open call: 2020 resIdencIes for natIonal & InternatIonal artIsts

Available from January - April 2020
Application deadline: CLOSED

A rolling programme of one to three months immersive residencies from January to April 2020 open to national and international creative practitioners across all art forms (artists, designers, writers, curators, etc.) to realise a project, undertake research, develop and expand their practice in Folkestone. 

The residency programme is an open platform for those who wish to develop new ideas and to be part of a thriving artistic community. ‘Contra Culture’ will be the focus of our 2020’s arts programme. Successful candidates whose proposals imaginatively respond to the theme may benefit from our on-going research, and with the potential to be part of a group show developed by the HOP Projects team.

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.

Dates and Duration of the Residency:

The residency is of between one to three months from January to April 2020.

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. 


– 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

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.
  • Audio-visual equipments including a PA system, mixer, monitors, a film projector etc. that is capable in facilitating a multi-media production;
  • 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 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 take place between September and November 2020.

Other major events, residencies and festivals happening in Folkestone 2020

February:  Profound Sound

March: Strangelove Time-based Media Festival 

May: Normal? Festival of the Brain

June: Folkestone Big Screen opens for Summer programme

June: Folkestone Open Quarter – Artist open studios 

September – November: Folkestone Triennial

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
  • Performance Space
  • Threads Open Crits and Salons
  • Film Club Customs House
  • Theatre, Comedy, Music & Performance at Quarterhouse
  • Strango Cargo exhibitions
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