The South London Gallery Postgraduate Residency is an open submission six-month live-in residency which enables the production of a new body of work and a rare opportunity for an early-career artist to exhibit within an internationally renowned institution. The residency is open to artists who have undertaken a period of self-directed, peer-led or postgraduate study between October 2020 and October 2021. This can include alternative, peer organised and non-accredited programmes from an institution, collective or art school in the UK, as well as an MA, MFA, PGDip, MRes.

Between October 2021 – April 2022, the recipient will receive the following:

  • rent-free accommodation in the SLG Outset Artists’ Flat next door to the gallery;
  • studio space in the SLG Fire Station;
  • a £4,000 artists fee and a £3,500 production budget to produce new work;
  • mentoring sessions and studio visits from SLG staff, including the Director, and other arts professionals;
  • the opportunity to commission an essay about their practice;
  • the opportunity to present a public event in response to their practice;
  • a solo exhibition opening March 2022 in one of the SLG Fire Station galleries.

The residency is generously supported by the Paul and Louise Cooke Endowment.


To be eligible for the residency applicants must:

    • have completed an undergraduate degree (anytime before 2020) and have undertaken a postgraduate period of study between October 2020 and October 2021, including MA, MFA, PGDip, MRes, alternative, peer organised and non-accredited programmes, in an arts discipline from a UK institution, collective or art school, including Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales;
    • not be enrolled in full or part-time education for an undergraduate, postgraduate or equivalent programme;
    • be a UK resident or EU resident with settled or pre-settled status, or hold a Graduate Route visa with the right to stay in the UK for the entire duration of the residency.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from those based outside of London. Support for travel (within the UK) will be offered to those invited to interview, however, due to COVID-19, we may conduct all interviews via video call.


To apply, please download an Applicant Details Form and an Application Form on the right and submit both forms here: 

Please also complete the online equal opportunities monitoring form here: 

The equal opportunities form is anonymous and separate to your application. 

All applications should be submitted by Monday 2 August 2021 at 12 midday. Applications received after this time will not be considered. 

There will be an open information session about the residency on Thursday 29 July at 6pm. Please email to register attendance. 

 If you have questions about the opportunity please email 

Applications should include:  

  • a completed Applicant Details Form and Application Form (please note that the total content of the Application Form, including images, must not exceed 9.5MB);  
  • five images, video links or audio clips of recent work (you may send multiple images of one work but the total number of images should not be more than five). 
  • a completed Equal Opportunities Form, this form is optional but very valuable for the gallery’s ongoing monitoring and evaluation. 

Interviews will take place on Friday 27 August 2021, and if required, support for travel can be provided, though interviews may be conducted over video call. We regret we are unable to respond to all applicants, if you have not heard anything by Monday 23 August 2021 you should assume your application has been unsuccessful. 

Sound Recordings

If you would prefer to listen to the information about the Postgraduate Residency, please find recordings below of the application information.

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