6 months
Paid by host 

The fee available for the residency is up to £7,500. This figure is based on a residency period of 6 months spent living and working in the area. This figure is inclusive of artist’s commission fee, material costs and production costs for the final outcome.

Paid by artist 

Travel costs and living expenses.

Application guidelines 

Artists are asked to submit their proposals by completing the application form provided. Applications not using this form will not be accepted. Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Eligibility –The residency opportunity is open to artists based in the UK and EU or artists who already have permission to work in UK. The residency opportunity requires the applicant artist to have been out of college (BA graduate) for a minimum of 3 years. Those who have completed an MA and / or PhD are also welcome to apply. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to their artistic practice through a track record of creating new work through projects, exhibitions and commissions. Applicants must be able to work under their own initiative, be able to plan and deliver an outcome for the residency within the budget and timescale available and have the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people including research staff at CRE.
  • Artistic merit of examples of previous work submitted
  • Strength of written proposal – including concept and response to themes.
  • Impact and benefits to artist’s own practice.
  • Impact and benefit to Berwick-upon Tweed, Berwick Visual Arts and Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University.

Berwick Visual Arts

Berwick Visual Arts

The Berwick Residencies


Berwick-upon-Tweed is a place for artists to live and work and for many years supported professional artists through its International Gymnasium Residency programme managed by English Heritage and supported by Arts Council England. Berwick Visual Arts is committed to continuing this initiative by providing two residency opportunities for visual artists every year supported by Arts Council England. Artists are invited to live and work in Berwick-upon-Tweed for a 6 month period and respond to what Berwick offers in terms of its unique history, coastal and border location, unusual spaces, archives and collections, social contexts and to work with its people. The residency opportunity requires the applicant artist to have been out of college (BA graduate) for a minimum of 3 years and to be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to their artistic practice and evidence a body of work and strong track record, through new work, projects, exhibitions, publishing, and/or commissions. One of the residency opportunities is aimed at film and moving image artists in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. This residency provides the artist the opportunity to produce a new piece of work during the 6 month period to be premiered at the Film Festival in September of each year. The second residency opportunity is currently in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University and provides the opportunity for an artist working in any art-form to explore and respond to current rural issues.


The work will be premiered at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. The selected artist will also be expected to provide up to four talks and presentations about their work over the course of the residency.

Accommodation Information 

One bedroom flat in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Studio Information 

Studio space is provided at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema.

c/o The Maltings Theatre and Cinema
Eastern Lane
TD15 1AJ
United Kingdom

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