Somerset House Studios

Somerset House Studios is a new experimental workspace for artists, makers and thinkers. The Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies. Applications are open to recruit up to 25 new artists to join the community. Artists may apply to occupy a studio for 1 – 2.5 years, with rents capped by Somerset House in order to keep them low.


Somerset House Studios is devised for artists who are pushing bold ideas, engaging with urgent issues,  pioneering new technologies, and are  fully committed to exploring the potential afforded by making work within a highly selective multi-disciplinary community that feeds a public programme. Applications are welcome across all disciplines including but not limited to visual art, music and composition, performance, dance and live art, fiction and non-fiction writers, fashion, film and those working at the intersection of art and technology.  The overall balance of artists is an important factor in selecting new residents.
Applications are welcome from artists who meet the above criteria and in addition:
  • Make their primary living from their practice
  • Are willing to share their practice with a community of peers as well as a range of audiences
  • Can demonstrate that their practice will benefit from being part of a cross disciplinary creative community
  • Are over 18 years of age (there is no age maximum)
  • Are UK based. Applications are welcome from overseas artists but Somerset House Studios must be their primary place of work
  • Have carefully read the Guidelines section on this site and understand that their practice can be accommodated by Somerset House Studios
Eligible artists may apply for a space at Somerset House Studios for a period of up to 2.5 years. The duration proposed should relate to a planned period of activity for the artist around their own aims and objectives, which will be reviewed periodically during the residency period.