Our Creatives in Residence scheme helps former students to set up as independent or freelance artists, designers, curators or project managers. 

BA Graduates of Leeds Arts University from the past five years, who have not engaged in further academic study, can apply to join our Creatives in Residence scheme to complete a three month residency.

What you get from us

You’ll have access to the award winning facilities at the University as well as a support network. In some cases, a small studio space may be made available. No tuition is included, but you can always discuss work and projects with others on the scheme. You’ll be able to get involved in opportunities such as the Life after University workshops and Summer Programme, research clusters, Creative Networks and hearing from visiting professionals.

What we expect from you

You’ll be expected to engage with current students, share knowledge, experience, practice and specialist skills. You’ll attend update meetings with fellow Creatives in Residence and to give a final presentation on your project at the end of your residency.

How to apply

As a result of the impact of Covid-19, which includes legal requirements for social distancing, the University has made the difficult decision to suspend the Creative in Residency scheme for new residents for 2020.

As government guidance develops this may change and updates on residencies will be included in the alumni newsletter. To sign up to email updates please fill in the form here, email alumni@leeds-art.ac.uk or join the Leeds Arts University Alumni LinkedIn group.   

2018/19 Residents

Amelia Baron, Artist

Amelia Baron graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2018. Her work approaches the topic of mental health within contemporary society. During the residency Amelia worked on a project called Take 10, developed from her own experiences of mental health as well as an awareness of an increase in rates of mental health difficulties in society. Take 10 culminated in a performance at Sheffield Train Station as part of Penistone Art week. Amelia also exhibited as a part of Curators Choice at Leeds Arts University.

Eve Miller, Artist

Eve Miller graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2015. During her residency Eve has worked on a body of work called Clay Bodies which includes creating flowing, organic sculptures out of clay as well as a risograph printed and bound zine. The zine will be published and purchasable in specific locations across Leeds a proportion of the money made will go to a Leeds based charity linked to the mind.

Jessie Leong, Photographer

Jessie Leong graduated from BA (Hons) Photography in 2014 and works as a commercial photographer specialising in people in the outdoors. During her residency she worked on a project with The Pinnacle Club, a Women’s only climbing club which is approaching its centenary in 2023. Jessie produced a range of portraits of club members who range in age from their 20s to mid 90s. During her residency Jessie won the Judges special mention award at BMCs Women in Adventure Film Festival.

Sonia Moran, Artist

Sonia Moran graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2018. Sonia is a soft sculptor, predominantly adopting second hand material, she describes her practice as ‘an umbilical cord to my past’. Sonia’s work will be exhibited as a part of the Curators Choice series at Leeds Arts University in 2019. 

Ben Cooper and Rob Harper, founders of WYS Studio

Ben and Rob graduated from BA (Hons) Graphic Design in 2018. During their time as residents they used the facilities to develop the product side of the studio with their debut exhibition project “Take Note” which exhibited at Bene Culture. The space has also given them the opportunity to develop their service side by continuing to build their client base where they focus on print, branding, typographic and digital design. 

Lucy Williams, Print and Surface Designer

Lucy Williams graduated from BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design in 2018. Lucy works with waste acrylic plastic to create bespoke Perspex objects and body adornments/accessories. During her residency Lucy worked on creating her first collection.

El Riordan, Print and Textile Designer

El Riordan graduated from BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design in 2018. Her work is inspired by her love of the outdoors. During her residency El worked on the development of her first collection and had the opportunity to represent the University at Heimitextil trade fair for interior textiles in Frankfurt.

Charlotte Bowie, Illustrator

Charlotte Bowie graduated from BA (Hons) Illustration in 2018. Charlotte is an illustrator inspired by plants, flowers and pottery working with cut paper and traditional print methods. During her residency she worked on strengthening her freelance illustration business and creating a collection to sell online and at art fairs and exhibitions.

Lucy Howard, Surface Pattern Designer

Lucy Howard graduated from BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design in 2018. During the residency Lucy worked on setting up her business and creating her first collection of handmade, patterned ceramics and fabrics for interior settings.