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 FWR 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 period of creative incubation, 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.

We are fortunate in being supported by The FWR 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.

Application Process

To be eligible for this programme you need to be both:

  1. 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.
  2. Your financial situation is such that you cannot afford to take up this residency at the full cost of £100 per 24 hours, bed and board, and require financial assistance towards that cost.

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.

We welcome applications from all genres of the arts including music, visual arts, performance arts, writers, sculptors etc. With regards to theatre we can no accept applications from theatre practitioners who wish to rehearse an already written play.

Our Partners


Complicité is an international touring theatre company, based in London. Founded in 1983 by Annabel Arden, Fiona Gordon, Marcello Magni and Simon McBurney.

Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court is the writers’ theatre. It is a leading force in world theatre for energetically cultivating writers – undiscovered, emerging and established.

The London Theatre Consortium

The London Theatre Consortium brings together 14 of London’s theatres to work in partnership with a belief that working together will help us develop strong…

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brings world-class music to the South and South West of England.

Cheltenham Music Festival

Cheltenham Festivals is a charity, which feeds the human spirit.  Its participation programmes reach out year-round and culminate at the town’s internationally acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music…

Battersea Arts Centre

The Battersea Arts Centre’s mission is to inspire people to take creative risks to shape the future.

Olivier Mythodrama

Olivier Mythodrama uses the power of drama for transformative leadership training. Their unique approach is based on timeless mythology and the great plays of Shakespeare.

Strike A Light

Strike A Light is a Gloucester based organisation striving to make Gloucester a city with a vibrant culture for all.

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Their mission is to create pioneering twenty-first-century theatre in partnership with…

The Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust

The trust supports the extensive Hawkwood Artist Residency Programme, through which Artists may be given time and space to work on particular projects alone or in groups.


The Royal Society of Arts

The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action.

English Touring Opera

English Touring Opera is the leading touring opera company in the UK. Their aim is to offer opera to everyone, with a varied repertoire of high-quality…

Julie’s Bicycle

Julie’s Bicycle is a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability. They believe that the creative…

Application Form

  • Any information given will be used only to support Hawkwood's diversity and equal opportunities policy and in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. The information will be entered on a computer in Hawkwood and will be kept strictly confidential and separate from your name and your application. Ethnicity and age are only required for monitoring purposes. It is not part of the selection process. The information you give will be retained only for statistical purposes and is anonymous.
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  • Our residencies normally take place from Monday to Friday. Please let us know when you wish your residency to take place, please list multiple options.
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  • (3) Reason for Residency (what are your objectives)
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  • Please provide a short statement on your financial situation regarding why you could not afford to cover the costs of a residency yourself (which equates to £120 per 24 hours, bed and board). Please also sign the financial statement below.
  • This may be used also as guidelines for Hawkwood in deciding on eligibility. (please amend accordingly) I hereby certify that I, as an individual artist applying for a Residency OR I, as representing a group of artists applying for a Residency fulfil the following conditions for Artists receiving support from the Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust for a Hawkwood Artist Residency: Professional Artists Artists who 1] have devoted most of their training and/or working lives in pursuit of their art and/or craft, 2] are known for their artistic work, 3] intend on the whole to continue with it, and 4] have made a significant portion of their income from that pursuit and that work. In Need Artists who, while not necessarily being in difficult financial circumstances or dire straits, have insufficient income or resources 1] generally to be able to afford to subsidise the time and place away from home necessary to fulfil their work, 2] specifically to pay for the opportunities currently being offered for this Residency, or 3] would need to give up other paid work, such as performing or teaching, for the time necessary to participate in this Residency.
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