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One of the ways that CLAY achieves its goal of improving public access to contemporary live artworks and experiences is to encourage artists who work between art forms to develop their skills and assist them to make exciting new projects, performances and events.

We offer a rolling residency programme with bespoke support to fit the needs of your project.

There is a simple application to fill out and fee is £500 for a week. 

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Image: Sebastian H W (2016, Photo by Jessie L Photos.)


Former artists in residencies include: 

Panic LAB 

Edythe Woolley

Victoria Sin

Jade Montserrat

Shit Theatre 

Ema Boswood

You Need Help 

Adam Patterson

Louise Orwin

Daniel Oliver

Ria Hartley

Uncanny Theatre

That Matt Rogers 

Pauline Mayers

Ben Mills

Institute for Crazy Dancing 

Samir Kennedy

The Programme offers:

  • Subsidised rates to give an in kind cash equivalent support for match funding Arts Council applications (of up to £2000 )

  • A versatile space with flexible access (morning, afternoon and evening) to suit your practice and the form of the project

  • One to one with the CLAY team, accessing their knowledge and expertise 

  • Bespoke package of development support, tailored to the project and the needs of the artist (eg check ins, a work in progress sharing, workshops, audience development, networking, practice as research opportunities)

  • Developing a relationship with CLAY and the Yorkshire arts ecology 

  • A ticketed presentation*


What we ask from you:

  • Residency fee of £500 per week (usually written into a project grant for the research and development of a project or performance)

  • Crediting CLAY with a Logo on appropriate materials 

  • An artist profile of your practice for our website

  • Sharing any documentation with us

  • Complete our residency feedback questionnaire to help continually improve our residency programme (in 'what we ask from you' section)


Things to consider

  • Public sharings/outputs/workshops that you'd like to test out during the residency

  • Any access to technical support will be chargeable  so the artist should consider this before submitting an application to fund their project or allow for contingency if they think this is a possibility.

  • How and if you would like to access arts organisations, artists, collectives and/or audiences from the region

  • What kind of wider expertise would you like to access, if any? We can try and match you up with the best team member for your needs.

CLAY’s income is mostly generated through event hosting and space hire meaning at times the company will require access to the performance space (to be agreed with the artist). This has sometimes been beneficial to visiting artists as it allows them to understand how CLAY operates when open to the public.

We reserve the right to cancel the residency anytime 3 months prior to the booking at no cost to the Artist or CLAY


The fee for the residency is to cover our running costs. We are an independent not for profit company.

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