Varying lengths, between 9 and 12 months
Paid by host:

The financial package includes a fee to the artist, free studio and accommodation, broadband provision and utility bills paid.

Paid by artist:

The artist is responsible for their own personal costs eg materials, transport, food, access needs etc.

Application guidelines:

Please check their website for current open calls.

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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.



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.

Accommodation Information

Accommodation is in a two-bedroomed flat located in a renovated stable block. Access is via a flight of stairs.

Contact information

The Dovecote Office
NE48 1RP
United Kingdom

helen [at] varc.org.uk