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What is a residency?

Most weeks of the year, 101’s spaces are transformed by a buzz of activity and making, thought and conversation, as artists and companies take over our spaces, living and working at 101 for an intensive period.

New work takes shape; or early ideas are trialled, researched and developed; and visions change and develop.

The residency programme is 101's main strand of work - supporting the creation of new work for the outdoors, and nurturing talent and ideas.

A residency can explore any stage of the development of ideas, from the early stages of research and development, to making or producing a piece of work. Our resident artists and companies come from a wide range of arts, theatre and performance disciplines.

“It’s not often you get to be in a space where you can make a mess and feel relaxed. I think we’ve all bonded a lot more this week. It’s been nice to be able to cook together and have the evenings together.“

Becky Namgauds, Choreographer, Dancer and Movement Director.

101 supports residencies by providing:

  • space for rehearsing or making work, accommodation in our artists' village, and communal kitchen and dining facilities for self-catering on site.
  • We have a regular chef who can be booked, for a catered residency experience.
  • access to our fabrication workshop and advice on making props and structures.
  • Alternatively, commission our Head of Design or a resident maker to make bespoke items for you. Contact us to discuss ideas and costs.
  • mentoring, and advice on production and administration.
  • help arranging performances or informal sharings of work in progress, with opportunities for feedback.
  • support with project documentation.

COVID 19 update:

We have been working with companies & artists to create opportunities for the development of work to continue in a safe and considered environment.

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Apply for a residency

If you’re interested in proposing a residency at 101, please get in touch for an informal chat, and visit this link to apply.

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A chladni plate, part of a work in progress sharing made by Juliet Robson during her residency at 101 Outdoor Arts.

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James Wilton Dance in residence at 101 creating I Robot
Two people in overalls interact with upturned white chairs. Upswing in residence at 101.
Upswing in residence at 101