Artist in Residence Scheme

The University of Birmingham‘s Artist in Residence programme provides artists with a studio on campus and a unique chance to engage with the diverse range of cultural collections held here. The artists work alongside the University’s curators, conservators and researchers with the opportunity to forge new interdisciplinary relationships. They also work with the cultural engagement team, delivering a series of workshops and lectures to staff, students and the public, bringing an exciting active aspect to the University’s cultural offer.


The University of Birmingham is currently inviting expressions of interest from artists to undertake a residency on campus from summer 2014, culminating in an exhibition/event produced in partnership with the University Curator communicating the artist’s work to a wide audience. This residency will be of interest to artists whose work involves research-based practise.

The residency opportunity offers:

  • A fee of £2500 (including fees, travel and expenses)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to various University resources
  • Opportunity to be involved in the University’s cultural programme, for example the Arts and Science Festival
  • Dependent on outcomes, an exhibition at the end of the residency

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 20 June 2014.

For full application details, click here.

An Alternative Guide to UoB’s cultural venues and collections

Previous artists in residence Sarah Silverwood and Bobby Nixon designed a limited edition map celebrating University of Birmingham’s cultural offer as part of their 2012 residency with the Cultural Engagement department.

Distributed campus wide, they feature a beautifully illustrated campus map peppered with artistic responses to the University’s cultural venues and collections, from venues across campus (including Aston Webb Reception and the Guild).

Sarah Taylor Silverwood


Sarah graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2007 with a first class degree in English, and went on to do an MA in Fine Art at Birmingham City University. Her practice is drawing based but works closely with texts, often culminating with detailed line drawings with reference to literature and comic books. She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and in September 2012 she will have a solo exhibition of drawings at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, entitled Living City. 

For more about Sarah’s work please visit her website. And for a diary of the residency, you can read Sarah’s blog.


Bobby Nixon


Bobby graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. His work considers the human condition in times of catastrophe, the consequence of seismic events from the Black Death to Chernobyl. Through the pursuit of drawing as a primary medium for exploring contemporary notions of apocalypse, his work attempts to envisage environments that consider specific challenges we face: survival, violence, psychosis and alienation. Recent exhibitions include ‘Roadkill’ in Minneapolis.

For a diary of the residency, you can read Bobby's blog