open call: 2019 resIdencIes for natIonal & InternatIonal artIsts

Available from January - December 2019
Application deadline: 31 March 2019

A rolling programme of one to three months immersive residencies from January to December 2019 open to national and international creative practitioners across all art forms to realise a project, undertake research, develop and expand their practice in Folkestone.

HOP Project’s International Artist Residency provides an open, supportive and stimulating environment to national and international creative practitioners across all art forms to realise a project, undertake research, develop and expand their practice in Folkestone.

The residency, normally completed between one month to three months, will focus on production, experimentation, critical discourse, networking, and local participation. Staying at HOP Projects, participants will become part of a thriving artistic community with an active exhibition and event program. Participants will easily and swiftly become well-acquainted with creative professionals working at the cutting edge of cultural productions in Folkestone.

Residents will be provided with high quality live/work accommodation centrally located within the Creative Quarter in Folkestone, with access to the public-facing project space at HOP Projects HQ. Through the residency HOP hopes that artists can use the time to explore new paths within their practice through engaging with Folkestone’s thriving contemporary art scene.

Selected artists will work towards an outcome of their work during or concluding their stay, either as a solo show, public talk, performance, publication, film, or as part of a thematic group show developed with the help of the HOP Projects team.

The documentation of this process is essential and will become an important contribution towards HOP Projects’ archive, to be made available to future residents.



  • ability to work independently
  • clearly conceived concept
  • highly motivated, self-directed individuals
  • at least two previous exhibitions (individually or as part of a team)
  • 1-2 years of study in a relevant field or equivalent professional experience


Dates and Duration of the Residency:

The residency is of between one to three months from February to December 2019.

Inquiries for specific residency periods are welcome and residents will be accepted on a rolling basis. HOP Projects will work with the selected artists to ensure that both the dates and duration of their residencies are as beneficial as possible for the artists.


Facilities offer:

  • Self-catering accommodation.
  • Project Space (36 sqm/390 sqft) is available outside our annual programme of public events as studio, workshop, or exhibition space if required.
  • Logistic and production support from director and curator to ensure individual research and projects are realised to its full potential.
  • Publically accessible archive that holds a record of past projects, publications and on-going research.


Costs:  £ 950 month (self-funded) unless by invitation.

Interested artists/curators/researchers are advised to seek funding well in advance from sponsors/subsidising organisations. If selected for a residency, we can provide you with an official declaration of admittance as supporting document.

About HOP Projects CT20

HOP Projects CT20 (C.I.C) is an independent, cross-disciplinary and experimental platform for the production, exchange and distribution of installation art, architecture and Performance. Established in September 2017, it is a non-profit organisation based in the heart of the Creative Quarter in Folkestone, UK. HOP Projects CT20 was launched as part of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial Fringe. Its vision is to extend, sustain and promote high quality art and creativity output beyond and in between the duration of the festivals.

It is committed to a unified vision of bringing together the visual arts with theatre, performance, spatial installations, sound and technology that prioritises the development of ideas above pre-defined genres or disciplines. It believes in the urgency in new modes of expressions and pioneering practices that can tear down the barriers between the audience and the ‘white walls’, making contemporary art relevant and far-reaching to a wider audience.

Through its core programme of projects, residencies and exchange, HOP Projects provides the space, atmosphere and support for national and international artists, who often work in between or at the fringes of their respective disciplines, to develop within a stimulating environment built upon trust, and outside the pressures of commercial forces. It delivers a highly efficient and professional service, with uncompromising commitment to artistic visions and the quality of output.

It has the creative and co-operative agility to implement between larger institutions, individual artists and members of the public, working with partners in Folkestone, London, Chile and New York. It is an exchange network of resources, and each production brings together different areas of expertise in a close-knit collaboration.

HPCT20 has close working relationships with cultural institutions such as the Creative Foundation, as well as a network of independent organisations working at the cutting edge of cultural production: Casement Arts, Pavement Pounders, Venice Agendas, Screen South, Performance Space, Club Shepway, B&B Project Space, Brewery Tap, Strange Cargo, Strangelove Festival, DARC (Manuel Vasson), Ernst Fisher amongst many more.

About Folkestone

Folkestone is a town on the English Channel in the South East coast of England. It has dramatically transformed itself from economic decline to a thriving cultural frontier. Folkestone Triennial has established itself as a significant event in the international calendar of recurring art exhibitions since its inception in 2008 (Andrea Schlieker was the curator). Each Triennial invites artists to engage with the rich cultural history commissions a series of public artworks (some permanent) that collectively create a spirit of place, bringing changes in the thinking of the communities with which they work. The next Folkestone Triennial will be in 2020.

Other major events, residencies and festivals happening in Folkestone 2019

February:   Profound Sound

March:  Strangelove Time-based Media Festival

May:  Normal? Festival of the Brain

June:  Folkestone Big Screen opens for Summer programme

Folkestone Open Quarter – Artist open studios

September:   SALT Festival

November:  Folkestone Book Festival

Continual Arts Activity:  

Folkestone Artworks (public art as legacy of previous Folkestone Triennials)

Exhibitions at Brewery Tap, Casement Arts, Stable Studios

Folkestone Women’s Forum

Performance Space residencies

Threads Open Crits and Salons

Film Club Customs House

Theatre, Comedy, Music & Performance at Quarterhouse

Strango Cargo exhibitions

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