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

We are currently welcoming applications for 2020.

The next available residency dates are:
6th April  – 3rd May, 2020
4th – 31st May, 2020
6th July –  2nd August, 2020

We will also accept applications for later in the year – standard residencies last 4 weeks beginning on the first Monday of the month.

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)

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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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