Creativity is fundamental in making The Beaney a vibrant and exciting place for everyone. Whenever possible we offer opportunities for artists to create, explore, engage, share and challenge using our collections and building as a resource for inspiration.

Current Artist Opportunities:

Armchair Artist ResidencyWould you like to be our next Armchair Artist in Residence from 1 January – 30 April 2017?

The Beaney Armchair Residency offers you the opportunity to explore this fantastic building and be inspired by its collections, people, and stories.

Erstwhile Armchair residents Jill Holder and Bob Lamoon, would strongly urge any artists considering an application to “Go for it! The Collection is truly inspiring.” Jill and Bob feel the opportunity has given them time to reflect on their own practices, learn about curatorial processes all the while being supported by friendly and knowledgeable staff throughout The Beaney.

They would encourage the successful applicant to “embrace the rich content of the Collection, the surprises and quirks, the balance of historic and contemporary and indeed the whole wonderful experience.”

Artist Rob Turner said “Working in such a public place has influenced the project and taken my ideas and responses along a path and beyond which were not anticipated at the start of the residency.” Rob described his residency as a “blast of stimulating experiences”.

You can read blogs from previous Armchair residents by visiting The Front Room webpage, including Sonia Overall’s insightful final blog, where she ruminates over her residency.

As one of our artists in the Armchair we want you to:

Visit a minimum of 6 occasions over your residency and use the collections, people and stories to inspire your work

Post up to 6 blogs about your Armchair experience which will be displayed on the Canterbury Museums blog:

Hold a ‘meet the artist’ opportunity to interact with the public

Have £5 million public liability insurance cover

In return we will:

Provide you with access to the collections

Promote your residency work

Give you access to the Learning Lab (Approx. 35sqm, 3 x sinks and wet floor) for use as a studio space when not in use by paying customers

Offer up to £200 towards travel expenses

We welcome submissions from creative people of all mediums and genres.

Interested? Then email your C.V. with a letter telling us why you’d like to use the Armchair Residency and what you’d like to achieve (in no more than 500 words) to:  by 8am on Monday 31 October 2016.

Please put “Armchair Residency” in the subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Applications are currently being taken for 2017.

Find out more here