12 months
Paid by host 

£9,000 per annum artist’s fee and materials; materials and expenses for community projects; catalogue; reasonable costs associated with the exhibition (transport, presentation of work); accommodation (flat and studio) worth £6,000 per annum.

Paid by artist 

travel costs

Application guidelines 

The application period for 2017-2018 is closed - find out about upcoming opportunities here here.


Visual Arts in Rural Communities

Visual Arts in Rural Communities


VARC’s primary aims are to:

  • Promote interest, awareness and understanding of visual arts in a rural community through engagement with an artist
  • Develop visual arts projects in rural communities
  • Offer a unique opportunity to an artist wishing to develop his or her practice by working and living in a remote rural community

With each residency VARC aims to achieve a balance between the opportunity to the artist to develop and exhibit new work and the opportunity to local people to benefit from the programme of engagement with the artist. Each resident artist develops a body of work for exhibition at the end of the residency and engages with individuals and groups from the area and further afield through workshops, open studio days, artists' talks and other events. VARC looks for artists who feel that twelve months spent living in an isolated rural location will significantly benefit their practice and who enjoy contact with people and want to be part of a community.




Accommodation Information 

Fully-furnished one-bedroomed living accommodation. Heat and light for the studio and flat are included and council tax is paid by VARC. Telephone line rental (including broadband internet access), and printer will be provided but the artist should bring his/her own computer and will pay for phone calls.

Studio Information 

There is a 498 sq ft studio for the sole use of the artist. The studio is equipped with basic tools and furniture.


The residency is based in converted stable buildings, part of the estate of Highgreen in the North Tyne. Highgreen is remote with stunning views across the moors. There is an immediate community of about 20 people. The hamlet of Greenhaugh with an inn is about three miles away and a mile beyond this at Lanehead there is a village hall. The local shops are in Bellingham, some 10 miles away and Newcastle is 40 miles away. It is strongly recommended that the artist has a car as public transport is infrequent and only runs from Bellingham and Otterburn.

The Dovecote Office
NE48 1RP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1434 240822

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