Arts Derbyshire


The Level Residency Lab is open for applications!

Back in 2021 we launched our Level Residency Lab, a research and development opportunity for UK-based professional artists who either identify as Disabled, or who are interested in exploring access as part of their work.

So far we’ve supported 24 amazing artists including Henry Driver, Billy Read, Separate Doors, Young Amici and Gobscure. All very different, but the one thing they have in common are their ambitious ideas that strengthen our mission to ‘Celebrate the Art that Difference Makes’.

As we greet our last two artists from the 2022/23 residency cohort, we’re starting the search for new artists to apply for residencies between April 2023 and March 2024.

Residencies take place at Level Centre in Rowsley, surrounded by the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Our purpose-built centre has a large studio, art block, kitchen and meeting space, each flooded with natural light. We may be in a rural location, but the village packs quite a punch for its size with a pub, craft centre, hotel, post office, galleries and a shopping outlet.

Residencies are just the start of our journey with many artists. We value the LEVEL family and look to explore working relationships with our Residency Alumni long after their initial residency.

Interested? Then read on…
Read more about the Level Residency Lab

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for bold, ambitious ideas that support our mission to Celebrate the Art that Difference Makes. This time is for you. We have no preconceived ideas about what you need to work on and your project doesn’t have to have an outcome unless you want it to. We simply want to be challenged by new ideas and give artists space and time to think and create.

The residency includes:

  • 1-2 week residency depending on the project
  • Space at Level to experiment and test ideas
  • Financial contribution of between £500 and £2000.

We have a thriving community who just love getting involved with ideas that are in development! If you’d like to test your ideas during your residency let us know and we can arrange workshops with schools or day centres.

Who can apply

We’re looking for applications from Visual, Performing or Digital artists or companies based in the UK who either identify as disabled or whose work is suitable for learning-disabled adults and the wider community.

How to apply

To apply for Level’s Residency Lab complete the contact form on our website, upload your CV and tell us a bit more about the idea you want to explore. The deadline is Monday 20 March (9am).

We want to make sure that our opportunities are accessible for everyone, so if you have any questions, or need support to complete your application, please get in touch.

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