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BBC Radio 2 Artist in Residence

Frequently asked questions

What is the Artist in Residence Scheme?

Radio 2, in association with The Space, is conducting a search to find its first Artist in Residence. The selected artist will be offered a golden pass to attend key events covered by the station for the next year. In return we will ask you to create a minimum of four artistic responses across the 12 months for publication online by The BBC and The Space.

The selected artist will receive a £15,000 bursary, plus material costs for the creation of their works up to £20,000. The artist will also receive coaching and advice from a designated BBC Creative Leader should they work in the same field as the winner.

What type of artists are you looking for?

You can come from any field - whether it is poetry, sculpture, painting, film or multi-media. Your completed works should be capable of presentation online. We are not looking for a musician.

The search is open to individual artists rather than collectives or organisations. You must be a ‘professional' artist, which we define as you making at least half of your income from creative endeavour. You should be aged 18 and above when you apply.

Do I have to live in the UK?

Yes, you must have lived and worked in the United Kingdom for a minimum of three years prior to the end of the search.

When is the application deadline?

You can submit your application any time from Friday 10 April 2015 up until 12-midnight BST (23:00 GMT) on Sunday 10 May 2015. The closing deadline will not be extended.

Is it possible to submit more than one application?

No. Only one application can be accepted from each artist.

Can I apply if the budget for materials is likely to be more than £20,000, but I have secured investment from other sources for the rest?

Yes, we will consider applications where additional funding is available. You must make clear the amount and conditions of any funding and how it would be used in your budget. If we decide to shortlist you, we would require written confirmation from your funding partner at this stage.

How do you select the artist?

A panel from the BBC and The Space will select the shortlist based on the following criteria:

  • Passion and knowledge of Radio 2’s output
  • Suitability of the proposed work for a mainstream Radio 2 audience
  • Evidence of digital opportunities around the presentation of the work
  • Ability to produce the work within the agreed budget (either with or without your confirmed other investment)

Following the shortlisting process, the successful applicants will be invited to an interview – we will cover reasonable travel expenses. The final interview panel comprises Sir Peter Blake, Claudia Winkleman, Lewis Carnie (Head of Programmes Radio 2), and a representative from The Space. The interview will take place on Friday 5th June 2015.

The result will be announced in The Radio 2 Arts Show on Friday 12th June and on BBC Arts Online and the Radio 2 and The Space websites.

Will there be any feedback on applications?

Unfortunately we are unable to give feedback on unsuccessful applications.

If I’m appointed Artist in Residence, who will own my work?

You will retain ownership of the copyright in your work. We will have the right: to use the works online on all of the BBC’s Public Services and on The Space Website; to include the works in Radio/TV broadcasts; and to exhibit the works in connection with Radio 2 events for not less than 30 days per year.

When will you publish the artworks?

We will agree with the appointed artist a timetable for the publishing of the works depending on the events they choose to attend. The events covered should fall within a 12-month period from the appointment of the artist.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?


Good luck!

Sir Peter Blake will be on the final interview panel