Opportunities & Engagement

BLW’s core programme is grounded in its artists’/artist groups’ self-funded residencies, projects and events. As an artist-led initiative our aim is to provide a supported space and critical community to allow artists to develop work and professional practice; to explore and experiment not only with practice, but also in terms of audience engagement and involvement.

We therefore welcome residency/project/event applications – from individual artists, collaborators, artist groups, curators, writers, arts organisers….

We ask a small fee of £200 for artist residencies/projects lasting up to a month at BLW – £150 for up to 2 weeks – to help cover our costs.

Application is normally made by submitting an initial proposal of approximately 250 words, outlining how you would like to use the space and why this may benefit your practice, with 3+ images of recent work, and link to your website. Please feel free to contact us for a chat &/or advice about this.

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Hire the space

Back Lane West is occasionally available for short term commercial hire, for arts or community events such as conferences, exhibitions or talks. Our commercial hire rates start at £300, please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

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Back Lane West is run on a voluntary basis, we encourage and support volunteers from any background, who would like to get involved in the day to day running of the project on a short or longer term basis.

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