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Can i apply on behalf of two people or a group?
You can, but we only have a accommodation budget for one person, so the shortfall in extra accommodation must be made up by the applicant.

When will the residency take place?
Any time between March and December 2018. We will discuss convenient with the two successful applicants, once the residency has been awarded

If I am 25 and living in Kent, can I apply to Open Call 1?
Yes, we will accept applications from those who are 25 and under at the time of application.

How do I prove that I qualify for Open Call 1?
Upon awarding the residency, we will require proof of residence in Kent

How do I pay the application fee?
There is a link at the bottom of this page

Artist Residency 2018


Open Call 1

Kent-based visual artists under the age of 25 (at the time of application)

Deadline: 12am 28th February 2018



UK-based visual artists, working in all disciplines.
(No age restrictions. No geographical restrictions)




The Award

Each Residency Award consists of:

  • 2 free studios at Bon Volks, Margate
  • Free accommodation
  • Opportunity to exhibit, perform or create public events in the Bon Volks Project Space


Duration of each Residency

Between 4 and 8 weeks, dependant on needs of applicant

Who we are looking for

We welcome applicants who can display a keen dedication to their practice and clarity of proposal.

We welcome applications from individuals who would like to propose a specific project for the duration of the residency or those who would like to use the time to develop existing work for an exhibition or event. 

We encourage practitioners of all types to apply. To date, our Residency Studios have been used by a variety of practitioners -  as a writing space, planning space or making space. 

For images of the archive please visit

Bon Volks is an organisation focused on giving its members a share in the direction of the studios, so we welcome people who would enjoy working in an open, collaborative atmosphere.

The Project Space is offered free to each successful residency, but it is not critical that it be used as a part of the application.

We recommend that applicants who intend to use the Project Space as part of their application, study the floorplan here

All we require from each applicant is that they give one public talk or event at some point in the duration of their residency.

The award is for a single artist. Those who collaborate and wish to apply as a pair - we can not provide accommodation for more than one individual, but would be happy to support a funding bid to provide accommodation for the second applicant.

How to apply

Please apply by emailing the following:

  • An overview of your practice (500 words)
  • Your proposal for use of the residency (1000 words)
  • Proposed duration of project
  • Up to 10 images, 

Applications should not exceed 10MB in size


Each application requires a fee of £15.00.

As a non-profit organisation, this fee contributes to the administration and running of the residency programme, in concurrence with our fundraising and funding support.

Once paid, please email your application to, with the subject line 'Artist Residency 2017/18', followed by Open Call 1 or Open Call 2.


Due to the size of the residency studios, we feel that those who work on a large scale or with industrial materials, would not be suitable for the residency. Please refer to floor-plan below for dimensions of the studios.

Similarly, the residency studios are on the first floor, without lift access.

NB Open Call 1 is open to artists who are based in Kent at the time of applying. This does not preclude those studying at Kent Institutions, who are originally from elsewhere.
We will require proof of address with the application.

The Judges

The applications will be judged by a panel of Bon Volks Members

Application Deadline

Deadline for applications is 12am 1st February  2018

Pay Residency Application Fee