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Self Funded Studio Residencies 

          "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 double bed (that folds away to the wall for added space), desk, sofa, armchair and storage with a shared toilet and wash-up facilities. The studio space also has an induction hob, microwave, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, fridge freezer and basic cooking equipment. There is also a 42" smart TV (with various players) and DAB radio. Artists also have access to the main spudWORKS building with another basic kitchen, shower and other facilities. All facilities are regularly cleaned.  Although you will responsible for the live/work space during your stay.  Bedding (including clean sheets/pillowcases are provided, but you will need to provide your own towels,  There is a well-stocked shop in the village, post office, cafe, award-winning butchers and a couple of pubs. 

spudWORKS is located in the centre of Sway Village, in the New Forest National Park.  It is a 2 minute walk from Sway Railway Station with connections to London and the West Country.  We also have a shared use electric bike, that resident artists can book out and use for free during their stay. Location Map.

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 £260 per week (7 days/Mon 12pm - Mon 10am or part thereof) payable in advance.

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. 


See the calendar below for potentially available slots. Pink blocks show confirmed bookings.  Other times are generally available.  Preferred start day is on a Monday from 12pm. Departure by 10am.



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



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 self-funded residencies 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



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