Apply for a London Borough of Culture Artist Project

17 September 2018


Borough of Culture 2019 comes to Waltham Forest soon - here's how you can help out!

Artist Projects and Artist in Residence Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 open call:

In 2019 Waltham Forest will be the first ever London Borough of Culture. The award from the Mayor of London will ensure arts and culture is placed at the heart of our communities. The year will explore the themes ‘Radicals’, ‘Makers’ and ‘Fellowship’ in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives – a once in a life time celebration of the place we call ‘home’.  

Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 will shine a light on the character, diversity and cultures of the borough, the things we have in common and the things that make us different, a year-long celebration of the real cultures of London by the people who live here. 

We are inviting applications from artists of any discipline to apply for one of our 7 new project and residency opportunities – the first open call for artists to become part of our creative programme for 2019. The opportunities include 6 Artist Projects and an Artist in Residence opportunity at William Morris Gallery.  

Artists are invited to creative innovative and bold responses to the theme of how culture/s informs our individual and collective identity – of borough, local area and the individuals and communities that live here. This programme is open to artists from all backgrounds but we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and those who identify as disabled. Successful proposals will work with residents to create projects responding to the themes and venues outlined below.

The deadline for applications is 11.30pm 14th October 2018. You can download full details outlined below as a PDF here

The artist projects and William Morris Gallery residency are designed to work on a local level to explore certain themes through individual practice. Specific opportunities are:

  • 1 Artist in Residence opportunity at William Morris Gallery, looking for new responses to William Morris’s legacy and to the gallery collections - open to visual artists only from East London. This opportunity has specific application criteria for information and to apply please visit the William Morris Gallery website
  • 3 artist project opportunities open to artists from East London - Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Hackney, Greenwich and Tower Hamlets
  • 3 artist project opportunities are open to all artists – specifically London, UK and internationally based artists.

Themes to be explored Click to get info

  • Legacy of William Morris and William Morris Gallery collections– WM Gallery artist in residence only
  • Recording studio/Sound/music/playlists
  • Food and food production
  • Working men/service men clubs
  • Taxis and night time economy
  • Markets and high streets
  • Education, schools and learning

Please note the application form will ask you to specify which particular area you are interested in working in and why.

  • William Morris Ward
  • Chingford Green Ward
  • Grove Green Ward
  • Hoe St and Leytonstone Wards
  • Cann Hall/Cathall Ward
  • Higham Hill Ward
  • Valley or Endlebury Ward

You can download a Ward map here

Time frame Click to get info

  • This phase of the artists projects programme is for projects taking place between January to September 2019.
  • Each individual project will last between 6 weeks to 3 months depending on the practice and proposal of the selected artists. The application form will ask you to specify availability and relevant timeframe.

Eligibility Click to get info

  • Respond to the themes and venues nominated above
  • 4 x opportunities open to artists based in East London and 3 x opportunities open to London, UK or internationally based artists
  • We would particularly welcome applications from artists from BAME backgrounds
  • You can apply as an individual or in collaboration with other/another artists(s)
  • You must be willing to take part in evaluation, both during and after the residency
  • Open to artists of any discipline or art form
  • Artists with a strong portfolio of previous projects and work

How we will support you Click to get info

  • Curatorial and production support
  • A base in the borough (either within an organisation or as office space)
  • An artist fee of £2,000*
  • A budget of up to £3,000 for associated events and artworks
  • Publicity and promotion via London Borough of Culture marketing, PR and social media channels

*non London based artists and international artists may be eligible for a small travel and accommodation bursary

William Morris Gallery: If you are applying for the William Morris Gallery Artist in Residence opportunity please visit for information and to apply

Artist Projects: Please email your application to with LBOC Artist Project application in the subject line. To apply please submit:

  • A completed application form - download here
  • Up to 5 images/examples of your previous work
  • CV including project/exhibition/performance credits

The deadline for submissions is 11.30pm on Sunday 14th October 2018. We regret that we are unable to consider applications submitted after this time.    

You can download all information on this page as a PDF here.                                              

Next steps and selection process:

  • All projects will be reviewed and shortlisted by the creative team

  • A panel comprised of artists, curators, cultural organisation representatives and community partners will review and select the successful proposals

All applications will be acknowledged within 5 working days. The selection panel will meet on 2nd November and shortlisted artists will be notified of the outcome the following week.

Due to the high number of applications, if your application is not shortlisted for the selection panel we are unable to offer individual feedback.