Gasworks: Fully Funded Residency in Nepal for UK-based Artists

Gasworks, in partnership with British Council offers UK-based artists the opportunity to undertake a five-week residency in Nepal. The residency is funded by British Council and hosted by a local institution with experience of facilitating international residencies. Host institution will be determined from an open call once the artist has been selected to fully accommodate artistic needs and interests presented in their application/proposal.

We are seeking to invite a contemporary artist interested in researching and developing interdisciplinary collaborations with craft communities or specific craft practices during their residency. Outputs may include a pop-up exhibition as well as limited engagements with the local art scene, including at least one public presentation and one activity with young Nepali art students facilitated by the artist and organized by the residency host (and partners).

This residency is part of on-going research and development for British Council’s Crafting Futures programme.

About the British Council

British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations. The organization works with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year British Council reaches over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Since its establishment in 1934, the British Council has created friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. The organisations work in the arts has been central to this mission for more than 80 years, seeking new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through creativity. In 2019, British Council celebrated 60 years of operation in Nepal.

About Crafting Futures

Crafting Futures is British Council’s global programme that supports the future of craft, its people and its practices. The programme explores how craft can address issues of social inclusion and economic development through artist, artisan and designer exchanges focusing on economic empowerment, sustainable production, cultural traditions and heritage. The project supports disadvantaged communities, particularly rural women and women’s groups. In Nepal, the programme is currently in research and development phase but working with priorities of intergenerational issues and culture-based design innovations.

For more information about British Council work in Nepal please visit: British Council

For more information about Crafting Futures, please visit: Crafting Futures

Application process

Applicants are required to submit a research proposal (up to 300 words) illustrating how they might approach the residency focused on craft collaboration. The selection panel will be looking for well developed, context-specific proposals.

The Fellowship and Workshop Comprise:

  • Economy return flights (to/from London)
  • Accommodation (private room with attached bathroom) for the duration of the residency
  • Private workspace (provided by the host institution)
  • Basic living expenses to cover meals, local travel and incidentals
  • Materials budget
  • A pop-up exhibition of work made during the residency accompanied by at least 1 public presentation and one capacity building exercise
  • Administrative and pastoral support also provided

(NB: travel insurance is not covered.)

Selection and Eligibility:

The residency is open to emerging and mid-career artists based in the UK. Ideal candidates will show significant promise and dedication to their work and can demonstrate that they have experience in researching and developing work through craft sector collaborations. It is important that all applicants research the art and craft scene in Nepal before submitting their proposal to be fully aware of the context which they would, if successful, be entering. Specific questions may be directed by email to British Council Nepal office at

Selection Process:

The artist will be selected on basis of their application. Artists will be shortlisted by a committee that will include members from Gasworks and British Council. The successful candidate only will be informed by 10 November 2019.

Applications will be judged on:

  • Statements and their relevancy to call (40%)
  • Portfolio and prior experiences (30%)
  • Proposed Contributions (30%)

Application Procedure:

We accept digital applications only. Please prepare one single pdf including the following:

1. A statement outlining what you plan to work on during the residency (300 word max)

2. A short artist’s statement describing your overall artistic practice (250 word max)

3. Please describe what you can contribute to and what do you need from a dynamic, international, multidisciplinary, small-scale artist residency program? (200 word max)

4. A minimum of 5 images of recent work (within the PDF document) with captions and a short description if necessary

5. A current CV, a cover sheet with your name, contact address, e-mail and telephone numbers.

6. An indication of dates for the five-week residency, within January and March 2020, if selected.


Please upload your application through Gasworks Website’s portal. Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered. Please note that there is a 10MB limit on pdf submissions. If your file is not in pdf format or is over 10MB you will not be able to submit it.


To apply, visit:



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