, Artist Resources, Call Out, Community, Open Call, Opportunities

Monday 31st January 9:00am – Monday 14th March 2022 9:00am

‘a space’ arts recognises the barriers artists face in having access to a dedicated workspace for their practice. This includes artists who experience racism, come from disadvantaged socio-economic background, identify as neurodivergent, disabled or D/deaf, and those with caring responsibilities.

In our continued commitment to supporting accessibility for all of Southampton’s visual artist community, we are offering a funded studio residency for four visual artists in the local area between 1st April 2022 – 31st March 2023 through a new ‘a space’ arts programme called the Making Room Residency.


What we will offer

Included in the Making Room Residency we offer artists:

  • Studio 2 in Arch 10
  • A monthly 1-to-1 artist development meeting with ‘a space’ arts Artist Development Officer Mary Cork
  • Access to Arch 04 Testing Space for up to 21 days
  • Sharing of work at the end of the residency (this is optional):
  • An exhibition in Arch 04
  • A video interview about your work/practice for promoting/sharing
  • Fast-tracking on the Arches Studios waiting list if you would like to rent a studio in the facility longer-term.


To apply for Making Room 

Please respond to the below questions:

Either in writing (maximum 100 words per question) or video/voice recording (3min maximum length)

  • Please give a short introduction to you and your practice
  • Please outline work/projects you intend to develop in the residency period
  • Please outline how will Making Room residency will benefit your practice
  • Either a link to your website, or a social media page, or 4 examples of recent work (these can be photos) – either option is fine we just need to see examples of your work

Please give your first and second choice of time period for the Making Room Residency –

  • 1st April 2022 – 30th June 2022
  • 1st July 2022 – 30th September 2022
  • 1st October 2022 – 31st December 2022
  • 1st January 2022 – 31st March 2023

Please email your responses to [email protected] by Monday 14th March 2022 at 9am.

You can download the PDF brief here


Selection process

The allocation will be based on the Arches Studios application criteria:

  • A commitment to your visual arts practice
  • A clear vision for the development of your intended residency work/project
  • How a studio space at the Arches will benefit your practice

(please note, we do not accept submissions from current ‘a space’ studio resident artists)



  • £20 refundable deposit (for keys)
  • A personal or professional reference
  • Signing Arches Occupancy Agreement



  • Monday 31st January > Application Opens
  • Monday 14th March > Application Closes
  • Tuesday 15th March – Thursday 31st March > selected artists contacted, and informal meeting at The Arches to visit the space and sign contracts


To further our mission we are taking proactive steps to becoming an anti-racist organisation. We have pledged to deliver a number of commitments through our Anti-Racism Action Plan over the next two years along with a series of activities to bring immediate benefits to global majority artists. We feel this combination of working towards long-term change and immediate action can make a real difference to Southampton’s global majority visual artists and we plan to continue working on this dual approach.

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As an organisation we actively look to reduce barriers for artists applying for our opportunities and commissions, and we are committed to being fair, accessible, transparent and inclusive.

We offer a range of access support for artists, including alternative formats for information we release and submissions we receive as well as an artist access fund; please contact us so that we can discuss your individual needs and provide appropriate support for your application or project. Please either email us on [email protected] or call 023 80 338 778

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