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Residencies

V.O Residencies provide emerging and lesser represented artists with the time and space to research and develop new work. The 2022 V.O Residency Programme will host six artists across three sessions, inviting practitioners to experiment and create new work in an open and supportive environment. Residents are provided with free studio space, critical and practical support, the opportunity to present a solo exhibition, and access to useful resources and a broad network of individuals and organisations. V.O aims to bring together diverse voices and encourages applicants from all backgrounds. The V.O Residency Programme is focused on promoting artistic exchange, socially-focused discourse and knowledge production.

V.O Residencies are open to artists in their first five years of professional practice and with less than three solo exhibitions. During the residency, artists will be provided with studio space at V.O Studios Mayfair. They will have the opportunity to engage in critical and ongoing dialogue about their practice and work with the V.O founders, Zina Vielle and Nnamdi Obiekwe, and programme curator, Kate Wong, as well as an invited external mentor. During their time in residence, artists are invited to take part in V.O Open Studios, a quarterly event that provides studio practitioners with the opportunity to showcase their work to other artists and interested audiences.

Each resident is invited to present a solo exhibition or project at V.O Gallery, and will have the possibility of producing a publication or print project related to the work they have developed while in residence. Artists are also invited to donate a work to V.O Curations that represents the thinking and work done during their residency.

For Sessions 2 and 3 this year, we will be inviting an external judge to help select the successful applicants.


2021 Residents: Motoko Ishibashi, Rhea Dillon, Reem Shadid, Gray Wielebinski, Josephine Baker, Michael and Chiyan Ho, R.I.P. Germain, Chris Zhongtian Yuan, Dala Nasser

2021 Mentors: Anthea Hamilton, Matt Williams, Margot Norton, Dr. Nicole Wolf, Pope.L, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Weng Xiaoyu


V.O Residencies, 2022 Programme

Applications for our 2022 Residency Programme are now open.

Please find more information and full application details here

Session 1

Residency period: 10.01 - 29.04

Application deadline: 10am GMT, 8 November 2021

Shortlist announced: 15 November 2021

Residents selected: 29 November 2021


Session 2

Residency period: 03.05 - 19.08

Application deadline: 10am GMT, 31 January 2022

Shortlist announced: 14 February 2022

Residents selected: 21 February 2022


Session 3

Residency period: 01.09 - 20.12

Application deadline: 10am GMT, 6 June 2022

Shortlist announced: 20 June 2022

Residents selected: 27 June 2022