At Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking, we proudly open our doors to approximately 100 artists each year, spanning various disciplines. Our vibrant Artist Residency Programme, generously supported by The Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust, offers a haven for creativity and collaboration.
Since its launch in 2016, our Artist Residency Programme has left a national footprint, leaving an indelible mark on diverse art forms. Musicians, writers, visual artists, theatre practitioners, and interdisciplinary artists find solace and inspiration within our tranquil haven.
“I wanted to write in and say a huge huge thank you for the care last week that James and I received. It really was a glorious and stunningly well-cared for a time that is so rare. I am in LOVE with Hawkwood and what you have created and maintained… and I hope you come through this difficult time so we can work together in the future.”
Sam Lee, folk artist
“I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to the team at Hawkwood for having us with you last week. It was such an incredible week and really gave our group time and space to create and grow as individuals and as a group. We’ve had such lovely feedback from everyone saying how much it has helped them all as artists and they’ve all really challenged themselves and their writing. Also, we’ve had lots of comments about how beautiful and inspiring the house and its surroundings were.”
The Roundhouse, Poetry Collective
“It’s Nabhaan here from the Boys Project. Just wanted to say for myself and a lot of the boys who spent the last week at Hawkwood, that the week was absolutely fantastic. Not only was it a welcome break from our daily lives but a lot of our best work, personally and as a group came out of it. The staff, chefs and overall experience certainly played a big role.”
Nabhaan, the Boys Project
“Like all residencies, working for a week at Hawkwood provides invaluable time and space for artists to develop their shows, write or rehearse. Unlike other residencies, it comes with the bonus of being in the beautiful Cotswold hills, the opportunity to converse with other artists and the BEST food. In fact, when we’re talking to artists about how it went and how we can support the next stage of their work, we have a hard time getting them off the subject of the food.”
Strike a Light
“It was also a pleasure to meet and share mealtimes with Alys, Sam, James and Rebecca. In fact, talking with Alys and Rebecca about the processes of writing was not only supportive but genuinely helpful.”
Matt Harvey, Poet
“I want to say the biggest thank you to you and to Hawkwood. From me and from all the … company! From the very bottom of our hearts to all the staff and volunteers that make it possible to run Hawkwood the way you do. So thank you.”
“The staff and team were so kind and It was a rare reminder of what being a musician can be like.. a 2020 highlight…. The focus of my residency at Hawkwood was on my debut album: a folk prayer to the ancestors combining original songs with traditional songs and tunes from Ireland, England and Scotland. I finalised the choice of songs, completed the arrangements, fine-tuned lyrics, worked out a cohesive journey through the album and to my delight, wrote a totally new song that will also feature on the album.”
We are fortunate to be supported by The Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust, which provides substantial funding towards board and lodging for the artists. Hawkwood supplies a working space (usually in our art studios) and curates the artists and projects.
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 that supports creative professionals of all ages. Regular partners include Strike a Light Gloucester, The Roundhouse and The Royal Court Theatre.
Join a community of artists who have left their mark on our landscapes and shared their stories within our walls. Experience the transformative power of dedicated creative time, the support of fellow artists, and the inspiring backdrop of Hawkwood.
We reserve the right to request further information.
If you are applying as a group, please let us know the amount of people in the group. The application form below should be filled out by the lead contact for the group, we will request applications from the other group members at a later date.
We welcome applications from all genres of the arts including music, visual arts, performance arts, literature, etc. With regard to theatre applications, we cannot accept applications from theatre practitioners who wish to rehearse an already-written play.
Please note that there is no deadline for applications; all are reviewed and offers are made as and when we have funding available.
If you have any queries, please email email@example.com.
To be eligible for this programme you need to be both:
A professional artist, which means that you are engaged in your artistic pursuits and perhaps trained for them. You should be known for that work, and earn income from it.
Your financial situation is such that you cannot afford to take up this residency and require financial assistance.
Artist Residency Reports
We are happy to share our programme reports here summarising Hawkwood's yearly artist residency programmes.
Our reports give an overview of the artists and projects that have been developed in 2018 - 2021, supported by The Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust and Hawkwood. We have welcomed a broad range of creative people from diverse backgrounds working on extraordinary projects and have partnered with regional and national organisations.