Open call: Artist Residency in Leeds in partnership with East Street Arts

Image: East Street Arts’ Convention House. Copyright Wes Foster


In partnership with East Street Arts and Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation, we welcome applications from Finnish visual artists or visual artists based in Finland for a one-month residency in Leeds, England, in October 2024. We will support one artist’s visit to the UK to research and develop their artistic practice.

The artist will be hosted at East Street Arts’ Convention House building, focusing on Art, Environment, and Technology. The residency would suit an artist focused on one or all of these areas of their practice.

Theresidency is process-focused, and no specific outcome is expected. However, a sharing towards the end of the month would be welcome. Whether you have exhibited or worked in the UK before, this residency offers an opportunity to experiment, enhance your skills, and expand your network. 

About the organisations   

East Street Arts believes in the transformative power of artists to effect positive change. Our mission is to support and empower artists by providing affordable spaces for artistic practice, tailored artist development and sector research, and curated public engagement programmes. Additionally, we host the UK’s first Art Hostel, a unique space designed entirely by artists.

We actively encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in the arts. We particularly welcome applications from LGBTQIA+ communities, disabled individuals, neurodiverse people, and those from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Self-identification is entirely up to the applicant.

Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation is an organisation dedicated to secure and offer reasonably rated working facilities and studio apartments for visual artists and to otherwise take part in enhancing their working conditions. The Foundation also promotes artists’s opportunities to work abroad by providing residency programmes, a guest studio, and studio buildings abroad. The Foundation also takes care of coordination and information tasks of the FAIRE Finnish Artist Residency Network.

Residency length 
One month

Residency period  
October 2024 

Residency activities 

  • Opportunity to meet and engage with artists, curators, local communities, and other art practitioners through site visits, events, and casual gatherings.  
  • Access to equipment such as 3D ceramic printer, wheels, slab roller, kilns, 3D printers, 3D scanner, laser cutters, Risograph machines, image scanner and power tools.
  • Technical support and advice.
  • Connections with the wider artistic community.  
  • Opportunities to get involved in other projects at East Street Arts.  
  • Support organising potential public events 
  • Marketing support.

Potential residency outputs 

  • Public sharing event  
  • Blog posts/podcast /zine

Travel, accommodation and a stipend 

  • A return economy-class flight between Finland and the UK.  
  • An artist stipend of € 2 196,30, provided by the Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation. 
  • A single bedroom at Convention House, next to East Street Arts’ main building, Patrick Studios and Art Hostel, with shared facilities including bathrooms, a kitchen and laundry facilities
  • 24-hour access to studio space and facilities

Application eligibility  

Applicants criteria:  

  • Must be a Finnish national or Finland-based visual artist (eligible to stay in the UK for the duration of the residency) 
  • Demonstrate their artistic practice 
  • Explain how the residency will benefit their artistic development.
  • Should practice in or wish to explore one of the following areas: the environment or technology.

How to apply

Deadline for applications: Thursday, 27 June 2024.

Applicants are required to complete the online application:

Further information

About East Street Arts

About the residency details and application process:  Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation, tel. +358 50 4203062 or +358 41 3118 911, info(at) ,