3 x 1-month Residential Studio Residencies for BNC Alumni with British School at Rome


British School at Rome. Photo by Sophie Hay

3 x 1-month Residential Studio Residencies for BNC Alumni with British School at Rome


16 September 2020

New Contemporaries is delighted to offer three, one-month residential studio residency opportunities in partnership with British School at Rome open to artists working in all media. The studio residencies will allow the three recipients time to familiarise themselves with Rome and undertake some research towards developing a new work. The three studio residencies will run consecutively in Rome between 11 January and 2 April 2021.

To be considered please read the information below.

Residency information:

  • Dates: 11 January to 2 April 2021.
  • Each recipient will be awarded a £700 stipend to cover their travel between the UK and Rome return and a research bursary.
  • The New Contemporaries alumni would be in residence with other artists at BSR and will be expected to play a part in the community at the School.
  • The recipients will be provided with a residential en-suite studio and meals (breakfast each day; lunch and dinner six days per week).
  • Support for New Contemporaries alumni will be provided by the BSR’s Visual Art Residency and Programme Curator (supported by interns), the Assistant Director for Fine Arts, Architecture and Creative Industries as well as other members of the BSR’s staff.
  • The BSR has a full and exciting programme of events (lectures, workshops, exhibitions, conferences, for example), which all award-holders are welcome — and indeed expected — to attend. There are also regular site visits to places that are usually open to all award-holders. The BSR’s Permissions Officer is also able to facilitate access to archives, sites and museum collections not normally open to the public, which is invaluable for all award-holders.

General conditions for residencies at the BSR:

Successful applicants must:

  • live in the BSR throughout the period of the award;
  • be prepared to learn some Italian before going to Rome;
  • take out medical insurance for the duration of their tenure;
  • submit a report on their tenure, together with images of work completed in Rome.


  • The opportunity is open to exceptional and ambitious artists that have exhibited as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries between 2010 and 2019 inclusive.
  • Previous recipients of other British School at Rome opportunities are regrettably ineligible to apply.
  • There are no restrictions on type of media or forms of practice attached to these opportunities.
  • You must agree to produce 1 written/visual/audio work for the New Contemporaries blog during the residency.

Application Process:

The selection process will be administered by New Contemporaries, with the selection panel composed of representatives of the BSR’s Faculty of the Fine Arts and New Contemporaries.

In making an appointment to an award we will assess all applications using the following set of criteria:

  • the quality of the applicant’s creative output and the appropriateness of their qualifications;
  • the extent to which the applicant’s proposal reflects the purpose of the award;
  • the viability of the proposal as a project to be carried out with support from the BSR.

In addition to these three basic selection criteria, we will take into consideration the potential for the award to impact on the applicant’s creative development and will attempt to ensure that the needs and interests of the successful applicant are compatible with the facilities available at the BSR and the interests of its community. Priority will be given to those who are no longer in full- or part-time formal education at the time of application.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates that identify as Black or People of Colour.

Application Requirements:

To apply please submit the equal opportunities form and one PDF document set in 11-point font containing the information below presented in the following order:

  1. Artists CV containing contact details. No more than 1 page of A4.
  2. Short statement of no more than 300 words about your work.
  3. Summary of no more than 300 words explaining how the opportunity will benefit your practice.
  4. A maximum of 5 images of your work or Vimeo links. Including title, year of completion and medium of work. Please note that these works must have been completed within the last 2 years.
  5. The year you were part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries.
  6. Your availability to take up the opportunity if successful.

Please send a PDF application and equal opportunities form to opportunities@newcontemporaries.org.uk by no later than 10:00am on Thursday 15 October 2020.

Please number the pages and put your name on each page. Title your PDF document in the following way: FirstnameLastname_BSR2021

Regrettably only applications submitted in the format above will be considered.

We will let you know if you have been successful by the beginning of November 2020. Regrettably, we are unable to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Equal Opportunities Form

About the British School at Rome

Founded in 1901, the BSR — the UK’s leading research institute abroad — is a centre of interdisciplinary research excellence in the Mediterranean, supporting the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences. Behind its Lutyens-designed façade in central Rome, a succession of resident scholars, architects and artists engage with the art, history and culture of Italy, the Mediterranean and the wider world through a rich variety of research projects conducted in its world-class Library, artist studios and event spaces. We create an environment for work of international standing and impact from Britain and the Commonwealth, and provide a bridge into the intellectual and cultural heart of Rome, Italy and the Mediterranean basin.

The BSR is exceptionally well networked with Italian institutions, superintendencies and universities. It also has closed links with the remarkable group of some twenty other foreign academies in Rome. As a result, the BSR is uniquely placed to add value to international training, practice and research.

The BSR supports:

  • residential awards for visual artists and architects
  • residential awards for research in the archaeology, history, art history, society and culture of Italy and the Mediterranean
  • exhibitions, especially in contemporary art and architecture
  • a multidisciplinary programme of lectures and conferences
  • internationally collaborative research projects, including archaeological fieldwork
  • a specialist research library
  • monograph publications of research and our highly-rated journal, Papers of the British School at Rome
  • specialist taught courses.

About Residential Awards at the BSR

Residential awards at the BSR provide unprecedented access to Rome and Italy. They offer the superb opportunity to research and focus upon work away from normal pressures, and to use the BSR as a base to make the best use possible of the remarkable resources that the city offers.

The vibrant interdisciplinary community provides an environment such that most people have never encountered throughout their education and/or professional career. There are numerous opportunities — whether over breakfast, lunch and dinner, in workshops and lectures, whilst relaxing in the common spaces, or whilst on site visits — to exchange ideas and viewpoints, with incredible synergies emerging in expected and unexpected ways.

The regular programme of events that are open to the public enables residents to meet and interact with others in their own and other disciplines. A programme of group exhibitions gives all artists and architects the opportunity to show their work.

A wide range of awards is open to fine artists at every career stage, from immediate graduate on. Similarly in the ‘humanities’, award-holders go from postgraduate students to emeritus professors, with all stages in between. Former award-holders in the visual arts include Richard Billingham, Spartacus Chetwynd, Adam Chodzko, Lucy Gunning, Chantal Joffe, Hayley Newman, Laure Prouvost, Elizabeth Price, Florian Roithmayr, Daniel Silver, Daniel Sinsel and Mark Wallinger.

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