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Artists Residencies

Supported by the F W Reckitt Arts Trust

In 2016, we launched our Artist Residency Programme at Hawkwood. We believe this programme will have national impact across a range of art forms and provide artists, musicians, writers, theatre practitioners and cross disciplinary artists the opportunity to come and stay at Hawkwood and create work.

By offering professional artists time and space away from their usual environment and obligations we can provide a time of reflection, research, collaboration, presentation and/or production. We will be welcoming individuals and groups of artists for a period of up to three weeks in a year.

If appropriate, we offer the opportunity to showcase work as part of our events programme or host informal exhibitions. We are also delighted to be working in partnership with local, regional and national organisations on this programme creating a cultural hub in the heart of the Cotswolds supporting creative professionals of all ages. Applications are open on a rolling basis. To be eligible, you need to be a professional artist and not be able to cover the costs of a residency yourself.

To apply please email Alicia Carey, Principal on alicia.carey@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk and title the email Hawkwood Artist Residency Programme followed by your name. Please provide background on your work, with examples or a CV and explain why a residency would be valuable for you and when you would like your residency to take place.

   

Here are some blogs and testamonials from Artists that have so far been granted funding at Hawkwood through the Artists' Residencies programme.

Geoff Mead

Ted and I are coming to the end of a two-week stay at Hawkwood College, Stroud as Writer (and Dog) In Residence. Our room is on the first floor at the far left of the building with one window overlooking the courtyard and another (just visible in the picture, below the lower gable) at the front of the house with views across the valley.

When Alicia Carey, the Principal contacted me in January to ask if I’d like to come, I knew straight away that I wanted to use the opportunity to see if I could make a book about bereavement from the 30,000 words of memoir, 150 blogs and 40 poems I’ve written since Chris died.

Over the past 18 months, many of you have encouraged me to share the account of my journey more widely because you found it moving and helpful to read when confronting your own losses and disappointments. I’m so grateful for your support for me personally and as a writer.

I recently found a publisher who is also interested in the idea and, for the past fortnight, I’ve been wrestling with how I might offer my experience of bereavement, not as an expert guide, but as a fellow traveller doing my best to make sense of things that most of us will experience at some time in our lives.

A book has begun to take shape that I hope might become a good companion for others also living through the pain and confusion of bereavement. Re-visiting the time of Chris’s illness and death, has been tough but I as I commit my story to the page I hold it more lightly: the act of writing is both a means to remember and a way of letting go. It’s one way I mourn her loss.

I’ll continue the process when Ted and I go on holiday to Ireland next week. By the end of the summer, I should have something to show the publisher and, with a bit of luck, I’ll have a completed manuscript by the autumn.

Wish me luck!


Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

“We absolutely loved the writer’s residency…so grateful to Hawkwood for giving us the opportunity to be able to dive deeply in to our material without having to think about all the 'stuff’ of daily living. Pure bliss, very creative and very very productive.

Having the basics of life being taken care of meant much more was achieved during the working day…. It has inspired us to do another residency now we know the benefit of working in this way. And we had fun engaging with some of the other people there for courses. It was an all round winner for us. “Thank you.