The Living Coast Residency 2024

We are seeking proposals for an artist residency to take place between May and July. This opportunity is a partnership between University of Brighton, Fabrica, ONCA and The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere.

The opportunity is open to visual artists and makers* living or working in The Living Coast Area (see map)

The fee for the residency is £2,125 (equivalent to 6-7 days artist time). The fee includes time to develop two creative engagement workshops with an adult group and a sharing event of the artist’s research with a critically engaged audience. £250 is also available for related expenses and materials.

​* sculpture/installation, photography, film, digital media, mixed media including time-based and performative practices, crafts, painting, drawing


We are inviting proposals for an artist residency to take place between May and July 2024, in The Living Coast area. In creating this opportunity with The Living Coast, we want to explore parallels between the ‘life journey’ of the scientific water-cycle model (from stream to sea), the life-journey of humans (youth to elders), and the lifecycle of materials.

The project seeks to foster greater knowledge and understanding of environmental pollution challenges, the circular economy and to draw connections between human beings, human products and the marine world in ways that are new and meaningful.

We welcome proposals from artists and makers living or working in The Living Coast area whose work explores this theme.

This process-orientated artist commission provides the opportunity for an artist (or artist group) to work with experienced commissioners Fabrica and Dr Catherine Kelly, University of Brighton whose research area is blue spaces-human interactions.

​About the commissioning partnership

Fabrica has a strong track record in commissioning artists to present large-scale immersive works and supporting artists to develop and share their working process with audiences. An educational charity, Fabrica creates a wide-ranging programme of discussions, events, film screenings and creative hands-on activities that connect different audiences to an artist’s work, thereby opening out the opportunity of learning more about the subjects that artists research.

ONCA is an arts charity that bridges social and environmental justice issues. Since 2012, ONCA have cultivated art that engages with environmental change, social justice and wellbeing, hosting residencies and curating exhibitions and events at its gallery base in central Brighton gallery and satellite sites. A key focus moving forward is developing accessible, inclusive curatorial and organisational practices.

Fabrica and ONCA are partners in The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere. The Living Coast is a diverse partnership of over 40 organisations, including local authorities, the South Downs National Park authority, universities, private companies, national bodies, charities, cultural and community organisations. The mission of The Living Coast is to connect people and nature to inspire a positive future, today, and a key element of achieving this is through cultural partnerships. The Living Coast partnership works towards three objectives, shared by all global biospheres: Conserve and enhance nature and culture; Support sustainable human development; Promote environmental awareness, knowledge, learning and engagement.


Submissions must be received by Fabrica no later than 12 noon, Tuesday 2 April 2024.

​To apply

​For further information, and to apply, please download the pdf form and electonically complete our equal opportunities form. Please email your application to [email protected] with The Living Coast Residency 2024 in the subject.

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