Opportunities & Engagement

Artist Residencies

BLW’s core programme is grounded in its artist’s/artist group’s 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.  Back Lane West’s aims are to support critically engaged visual art practice and therefore there will be a preference for applicants with a contemporary conceptual practice, who need time and space to experiment.

We ask a small fee for artist residencies/projects at BLW to help cover the costs of the space.

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

To apply please send the following information to info@backlanewest.org with ‘Residency Application’ as the subject line.

Approximately 300 words about your practice
Approximately 300 words about why this opportunity is important to you now
A link to an artist website/portfolio
An artist CV as an attachment (if not included on your website)

We are happy to support artist applications for external funding, please get in touch if you’d like to find out more. 


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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. It is possible to volunteer remotely working online please get in touch if you’d like to find out more. 

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