Open call: Mind the Gap Artist Residency 2023 in partnership with Acme

Open call: Mind the Gap Artist Residency 2023 in partnership with Acme

In partnership with Acme, we are pleased to open applications for Acme’s Mind the Gap Residency, to take place in London from July to September 2023.

Hosted by Acme as part of their 50th anniversary year, the residency is intended for a Finnish or Finland-based artist facing additional barriers to their artistic practice, and whose practice is aligned to – and would benefit from attendance and participation in – this year’s Res Artis conference, Mind the Gap: Designing residencies for everyone.

As part of our commitment towards minimising the environmental impact of their activity, ‘slow travel’ is encouraged as part of the residency.

Residency details

  • A 3-month work/live residency at Acme’s Fire Station building in Poplar, London, with support from Acme’s Residencies and Awards team;
  • Attendance and participation at the Mind the Gap: Designing residencies for everyone conference (6-9 September 2023, London)
  • An artist stipend of €4,800 (€1,600 per month), provided by the Finnish Institute UK and Ireland

Hosted by Acme, in partnership with University College London (UCL), Mind the Gap: Designing residencies for everyone will bring the international artist residency community together in the UK for the very first time, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Res Artis and 50 years of Acme.

This year’s event will help chart a future for impactful residency opportunities, with a focus on optimism and practical working solutions for issues facing the sector. Taking place in London with live-streamed sessions, Mind the Gap: Designing residencies for everyone will explore our post-pandemic and increasingly fragmented world. The event will propose co-creation and collaboration as solutions to shared obstacles faced globally by residency providers and the artists they host.

The Mind the Gap residency is intended for an artist whose practice aligns with the conference’s key themes:


Power, access and diversity:

  • Power disparities between artists and providers
  • Access and diversity in local and global contexts
  • Residencies for specific artist demographics
  • Navigating less hierarchical peer-based relationships
  • Co-creation opportunities and challenges

Working in partnership:

  • Building trust and long-term partnership
  • Networks (e.g. national, global, cross-sector, thematic)
  • Working with the UK Post-Brexit
  • Relationships and communication in networked age
  • Digital innovation to support organisations and the residency experience

More information on this year’s Res Artis conference can be found here.

Application process:

To apply, please complete a brief expression of interest via our online form by 11am on Monday 27 March.


  • You are a Finnish national or a Finland-based artist, eligible to stay in the UK for he duration of the residency (July-September 2023)
  • You are over 18 and can demonstrate a professional artistic practice
  • You are not currently in full-time formal education (school, further education,college, university)
  •  You face additional barriers to your artistic practice and can demonstrate the transformative impact the residency would have.

How to apply:

To apply, please complete a brief expression of interest via Acme’s online form by 11am on Monday 27 March.

Application form:

Monitoring form:

We recognise that barriers to the ability to sustain a professional artistic practice differ from individual to individual. You can find out more or request alternative application formats via

Supporting documentation (upload via the online application form)

You may include documentation of your work in one or both of these formats:

  • A PDF portfolio (max 5MB) with a maximum of 5 items (i.e. 5 images, or 2 images and 3 video links). Please include titles, dates of work and passwords for video links. Video must be max 5 minutes, or if longer the panel will watch the first 5 minutes
  • A link to your artist website or other weblink (for example, gallery website)
  • CV (max 2 sides) with details of education, qualifications, recent exhibitions, commissions, awards, publications and employment

Selection Process

  • Deadline for receipt of applications: 11am (UK, 1pm FI), Monday 27 March 2023
    *Please note that, for practical reasons, it is difficult for us to consider any applications or application materials received after this deadline. However if you believe you have genuine extenuating circumstances, please email Beth Fox on
  • We will notify all successful expressions of interest by Monday 10 April 2023
  • We will invite shortlisted artists to interview on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April 2023
  • The selected artist will be informed by Friday 28 April 2023
  • The residency will run from Monday 3 July to Friday 29 September 2023
  • Mind the Gap: Designing residencies for everyone will take place from 6-9 September 2023

Further enquiries:

Acme is able to offer phone or email support to artists who are considering applying but are unsure of whether they are eligible for the award. Please read the FAQs (link to Acme’s page) to see if they answer your questions first. If not, please contact with your specific enquiry.


About Acme

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Acme is a charity based in London which provides affordable studios, work/live space and a programme of residencies and awards. Acme’s mission is to support artists in necessitous circumstances.

This year, Acme has embarked upon a year-long programme of events, awards and wider initiatives to mark 50 years of supporting artists.

Click here learn more about Acme

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