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Self Funded Residency opportunities at spudWORKS, New Forest, SPUD

  • South West
  • crafts, combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, literature, photography, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Alex Hoare


Having recently moved into the spudWORKS building in Sway and undergone a period of capital development (including developing 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.

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.

The studio 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.  Artists will need to bring their own bedding and towels.

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

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

For more information and details of how to apply please visit our website:

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