Talbot Rice Gallery

OPEN CALL | Talbot Rice Residents

Deadline: Friday 28 June, 5pm

The deadline for this year's Residents programme has now passed. 

If you applied and your application has not yet been acknowledged please get in touch.   

Old College Quad


The Programme

Talbot Rice Gallery is seeking 5 emerging artists based in Scotland to welcome into the unique context of the University of Edinburgh over a two-year period. Residents will be provided with financial, curatorial and practical support to significantly develop their practice at a pivotal stage in their career. 

Underpinned by an environment of openness, conceptual rigour and experimentation, Residents will have access to a broad range of research and workshop facilities within the University and Edinburgh College of Art. A series of group crits, Masterclasses and research trips will be structured throughout the residency period to foster a climate of peer learning, creative discussion and critical debate. 

The selected artists will join our first cohort; Aideen Doran, Tako Taal, Sulaïman Majali, Stephanie Mann and Rosie O'Grady on the programme. 

Selected artists will receive: 
  • £5000 annual fee 
  • Additional materials / production and travel budget
  • Exhibition / event outcome opportunities 
  • Masterclasses and workshops led by invited guests 
  • Research trips / retreats, both nationally and in Europe
  • Ongoing curatorial and technical support from the Talbot Rice team 
  • Newly commissioned writing, specific to their work 
  • Appropriate workspace within the University of Edinburgh 
  • Access to workshops, academic community, Collections, Libraries and other facilities within the University of Edinburgh


Programme period

October 2019 - October 2021 


  • Open to artists based anywhere in Scotland.
  • Open to artists working in any medium.
  •  Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years demonstrable practice out of Higher/Further Education (in total)* OR since commencing their artistic career. 
  • Applicants must not be in full-time education at any point during the Programme period, and must be able to commit to the full 2-year period. 


Application guidelines 

Applicants should submit a single pdf, max. 5MB. Including;

  • Statement of practice (max. 250 words)
  • Rough proposal of how you would approach this specific opportunity (max. 250 words)
  • Artist CV (max. one-side of A4). Please clearly state your year of graduation, if applicable.
  • Details of 2 previous artworks: max. 3 images for each work, for moving-image work please provide links to edited videos of no more than 3 minutes. Please provide short text descriptions with each work (max. 100 words). 


Send to stuart.fallon@ed.ac.uk with the subject line Talbot Rice Residents 2019.


Deadline: Friday 28 June, 5pm  



*e.g. if you have graduated from a postgraduate course within 3 years, but have taken gap after a BA that totals 3 years or more when combined you are eligible, provided you fulfil all other criteria. NB. All summer 2016 graduates are eligible if all other criteria is fulfilled. 


The Talbot Rice Residents programme is part of a UK-wide initiative funded by the Freelands Foundation to support and grow regional creative communities by fostering long term relationships and collaborations between artists and arts organisation.