Hawkwood welcomes around 100 artists a year across various disciplines. Residencies generally last 5 days and take place Monday to Friday. The programme is supported by The Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust.
In 2016, we launched our Artist Residency Programme. This programme has had a national impact across a range of art forms and provides artists, musicians, writers, theatre practitioners and cross disciplinary artists the opportunity to stay at Hawkwood and create work. Our residencies offer a week-long period of creative incubation (Monday – Friday), in which artists can focus entirely on the creative process, away from the demands of everyday life, and provide a welcome opportunity for reflection, research and collaboration. The residencies also allow for the possibility of sharing and discussing work in progress with fellow artists or other interested parties.
Strike a Light
“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.”
Matt Harvey, Poet
“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.”
“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.”
Sam Lee, folk artist
“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.”
The Roundhouse, Poetry Collective
``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.”
Nabhaan, the Boys Project
“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.”
We are fortunate in being supported by The Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust, who provide 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 which supports creative professionals of all ages. Regular partners include Strike a Light Gloucester, The Roundhouse and The Royal Court Theatre.
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.
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 information on the other group members at a later date.
We welcome applications from all genres of the arts including music, visual arts, performance arts, writers, sculptors etc. With regards to theatre we cannot accept applications from theatre practitioners who wish to rehearse an already written play.
Please note that, although there is no deadline, applications are only reviewed quarterly, in January, April, July and October.
If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about our progress 2018-2019.
Our reports give an overview of the artists and projects which have been developed in 2018 – 2019, 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.