With thanks to the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust we are pleased to offer an annual residency opportunity based at Grizedale forest. This intensive six week long residency aims to foster experimentation and innovation in response to the natural environment.

2019 awardees are Karolin Schwab and Ben Allan

About The Residency

Known as the First Forest for Sculpture in the UK and made up of 3,000 hectares of managed woodland located within the Lake District National Park, Grizedale is a unique place for visitors of all ages to enjoy art in the landscape 365 days a year. There are currently 40 sculptures in the collection and the forest welcomes over 250,000 visitors each year.

A Royal Society of Sculptors member will be paired with an early-career sculptor (2nd/3rd year student or post graduate from universities based in the North West) to explore how creative ideas can evolve and how new ideas and innovative thinking can cross generations of artistic practice. Two sculptors who work in any medium will be selected to work side by side, enabling them to explore, test and develop new ideas and processes. The key aim of this residency will be to encourage a shared verbal and visual dialogue between the two artists and ultimately inspire and further the language of their individual practice.

Throughout the residency each artist will have access to a studio in the heart of the forest and will be given an introduction to how the forest is managed from forestry through to wildlife, from the team based at Grizedale.

Accommodation is based a short drive away on the outskirts of Satterthwaite village in Low Bowkerstead, a Grade II listed traditional 17th Century cottage.

The opportunity also includes an exhibition of work produced during the residency at the Forest Artworks Project Space. The exhibition will run 20 September – 31 December 2019 and will be supported by a programme of talks and events. There is no additional fee for the exhibition and the selected artists are expected to give a talk about their projects at the launch of the exhibition.

A short film will also be created exploring how the residency has developed and the impact of it on work of the sculptors.

The residency will run from 2 August – 13 September 2019 inclusively. 

Each artist will receive a £1,000 stipend plus £1,000 towards materials.

How to Apply

The residency is open to current members of the Royal Society of Sculptors and early-career sculptors (2nd/3rd year student or post graduate from universities based in the North West).

Applications have now closed and will reopen in 2020. Subscribe to our monthly enewsletter here to find out when applications go live again.

For more information about Grizedale please visit their website.

This award is generously supported by the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust.