We are delighted to announce an invitation to artists to apply for one of four artist’s residencies to take place at the gallery in autumn 2022 and spring 2023.

Over the past eight years we have actively contributed to debates around the civic role and social purpose of contemporary galleries. The Jerwood Newlyn Residency offers opportunities for up to six artists to be in-residence within our organisation, exploring and developing their own practice in response to the wider mission of the gallery, with a particular invitation to interrogate and support this socially-focussed strand of our work.

Resident artists may choose to focus their activities in a particular department, programme or location where we are currently active. That might be at our Newlyn or Penzance venues or off-site. They may choose to engage with our interest in the future of the ‘High Street’; our engagement with local schools and Social Prescribing programmes; our partnership with national collections to empower new curators from our communities; our interest in delivering projects in non-gallery contexts, or indeed any other area of our work.

For some artists, their involvement in the residency programme may lead to high-profile, public outcomes, with the delivery of performances, online content or participatory projects. For others, their work might be more research-based, of value more specifically to them or the gallery. Both approaches would be acceptable to us. Our priority is that the artist is supported to work to their own timescale, expressly to benefit their creative and professional development.

For the right artists this could provide an extraordinary opportunity to develop their practice, with the full support of the wider gallery team. From our previous work in supporting artists’ professional development, we recognise that the best projects result from opportunities with no predetermined outcomes, and we expect that to be the case with these residencies.

The first two residencies took place in 2021 and conclude in spring 2022. We are now recruiting the final four of six artists. This call is for applications for two slots in autumn 2022 and two in spring 2023. Applicants must be in the first 10 years of their practice. We invite applications for residencies of between up to eight weeks’ duration.


Selected artists will be provided with the following:

  • Furnished accommodation in Newlyn or Penzance for the duration of the residency
  • A fee equivalent to £25,420 pa pro rata
  • There are budgets available for professional development, mentoring, creative production and, if required, disability access needs

We are not providing a studio space for our resident artists, anticipating that their approach to their own practice and this particular residency opportunity might lead to them working alongside gallery staff. A desk space in one of our offices will therefore be provided. However, should a studio space be needed, we will be happy to work with local partners to try and provide that.


There will be a two-stage application process.


We invite artists to submit a proposal which includes the following:

  • Please explain why you are attracted to this opportunity and how you see it supporting the development of your practice (A 3-minute video statement or up to 600 words)
  • Please explain how you intend approaching your residency, including your preferred start and end dates? (A 3-minute video statement or up to 600 words)
  • You are invited to submitted information about your current artwork, which could include digital images, audio or video files as you see fit
  • Recent CV
  • The names and contact details of two professional referees

If you choose to submit a video statement, we are expecting a simple head and shoulders shot recorded on a phone or similar. You won’t be judged on the production values of this video!

All the data shows that in spite of organisations’ best intentions, those recruited into positions in public galleries, including opportunities for artists, tend not to reflect the diversity of the UK workforce. We’d like to change that. We want Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to work, to stay and to do their best work, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity or class or socio-economic background.

We understand that some applicants will be looking for a degree of flexible working, and we will always try and accommodate that. As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this opportunity.

Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss with us any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you may require.

Please email your application to [email protected] by 9:00, Mon 4 Apr 2022.



Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview on Zoom in the week of 18 Apr after which the final artist selection with be made. 


The Jerwood Newlyn Residency is funded through the Jerwood Arts Development Programme Fund, which provides funding for arts organisations who, with vision and skill, can deliver transformational development opportunities for artists, curators and/or producers in their field. The programmes offer deep learning and tailor-made developmental support for individual artists, curators and/or producers at a critical moment in their career, launching new artistic voices.

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. It enables transformative opportunities for individuals across art forms, supporting imaginative awards, bursaries, fellowships, projects, programmes and commissions. It is committed to supporting artistic freedom of expression and being as inclusive as possible across all of its work. It presents new work and brings people from across the arts together through its exhibitions and events at Jerwood Space, London, as well as across the UK and online.