Applications now closed.


*26th of February at 12pm*

The inaugural BODY and PLACE residencies aim to reframe the drawing of the body within unusual contexts outside the confines of the life room.  Drawing and mark making is a recognised way to access and unleash the creative process. As it falls out of favour in art schools and in the art curriculum generally, we invite artists across generations to rethink drawing the body as an essential and key part of their artistic practice.

We aim to reinvigorate the drawing of the body by placing it within three distinct contexts:

  • HISTORIC: the collections of Old Master drawings held at the British Museum, Courtauld Institute of Art and the Royal CollectionTrust in Windsor;
  • LANDSCAPE: the hills, lake, woodlands and interiors of an historic Arts and Crafts house and its collection at Owlpen Manor, Gloucestershire; and
  • ARCHITECTURE: the unique architectural environment and experience that is Walmer Yard W11;

Experimental workshops will be held for up 10 professional artists for each of the three residencies by passionate and well-respected drawing practitioners with many decades of experience of teaching, seeing and working with the model.  They are: Jo Volley of the Slade School of Art who will lead the Historic residencies; Martin Morris of Kingston School of Art who will lead the 4-day residency at Owlpen Manor and Rebecca Cartwright of the Royal College of Art for the Architecture residency.

Participating artists will practise in the fields of sculpture, drawing, painting and related disciplines, with an emphasis on sculpture.  The hope is that for many participants, life drawing will be outside their normal practice and their comfort zone and that the residencies will open new artistic avenues.

This opportunity is open to artists of any age and we are aiming for a cross-generational mix of artists with varied skills and approaches.  We welcome applications from around the world for the LANDSCAPE and ARCHITECTURE residencies but the HISTORIC residency is only open to UK residents.   

theCoLAB is an independent curatorial practice which promotes the practice and appreciation of contemporary sculpture in all its forms.  theCoLAB sets up collaborations with partners across the commercial and private, art and non-art fields to support the careers of artists.  Through site-specific commissions, residency programmes and exhibitions it acts as a platform for mentoring artists through the process of sculpting a living.



There is an entry fee of £30 per artist as a contribution to theCoLAB’s administrative costs only.

PLEASE NOTE: only one application is permissible per artist but artists may apply for one, two or all three of the residencies.



The selection panel for the inaugural BODY and PLACE residencies of 2019 is:

Mary Doyle – Director, The Drawing Room
Ketty Gottardo – Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, Courtauld Institute of Art
Roger Malbert – Independent curator and former Head of Touring at Hayward Gallery
Claire Mander – Director + Curator, theCoLAB (Chair)
Nina Wisnia theCoLAB


21 January 2019

Open Call – submissions open

26 February 2019 at 12pm

Open Call – submissions close

28 February 2019

9.30am – 6pm

Jury to consider applications   

1 March 2019

Notify successful/unsuccessful artists.

Thurs 7 March 2019

10.30am to 1pm


1.00 – 2.30pm

Residency 1: Historic Collections:

British Museum Prints and Drawings Room

Led by Sarah Jaffray, Project Officer for Briget Riley Foundation Curator

Looking at and drawing drawings

Workshop: Jo Volley


Fri 8 March 2019




Residency 1: Historic Collections:

British Museum – curator’s tour

British Museum Prints and Drawings Room

Life drawing session

Workshop: Jo Volley

11 March 2019



Residency 1: Historic Collections:

Royal Collection, Windsor

Looking at and drawing drawings

Led by Martin Clayton

Life drawing session

14 March 2019

10am – 5pm



Residency 1: Historic Collections:

Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, London (subject to final confirmation)

Looking at and drawing drawings

Led by Ketty Gottardo

Life drawing session led by Jo Volley


3-6 June inclusive 2019



Residency 2:  Landscape

Owlpen Manor, Gloucestershire

Life drawing led by Martin Morris

7-10 October 2019



Residency 3: Contemporary Architecture:

Walmer Yard W11

Life drawing led by Rebecca Cartwright

November 2019

Participating artists to evaluate the residencies and/or participate in discussions, details to be confirmed

Rules and Guidelines


All residencies are open to professional artists of any age working in any discipline, with a preference for sculptors.  A range of experience and disciplines is sought for each residency.

A miniumum of 2 years in professional practice post completion of education (where relevant) is required.  There is no maximum years of professional experience required and a cross-generational mix of participants is sought.

Please note:

Historic residencies are only open to artists living and working in the UK as accommodation is not provided.

The Landscape residency is open to artists living and working anywhere in the world.

The Architecture residency is open to artists living and working anywhere in the world.

Please note that ALL workshops will be conducted in English and a high level of fluency is therefore required from any international applicants.

We are not able to cover: artists’ travel whether to and from the residencies or within London.  International artists will be required to pay for their own travel to and from the residency locations.  For the residential Landscape and Architecture residencies, theCoLAB will cover accommodation and subsistence. For the Historic residency, theCoLAB will contribute to subsistence.

Images of past work must include a majority of drawings although not necessarily of the body, to include architectural and exploratory drawings. Drawing does not need to form the major part of the applicant’s practice.


Please submit the following via the online application only:

  • up to 5 images of a maximum of five recent works in JPEG format (max 1MB, 700dpi) in any medium but to include at least 3 drawings and titled with artist’s name, title of work, year of work, medium, dimensions (h x w x d);
  • an up to date supporting curriculum vitae (maximum of 1 side of A4);
  • a short description of your current practice and your future creative ambitions (200 words max) and responses to the questions in relation to each residency:
    • whether and why drawing is or could be important to your practice;
    • how the residencies you have applied for would inform the development of your work;
    • why place is important to your work (maximum of 200 words total)
  • the contact details of two references
  • completed online entry form
  • A non-refundable entry fee of ₤30 for theCoLAB’s administrative costs only.


The closing deadline for online submission is 19 February 2019 at 5pm. All entries must be submitted via the online entry form.

From the online submissions and from a list of invited artists, the jury will create a shortlist from which it will invite up to 10 artists to participate in each of the three residencies.  The successful artists will be announced by February 2019.

There will be no interview conducted for the residencies, but the panel will be delighted to give feedback to the unsuccessful shortlisted artists, if requested.

The participating artists will be invited to evaluate the impact of the residencies on their work.


All artists submitting work online agree to comply with the eligibility criteria and accept that where these are not met, their application will not be accepted.


All submitting artists confirm that they hold all intellectual property rights in the work and that they have obtained prior written approval for the use of any third party copyrighted material contained in the submitted work.

The selected artists accept and agree that he or she, work in progress and completed work will be photographed and reproduced on websites, catalogues, press, publicity, promotion and advertising on theCoLAB and other third-party websites.

Copyright of all works remains the property of the artist but the artist grants an irrevocable licence to use relevant images of their work as outlined above.


The artist retains title to and ownership of any work(s) created during the residencies and is responsible for taking it away and storing it at the end of the residencies.


Should the opportunity arise after the residencies are complete for the sale of any work produced during or as a result of BODY and PLACE, 15% of the proceeds are to be applied for the continuation of the work of theCoLAB.


In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (and all other relevant Data Protection legislation), the organiser of BODY and PLACE (theCoLAB) and its Project Managers will hold the personal data of artists supplied on the Entry Form securely. The data will only be used in the process of administering the BODY and PLACE residencies and will not be transferred to any third party not directly involved in this project. Data pertaining to those whose work is not selected will be held for up to 12 months, after which this information will be destroyed by all parties.


By entering BODY and PLACE, artists are agreeing to all of the conditions of entry.  theCoLAB’s decision on all matters pertaining to the above is final. theCoLAB reserves the right, at any time, and from time to time to amend, modify, vary, or discontinue the terms of this competition.


The award is operated by the theCoLAB, Exchange at Somerset House, South Wing Strand, London, WC2R 1LA, England.

Help & Guidance

Help & FAQs

Can I attend selected days on any of the residencies?

No, you must be able to commit to attending the whole of each residency applied for.

What will I be expected to pay for?

You will be expected to pay for travel to and from the residencies both within and outside London and for any international travel.  theCoLAB aims to pay for most of the meals during the residential Landscape and Architecture residencies.  It will also provide a light lunch and limited refreshments during the Historic residency.

Will I be expected to provide materials?

You are welcome to bring your own drawing materials, if preferred.  Pencils, charcoal, basic paper and boards will be provided.

Can I withdraw once I have accepted a residency place?

No.  A substantial investment in each artist is made for Body and Place and a firm commitment to the residencies is required.  If unforseen circumstances result in you not being able to attend, please notify as soon as possible and we will attempt to fill the place.

Will alll the participating artists be selected from the Open Call?

It is envisaged that the vast majority of artists will be selected from the open call, although there may be some places offered to invited artists.

Is there a day to day programme for the residencies and will I be required to contribute?

Yes, there is a programme for each day of each of the residencies, full details of which will be provided and published in February 2019.   Various contributions from the participating artists and outside contributors will be sought.

Will there be an exhibition at the end of the residencies?

It is not currrently envisaged to hold an exhibition of works created during the residencies as it is a process residency.

I am an artist living/working outside the UK.  Can I apply for the Historic residency in London and Windsor? 

No, unfortunately we are not able to offer this residency to international artists on this occasion.  It is a non-residential residency and we are not able to provide accommodation, subsistence and mentoring over the extended period of this residency.

Will theCoLAB be able to assist with funding applications?

theCoLAB can provide a generalised letter of support and confirmation of selection for a funding application, but it is not in a position to commit to joint funding applications.

When will I hear if I have been shortlisted? 

We will not be publishing a list of the shortlisted artists.

When will I hear if I have been selected for the BODY and PLACE?

The announcement of the selected artists will be made on 1 March via email and on theCoLAB website and social media.

What happens after being selected? 

Following the announcement of the selected artists on 1 March 2019, the artists will be sent an outline of the programme and expectations of the residencies and asked to cofirm attendance.

Is feedback provided?

The panel will be delighted to give feedback to the unsuccessful shortlisted artists if requested.

I cannot upload my images, what should I do?

Check that each of your image files 1MB or less and that it is a JPEG file format.  If you still encounter problems, please contact us using the form on the contact us page, e-mail projects@thecolab.art or call + 44 (0) 1372 462190.

If you are unsure about any aspect of the application process, please contact projects@thecolab.art or call + 44 (0) 1372 462190 prior to submission.

Terms and Conditions

  • The proposals submitted must be entirely the entrant’s original idea and creation and they must not infringe someone else’s copyright or other intellectual property rights. The submission must be lawful, it must not be offensive, obscene, racist, insulting, discriminating or otherwise objectionable and it must not contain any form of advertising.
  • The competition shall open on Monday 21 January 2019 and close on 19 February at 5pm.
  • Each artist can apply for any or all of the residencies. All applications must be made by submitting the online application form. Applications plus payment must be received by the closing date specified. No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are incomplete, delayed, damaged, wrongly delivered or not received for whatever reason.
  • By submitting an application, the entrant promises that all of the information comprised in the application is correct. The entrant also promises to comply with these rules and any other comission requirements specified.
  • Entrants grant BODY and PLACE and theCoLAB the unrestricted right (without royalty) to reproduce images of submitted artworks in any publication in connection with the BODY and PLACE project.
  • Before and during the residencies, the artists, where possible, will be expected to actively take part in the social media and campaign by supplying content for interviews, and where required video pieces.  The artists consent to the use of any interview material for a future publication.
  • The participating artists may be expected to participate in an evaluation programme and possibly panel discussions or events to be arranged.
  • The participants are expected to sign agreements governing the conditions applicable to the residencies and theCoLAB reserves the right to remove the artist from the shortlist or withdraw the participants application if the relevant agreement is not signed or if the agreement is breached.
  • In all matters arising in connection with the commission, the jury/theCoLAB’s decision shall be final.
  • TheCoLAB reserves the right to cancel this award or alter these rules if it considers that it has good reason to do so.
  • These rules are governed by English law and any disputes will be decided only by the courts of the United Kingdom.


For all enquiries, please contact: info@thecolab.art

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Partners and Sponsors

The BODY and PLACE project is generously supported by private philanthropists and patrons who wish to remain anonymous.

theCoLAB wholeheartedly thanks the British Museum Prints and Drawings Department, The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Royal Collection Trust, for providing access to its collections and the research that emboldens them; Owlpen Manor for inviting the artists to discover the house and its collections and to grant liberal access to its grounds and to Walmer Yard W11 for its enthusiastic support of life drawing in the context of contemporary architectural spaces.

theCoLAB is hugely grateful to members of the panel for sharing their extensive expertise, valuable time and for supporting drawing as a relevant, exciting and pivotal contemporary practice.

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