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Artist at Soane Residency

Sir John Soane’s Museum is inviting creatives to take part in Artist at Soane, a new residency in its Drawing Office.


Sir John Soane’s Museum is the house and museum of the British architect, collector, and Royal Academy Professor Sir John Soane (1753-1837).

The Museum occupies three buildings, Nos 12, 13, and 14 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and houses Sir John Soane’s extraordinary collection of paintings, sculpture, books, drawings, furniture, architectural fragments and models – just as it was curated at the time of his death, with each interior being a work of art in its own right. Today, the Museum attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year. 

At the heart of the museum, the Drawing Office, see above, is the earliest surviving example of a working architectural office.

The residency

To mark the 200th anniversary of its installation, Sir John Soane's Museum is beginning a programme of restoration, new multi-layered digital interpretation, and the launch of the Museum’s first ever residency programme, Artist at Soane.

Starting in 2023, two artist residents will be hosted annually, for three months each, during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).

In addition to working in dry materials in the Office, residents will be able to draw inspiration from the Museum’s collections, archive, library, exhibitions and education programme, related scholarship, or commercial operations.

Residents will receive a fee and regular support from staff across the Museum over the three-month residency period.

The residency will highlight not only the historic importance of Sir John Soane’s Museum, its archive and collections, but also its contemporary relevance and connection with artists, architects and designers practicing now.

Who can apply

Creatives working in any mediums and disciplines are encouraged to apply to Artist at Soane, as long as drawing is central to their practice – whether observational or conceptual. Entries will be accepted from individuals and collaborations.

This new residency is intended to engage with a wide range of artists, architects, designers and makers at all stages of their careers, and to be understanding of their individual circumstances.

The selectors

The entries will be considered by a prestigious panel of selectors:

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  • Pablo Bronstein, Artist
  • Helen Dorey, Deputy Director and Inspectress at Sir John Soane's Museum
  • Nichola Johnson, Former Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia and Trustee of Sir John Soane’s Museum (Chair)
  • Haroon Mirza, Artist
  • Sarah Wigglesworth, Architect

What to expect

The selectors will be looking for a high-quality self-directing artist who will use this new opportunity to best develop their practice and who will use the residency to best enhance the work of the Museum.

Because the Drawing Office was innovative at its time, the Museum seeks to engage with an artist practitioner who will be original in their approach to the residency.

The Museum is keen to engage with the resident to maximise the associated benefits and will dedicate in-house resources to ensuring that artists make the most of the experience of working in this very special organisation.

The artist will be engaged over a pre-agreed number of days in the Museum either working on site, taking part in public engagement or educational activity or using the research facilities.

There will be an honorarium of £1,500 per artist or collaboration, to cover materials, travel and other expenses. There will also be the possibility of an allowance for each artist on a case-by-case basis, to help cover accommodation.

How to apply

To enter, applicants must visit and complete the online application form, including:

  • Up to 6 images of recent work
  • A one-page CV
  • And brief statements regarding how the residency woule contribute to their practice, how they would approach the residency, etc.

Following the online selection, a shortlist of artists will be invited to take part in an interview. This will take place with the selection panel either in person at the Sir John Soane’s Museum or online as required.

It is free to enter.

The deadline for submissions is 4 October 2022, 5pm GMT.


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