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Seke Chimutengwende in the Court Room at Toynbee Studios
Seke Chimutengwende (LAB residency). Photo by Jemima Yong

Artsadmin Lab is a curated programme where the Artsadmin producing team collaboratively selects and invites 8 artists per year to join us in Toynbee Studios for two-week residencies, with a financial stipend of £1000.

According to our feedback data, the two clearest barriers to making work for artists are space and money. Artsadmin’s building Toynbee Studios, with six rehearsal spaces and a theatre, offers a vital resource to artists. The circumstance of reduced studio hires over the various lockdowns in 2020-21 also gave us the opportunity to test out new models of support. We invited artists to use the space for free, inviting them to rethink how we make work in new and uncharted realities. The circumstance of reduced studio hires over the various lockdowns in 2020-21 gave us the opportunity to test out new models of support. 

The support offered from Artsadmin Lab is intended as an almost pre-R&D (research and development) period to assist artists interested in exploring an idea related to social and environmental justice at an early stage. We specifically want to support work that is live and interdisciplinary.

As a producing organisation, Artsadmin Lab offers a chance for our creative team to meet and engage with new artists and artists we already have existing relationships with, at the very earliest stages of new project development. If you would like to talk to us about a new idea, please get in touch with one of our Artists’ Projects producers here.

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. 

Seke Chimutengwende in the Court Room at Toynbee Studios
Seke Chimutengwende (LAB residency). Photo by Jemima Yong
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