Self Funded Studio Residencies 2021 

'The residency opportunity here, manages to provide both a quiet retreat and a creative hub. The accommodation is of  simple, contemporary design; cosy and homely, but, delightfully, is also without the clutter of my usual life …. During the day, there is the hum of other creatives working in the building and using the studios outside ... A key element to a residency for me, is about embedding into a place, which is accelerated when staying. It goes truly dark at night, huge dappled, daytime skies stretch out over the heathland and people really do build dens in the woods on Sundays.'  Clare Baskerville, resident artist Summer/Autumn 2020.

Our aims:

Our recent period of capital development included the building of a live-work space for artists. SPUD is now looking to build the community of artists that we work with through a series of funded and self-funded residencies.  We want these residencies to focus on specific strengths that the building, its immediate and wider environment and the communities living here offer, using the New Forest as a rich resource for inspiration that focuses on the natural environment, the open air and isolated rural communities such as LGBTQ and older people, particularly those living with dementia.


What we are looking for:

SPUD would like to invite artists whose interests and inspirations are sympathetic to any of the above themes to apply initially for self-funded residencies of two, three or four weeks.


What we can offer:

Located in the heart of the New Forest National Park in the UK, the studio provides a dedicated live-work space. It is open to artists of any discipline in need of a concentrated period of time to develop their ideas.

It is approximately 23 square metres (247 sq ft) with heating and electricity and its own entrance offering access 7 days per week.  The studio has a fold-out sofa bed, desk and storage with a shared toilet and wash-up facilities. Artists also have access to a basic kitchen, shower and other facilities in the main building during office hours (8:00am – 10:00pm). All facilities are regularly cleaned twice a day.  Although you will responsible for the live/work space during your stay.  

There will be opportunities for socially engaged artists to work with local communities to develop their work and also potentially to show work resulting from the residency in the gallery at spudWORKS.

The cost of the space for a self-funded residency is £125 per week payable in advance plus a one-off £50 administration fee.


Covid-19 Safety Guarantees: 

Since reopening after lockdown spudWORKS has instigated comprehensive Health and Safety procedures for anyone visiting and working in the building.  These include:


  • Hand sanitisers throughout the building

  • Temperature check on entry

  • Regular cleaning of all the building facilities

  • Monitoring who is entering the building

Note: Due to stricter hygiene and safety measures, all visitors of the residency studio will need to bring their own sheets, duvets and pillows.

Applicants should demonstrate: 

  • A commitment to an on-going contemporary art/creative practice. 

  • An engagement with the wider contemporary art/creative context or community.

  • A clear vision for the development of their work. 

  • How a residency at spudWORKS will benefit their practice. 

We understand the need for people to concentrate on developing and delivering their own work but we hope resident artists will be open to opportunities offered the broader creative activities and community at spudWORKS e.g. networking events, workshops, exhibitions, collaborations. If you would like to engage with a wider public during your residency and are willing to offer a talk or workshop during your stay at the studio we would be happy to work with you to arrange this. 



spudWORKS is pleased to receive proposals and applications for self-funded residencies from artists working in a range of media and at any stage of their careers. 


Application process:

Please fill out the Application Form and email to: or post to: 


SPUD Self Funded Residencies


Station Road


Hants. SO41 6BA


Selection procedure:

·    All applications are considered on the quality of the work, commitment to development and potential engagement with the creative environment at spudWORKS and the surrounding area. 


·    All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.



Applications for residencies in 2021/22 are ongoing and will be dealt with as received.

spudWORKS, Station Road, Sway, Hampshire, SO41 6BA

Tel. 01590 682260


Your information will be handled in line with SPUD’s data privacy policy.

Funded Artist Residency opportunity at spudWorks Live/Work space

SPUD has a vision to convert the remains of an old disused water tower in their grounds to a bespoke space for creative activities for people living with dementia and their carers, ‘The Living Room’. Currently this space has been transformed into an experimental, temporary outside workshop area to enable us to use it and familiarise visitors and workshops participants with the space.  

Working with our central concepts at the core:  place/placemaking, collaboration, design and communities, the aim of this residency is to explore that space in collaboration with participants to develop new and innovative ways of working to make deeper connections with older people locally, those with dementia and the groups that support them.  


This is an opportunity for an artist/artist group to undertake a residency at our studios in Sway, New Forest with a focus on engaging older people in the community, and particularly people living with early stage dementia and their carers.  Applicants should have previous experience of working with this group.  The residency will give studio space and time for the artist to develop their own work the themes, to explore the 'Living Room' space and to build to a series of innovative workshops to run next spring/summer with members of the community.

Fee:  £6,000.

For the artist's brief, more information and details please contact Alex Hoare: 

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