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Three people stand behind a laptop, one holds a camera up
Anna-Maria Nabirye and Annie Saunders, Up in Arms residency at Toynbee Studios, 2021. Photo by Christa Holka.

Artsadmin has set ourselves the mission to build an opportunity that represents our desire to support artists and their practices in an impactful way. We understand that artists need time, space, money, and support systems in which to breathe, create and thrive. 

In 2022, we will be working with our neighbour Toynbee Hall to create a unique Artist-in-Residence programme, connecting the local focus and context of Toynbee Hall to the artistic programme, producing and artist support expertise of Artsadmin, for one full year of supported research and engagement with the context offered by these two organisations. 

AIR will offer one artist rent-free lodging in an apartment in Toynbee Hall as well as a yearly salary equivalent to London Living Wage, a desk and studio time in Artsadmin’s home at Toynbee Studios, and full access to the staff-support and context of both organisations. Toynbee Hall is a charity that works alongside people facing poverty and injustice to build a fairer and happier East London.

We will be publishing a brief towards an open call process, involving Artsadmin staff, Toynbee Hall staff, an independent artist and Aldgate/Whitechapel community representation in  spring 2022, with an artist invited to participate by late 2022. The pilot edition residency will commence in spring 2023.

You can read more about our strategic review of our Artist Support programmes in 2020-21. Our new programmes, Artsadmin AIR and Artsadmin Lab, are rooted in Artsadmin’s mission to support artists and projects that ask questions around social and environmental justice from local to international contexts.

Three people stand behind a laptop, one holds a camera up
Anna-Maria Nabirye and Annie Saunders, Up in Arms residency at Toynbee Studios, 2021. Photo by Christa Holka.
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