Talbot Rice Residents 2022–24

Open Call for emerging artists based in Scotland

Sarah Rose image
Sarah Rose, 'Open Source (crocodile)', 2021. Reclaimed HDPE plastics with wire fixings. Courtesy of Talbot Rice Gallery. Photo: Sally Jubb

Talbot Rice Gallery invites applications for the Talbot Rice Residents programme which runs from January 2022 to January 2024.

The Residents programme provides time and support for emerging, or re-emerging, artists based anywhere in Scotland within the unique context of Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh. 

Residents receive year-round curatorial, technical and practical support from the Talbot Rice team - including regular studio visits, new writing on their practice, plus workshops and advice sessions. Residents receive an annual Artist Fee, as well as an individual budget for production and travel. The programme also includes group research trips and other key moments of activity, including creative workshops with invited guests, where Residents are brought together either digitally or in person. 

Thanks to our unique position within Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, Talbot Rice Residents have access to technical workshops, as well as studio and desk space. Our Residents are also invited to explore the University collections and academic resources to further their research, as well as considering using the diverse areas of the University campus to show works, or works in progress during their time on the programme.

We are seeking ambitious, motivated artists who will make the most of what this specific programme has to offer. Within applications, we look for evidence of strong visual work and evidence of critical thinking, driven by curiosity and research. We also look for artists who are keen to experiment and take risks, to broaden their research and working practices, and who have an appetite to show and share their work whilst on the programme. 


  • Talbot Rice Residents is part of the broader Freelands Artist Programme, funded by the Freelands Foundation. Talbot Rice is one of 4 partner organisations in the programme along with PS²Belfast, Site GallerySheffield and g39Cardiff. The foundation also provides additional curatorial, professional practice and peer network support throughout the programme period, including an annual symposium, and an exhibition in London for all of the participating artists. You can find further information on the broader programme on the foundation's website. For details of past and current Residents visit here


Talbot Rice Residents receive
  • Year-round curatorial, technical and practical support from the TRG team 
  • Creative and practical workshops led by the TRG team and invited guests 
  • Group research trips
  • New commissioned writing, specific to their work 
  • Exhibition / event outcome opportunities 
  • Access to workspace within the University of Edinburgh
  • Access to resources and facilities within the University of Edinburgh including libraries, collections and workshops
  • £5000 fee per annum for two years
  • £2500 production and travel budget
  • Annual symposium*
  • Exhibition in London* 

* organised by Freelands Foundation

  • Open to artists based anywhere in Scotland 
  • Open to artists of any age (18+)
  • Open to artists working in any medium 
  • Artists must have a minimum of 3 years practice out of formal education (in total) OR since commencing their artistic career (as of January 2022)
  • Artists must not be in formal education at any point, and be able to commit to the full duration of the programme period 

    (For further details and breakdown of eligibility requirements see FAQs here)

To apply

All applicants must submit: 

  • Application Form / Access Rider (click to download)
  • A Portfolio of work (as a single pdf, max. 5MB)
    - Artist CV (max. one-side of A4)
    - Details of 2 previous artworks. Including images (max. 3) and text descriptions (max. 100 words) for each work. For moving-image or sound work please include text descriptions (as above) and provide links to Youtube, Vimeo or Soundcloud (max. 3mins duration per work). 
  • Applicants are also asked to complete an Equality Monitoring Form here


Please send all completed forms in a single email to vira.putri@ed.ac.uk with the subject line: 
Talbot Rice Residents 2022-24

Deadline: Monday 13 September, 5pm


For further details and information visit the Talbot Rice Residents FAQs here

If you have any questions or difficulties with the application process, would like to receive this information in a different format, or if you wish to discuss applying in an alternative way, please contact Stuart Fallon: stuart.fallon@ed.ac.uk


We welcome applicants from all sections of the community, regardless of age, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or transgender status. Our University and Edinburgh College of Art, of which Talbot Rice Gallery is a key part, are committed to Athena SWAN principles. All appointments will be made on merit.