AER 2018 Residency at the RAW Lab, Bow Arts, London, UK

RAW Lab, Bow Arts

Entry Deadline: Dec. 8

Norton Quays, Royal Albert Wharf, United Kingdom
London, ENG E16 2QJ
PHONE +44 (0)20 8980 7774

Founded by Professor Lucy Orta UAL Chair of Art for the Environment – Centre for Sustainable Fashion, the Art for the Environment Residency Programme (AER), in partnership with residency programmes across Europe, North America, and India invites artists and designers to explore concerns that define the twenty-first century – biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy, human rights – and through their artistic practice, envision a world of tomorrow.

Bow Arts Trust was established as an educational arts charity in 1995 and supports a community of over 500 artists with affordable, secure and creative workspaces. Bow Arts also runs the Nunnery Gallery, a contemporary art gallery which supports a diverse range of local, national and international exhibitions and events.

In 2018 the Nunnery Gallery will host the first exhibition of works by participants of the Art for the Environment Residency Programme (AER). To celebrate this showcase, AER are partnering with Bow Arts for a special nine-week residency at the RAW Lab, in their Royal Albert Wharf studio site.

The 9-week residency opportunity at Raw Lab Bow Arts is exceptionally available for UAL and non UAL artists of all levels living and working across London. The programme will run in conjunction with the exhibition Art for the Environment at the Nunnery Gallery, showcasing works which present different perspective on environmental issues from previous AERs.

Through personal research, studio production time, critiques and mentoring sessions, the AER at Bow Arts will provide a platform for creative individuals to make an impact on how we interact with the environment and each other.

On a site that would have once been at the hearts of London’s industrial Docks, the RAW Lab looks over the Thames and sees the planes take off and land from London City Airport, which, having just increased its capacity, is just over a mile away from the Royal Albert Wharf residential development – that will shortly house over 800 people.

The Proposal:
The RAW Lab is an activation space, part of Bow Arts’ community outreach programme. While exploring social and environmental concerns, the resident is expected to develop a project which incorporates community interaction. The proposal must present ideas of how this could work within the practice – e.g. residency open days, workshops or sharing events – so please indicate how you might approach this in your proposal.

AER at RAW Lab, Bow Arts provides:
• 9-week residency (for a minimum commitment of three days a week)
• studio space
• curator/critique feedback
• stipend of £1,985
• up to £800 for production and travel expenses

Further info: [email protected]

Open ONLY for London based artists. Application Fee (USD): $5.00

To apply please visit:, create your own login and follow the instructions.

Supported by Arts Council England this is a collaborative project between Nunnery Gallery and University of the Arts London.

Bow Arts

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