Deadline: Open call

Dark Skies Self-Funded Residencies

Dark Skies Residencies in England´s highest village with panoramic views of rural Northumberland.

Description of residency program
ACA is inviting submissions for our self-funded Dark Skies Residencies, based in the Old Schoolhouse, Allenheads in rural Northumberland.

Allenheads is the highest village in England at the heart of the North Pennines. As well as the dramatic landscape and weather, artists can experience the spectacular night skies which peak during the winter months. Allenheads experiences some of the darkest, clearest night skies in the UK. These phenomenal night skies can be explored using our new observatory due for completion by Spring 2017, housing a 10" f/4.8 Newtonian telescope. Artists can also take advantage of the Dobsonian telescope already on site, along with other star gazing equipment and software.

As a creative practitioner, you can immerse yourself in our stimulating, expansive and striking environment, to explore possibilities and practices within a new context. Whether you need to research or produce, we can provide a supportive environment for creative practitioners from all disciplines.

Your visit can be totally self-directed, but ACA's curators are here to help you get the most out of your stay.

We welcome enquiries from single person and group bookings with all levels of experience. We have a long history of working with students and academics from foundation level right through to PhD. These residential periods can be organised independently or through your educational institution.

Duration of residency
Residency durations are flexible from a minimum of one week. 

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Our self-funded residencies are open to individuals or groups of creative practitioners working in all media including writers and musicians.

ACA offers two accommodation options:

A shared wing with 4 bedrooms, shared bathrooms, open plan living room and fully equipped kitchen, capable of housing groups of up to 12

A private artist’s flat with 2 single beds (1 loft bed) and a mini kitchen, adjacent to large studio and bathroom

**All residencies are on a self-catering basis**

**Towels and bedding are provided**

Studio/ workspace
We have a number of versatile spaces where artists can work:
Classroom studio
Gallery studio
Artist’s flat

Fees and support
Single bedroom - £175 per week
Twin or double room - £150 per week
Studio Apartment with separate bathroom - £200 per week

In some cases, artists may choose expert tuition that could incur additional fees. For example:

  • specialist astronomy and astro-photography
  • print making and photography
  • specialist guided walks on the fells or in the disused mines in the surrounding areas 

Expectations towards the artist
We have no expectations of the artist regarding your activities during your residency. You may create and potentially exhibit a new body of work, or spend your time researching and developing ideas.

Application information
For more information about our organisation Allenheads Contemporary Arts and our residencies, please visit our residency profile:

Apply by email to  

Please include:

  • Name and contact details.
  • Preferred duration of stay with start and end dates. Please indicate any flexibity with dates.
  • Brief biography including website address & links to work if available.
  • Brief statement of current work and interests.
  • Brief description about why this residency appeals to you and what you hope to achieve at ACA.
  • Are you applying as an individual, or a group?
  • How did you hear about this residency?

Image Credit
"Splashdown" by Lucien Anderson, 2016

Dark Skies Self-Funded Residencies

Dark Skies Self-Funded Residencies

United Kingdom

No application deadline / Open call

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