Current projects

Reopening survey: July 2020
Current project, Featured, 2020

This slideshow requires JavaScript. In July 2020, as the UK Government published guideance to encourage arts and cultural organisations reopen at this stage in the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic, Art… Continue Reading The New Lockdown: reopening attitudes amongst arts organisations in England

Artquest activity during the covid-19 pandemic
Current project, Featured, 2020

Resources and artist-led projects responding to the coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic This page is no longer being updated: for the latest links, advice and information, see our temporary new home page.… Continue Reading Artquest and covid-19 / coronavirus

Black Lives Matter
Current project, Featured, 2020

Resources, education, donations and links for Black Lives Matter and associated projects Artquest stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement (including Black Lives Matter UK) in calling… Continue Reading Black Lives Matter statement and resources

Peer Mentoring workshop at the ICA
Current project, Featured, 2020

Z-Crits is a project that seeks to support artists during lock down by providing an online space for them to connect, share work and reflect on the challenges of working at the current time. The next… Continue Reading Z-Crits

Transmissions EP.1_pressimage
Past Project, 2020

TRANSMISSIONS is an online platform that commissions artists to share their work within a classic DIY TV show format. It is initiated by Anne Duffau, Tai Shani and Hana Noorali and supported by a numb… Continue Reading TRANSMISSIONS

30works30days
Past Project, 2020

30works30days: a 12ø collective project 30works30days: a 12ø collective project As part of our response to the covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic lockdown, Artquest supported 12ø collective’s 30works30da… Continue Reading 30works30days

Current project, Featured, 2020

The WFH Residency was a £1000 award to support artists during the covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic. The deadline for the final round of the residency closed at 10am on 1 July 2020. This slideshow requi… Continue Reading WFH Residency

Past Project, 2019, 2020

Assist provided up to £3,700 to help artists from under-represented backgrounds find work assisting more established artists. The project ended in March 2020. Assist was a pilot project to connect art… Continue Reading Assist

Conway Hall Library fireplace, photo Andrew Shaylor
Current project, Featured, 2019

A new annual research residency from Artquest in partnership with Conway Hall Humanist Library and Archives. The artist selected for the 2019 Conway Hall Residency is Sophia Kosmaoglou This slideshow… Continue Reading Conway Hall Residency

Sink in an art studio
Current project, 2019

A partnership to build insight about artists careers and working conditions In 2017 Artquest initiated Applied, a mechanism for selected organisations to gather co-ordinated information from artists t… Continue Reading Applied

Interior of The Silver Building, Silvertown, development by Nick Hartwright / Soda Studio 2018
Current project, 2018, 2019, 2020

An annual online journal drawing together the art world with wider social, economic and cultural issues. Interior of The Silver Building, Silvertown, development by Nick Hartwright / Soda Studio 2018… Continue Reading Almanack

Current project, Featured, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Annual internship programme for recent graduates from University of the Arts London in high-quality internships at some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations. AWP internships are a… Continue Reading AWP Internships

Current project, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Peer Forum is an annual programme to help artists establish their own peer mentoring groups. Groups are hosted by galleries in London. Peer Forum has been postponed during 2020 in light of social dist… Continue Reading Peer Forum

Peer Mentoring (Nottingham Session) at BackLit
Current project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Artquest works with New Contemporaries to run a public programme of events to support artists in establishing their own peer mentoring groups, with an accompanying programme providing one to one advic… Continue Reading BNC Mentors

Current project, Featured, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

With live studio visits temporarily not possible, Artquest’s one to one advice programme Outpost is going online. Artquest staff and freelance artist career specialists conduct one to one advice sessi… Continue Reading Outpost Online

Primer on Kindle
Current project, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Everything that new graduates need to know about being an artist. Primer is an ebook for new fine art graduates and emerging artists covering the things you need to consider in your first couple of ye… Continue Reading Primer

2019 Projects

Reopening survey: July 2020
Current project, Featured, 2020

This slideshow requires JavaScript. In July 2020, as the UK Government published guideance to encourage arts and cultural organisations reopen at this stage in the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic, Art… Continue Reading The New Lockdown: reopening attitudes amongst arts organisations in England

Artquest activity during the covid-19 pandemic
Current project, Featured, 2020

Resources and artist-led projects responding to the coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic This page is no longer being updated: for the latest links, advice and information, see our temporary new home page.… Continue Reading Artquest and covid-19 / coronavirus

Black Lives Matter
Current project, Featured, 2020

Resources, education, donations and links for Black Lives Matter and associated projects Artquest stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement (including Black Lives Matter UK) in calling… Continue Reading Black Lives Matter statement and resources

Peer Mentoring workshop at the ICA
Current project, Featured, 2020

Z-Crits is a project that seeks to support artists during lock down by providing an online space for them to connect, share work and reflect on the challenges of working at the current time. The next… Continue Reading Z-Crits

Current project, Featured, 2020

The WFH Residency was a £1000 award to support artists during the covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic. The deadline for the final round of the residency closed at 10am on 1 July 2020. This slideshow requi… Continue Reading WFH Residency

Past Project, 2019, 2020

Assist provided up to £3,700 to help artists from under-represented backgrounds find work assisting more established artists. The project ended in March 2020. Assist was a pilot project to connect art… Continue Reading Assist

Conway Hall Library fireplace, photo Andrew Shaylor
Current project, Featured, 2019

A new annual research residency from Artquest in partnership with Conway Hall Humanist Library and Archives. The artist selected for the 2019 Conway Hall Residency is Sophia Kosmaoglou This slideshow… Continue Reading Conway Hall Residency

Sink in an art studio
Current project, 2019

A partnership to build insight about artists careers and working conditions In 2017 Artquest initiated Applied, a mechanism for selected organisations to gather co-ordinated information from artists t… Continue Reading Applied

Past Project, 2019

A panel discussion, hosted by new nomadic artist-led space Shipment on sustainable business models for artist-led spaces Shipment Date: Thursday 11th April at Shipment Artist-led spaces provide vital… Continue Reading Adaptation strategies of artist-led spaces

The Foundling Museum - photo courtesy and copyright GG Archard
Past Project, 2019

A one-day series of panel discussions that looked at building and managing relationships between contemporary visual artists and museums in the UK. Aimed particularly at smaller museums looking to bro… Continue Reading The Artist Researcher: artists and museums working together

Anu Suhonen, Process Accelerator 2.0 (detail), 2019, part of ART/WORK residency at Block 336 with Finnish Institute in London
Past Project, 2019

A conversation about capital, labour, the working practices of artists, and the future of work https://soundcloud.com/artquest/artwork-a-conversation/ The ART/WORK residency at Block 336, supported by… Continue Reading ART/WORK: a conversation

Interior of The Silver Building, Silvertown, development by Nick Hartwright / Soda Studio 2018
Current project, 2018, 2019, 2020

An annual online journal drawing together the art world with wider social, economic and cultural issues. Interior of The Silver Building, Silvertown, development by Nick Hartwright / Soda Studio 2018… Continue Reading Almanack

Past Project, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

The seventh annual Workweek Prize awarded £1,000 to a critical, risk-taking project taking part in Art Licks Weekend (17–20 October 2019), open to independent artist-led spaces and independent curator… Continue Reading Workweek Prize

Current project, Featured, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Annual internship programme for recent graduates from University of the Arts London in high-quality internships at some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations. AWP internships are a… Continue Reading AWP Internships

Current project, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Peer Forum is an annual programme to help artists establish their own peer mentoring groups. Groups are hosted by galleries in London. Peer Forum has been postponed during 2020 in light of social dist… Continue Reading Peer Forum

Peer Mentoring (Nottingham Session) at BackLit
Current project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Artquest works with New Contemporaries to run a public programme of events to support artists in establishing their own peer mentoring groups, with an accompanying programme providing one to one advic… Continue Reading BNC Mentors

Current project, Featured, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

With live studio visits temporarily not possible, Artquest’s one to one advice programme Outpost is going online. Artquest staff and freelance artist career specialists conduct one to one advice sessi… Continue Reading Outpost Online

Primer on Kindle
Current project, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Everything that new graduates need to know about being an artist. Primer is an ebook for new fine art graduates and emerging artists covering the things you need to consider in your first couple of ye… Continue Reading Primer

2018 Projects

Interior of The Silver Building, Silvertown, development by Nick Hartwright / Soda Studio 2018
Current project, 2018, 2019, 2020

An annual online journal drawing together the art world with wider social, economic and cultural issues. Interior of The Silver Building, Silvertown, development by Nick Hartwright / Soda Studio 2018… Continue Reading Almanack

Spaced Out conference logo
2018

A one-day conference looking at the ways artists can, and do, use space in a wider urban and economic context Spaced Out (Tuesday 24 April 2018, CSM) explored the varieties and uses of space as used a… Continue Reading Spaced Out

Past Project, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

The seventh annual Workweek Prize awarded £1,000 to a critical, risk-taking project taking part in Art Licks Weekend (17–20 October 2019), open to independent artist-led spaces and independent curator… Continue Reading Workweek Prize

Helena Hunter - Cabinets of Consequence, UCL Octagon Gallery, 2017, Installation Detail. Photo: Matt Clayton
Past Project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Annual research residency from Artquest in partnership with the Horniman Museum and Gardens. The artist selected for the 2018 Horniman Residency was Helena Hunter who worked with the Natural History a… Continue Reading The Horniman Residency

Current project, Featured, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Annual internship programme for recent graduates from University of the Arts London in high-quality internships at some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations. AWP internships are a… Continue Reading AWP Internships

Current project, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Peer Forum is an annual programme to help artists establish their own peer mentoring groups. Groups are hosted by galleries in London. Peer Forum has been postponed during 2020 in light of social dist… Continue Reading Peer Forum

Peer Mentoring (Nottingham Session) at BackLit
Current project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Artquest works with New Contemporaries to run a public programme of events to support artists in establishing their own peer mentoring groups, with an accompanying programme providing one to one advic… Continue Reading BNC Mentors

2016, 2017, 2018

A discount scheme in support of artist-run workshops and the artists that use them. London Sculpture Workshop, Hackney Wick Kitmapper, across London and the country Thames Barrier Print Studio, Woolwi… Continue Reading Artquest Rates

Limehouse studios
Past Project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Lifeboat is a year-long studio residency and peer mentoring and career development award for MA postgraduates from University of the Arts London.  The artists selected for the 2018 award are Sabrina F… Continue Reading Lifeboat

Current project, Featured, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

With live studio visits temporarily not possible, Artquest’s one to one advice programme Outpost is going online. Artquest staff and freelance artist career specialists conduct one to one advice sessi… Continue Reading Outpost Online

Primer on Kindle
Current project, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Everything that new graduates need to know about being an artist. Primer is an ebook for new fine art graduates and emerging artists covering the things you need to consider in your first couple of ye… Continue Reading Primer

2017 Projects

Past Project, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

The seventh annual Workweek Prize awarded £1,000 to a critical, risk-taking project taking part in Art Licks Weekend (17–20 October 2019), open to independent artist-led spaces and independent curator… Continue Reading Workweek Prize

Helena Hunter - Cabinets of Consequence, UCL Octagon Gallery, 2017, Installation Detail. Photo: Matt Clayton
Past Project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Annual research residency from Artquest in partnership with the Horniman Museum and Gardens. The artist selected for the 2018 Horniman Residency was Helena Hunter who worked with the Natural History a… Continue Reading The Horniman Residency

Current project, Featured, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Annual internship programme for recent graduates from University of the Arts London in high-quality internships at some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations. AWP internships are a… Continue Reading AWP Internships

Apiary Studios
Past Project, 2017

On Thursday 16 March 2017 Artquest held a joint anniversary party with KitMapper: for our fifteenth and their first year. This slideshow requires JavaScript. To celebrate our history and talk about ou… Continue Reading Artquest 15th Anniversary Party

Current project, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Peer Forum is an annual programme to help artists establish their own peer mentoring groups. Groups are hosted by galleries in London. Peer Forum has been postponed during 2020 in light of social dist… Continue Reading Peer Forum

Speak Robert window vinyl (detail) Image courtesy the artist
2017

Commission by a mid-career artist for new work at the 2017 Venice Biennale   This slideshow requires JavaScript. The Artists Pavilion (10-13 May 2017) showed the newly commissioned work, Speak Ro… Continue Reading The Artists Pavilion: 2017

Peer Mentoring (Nottingham Session) at BackLit
Current project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Artquest works with New Contemporaries to run a public programme of events to support artists in establishing their own peer mentoring groups, with an accompanying programme providing one to one advic… Continue Reading BNC Mentors

Image: Eric Allix Rogers, artist studio, East Garfield Park, licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons license
Past Project, 2015, 2017

These pages bring together a collection of open source resources for art school tutors to teach professional development to undergraduate students. Resources here have been made and tested by artist-t… Continue Reading The Source

2016, 2017, 2018

A discount scheme in support of artist-run workshops and the artists that use them. London Sculpture Workshop, Hackney Wick Kitmapper, across London and the country Thames Barrier Print Studio, Woolwi… Continue Reading Artquest Rates

Limehouse studios
Past Project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Lifeboat is a year-long studio residency and peer mentoring and career development award for MA postgraduates from University of the Arts London.  The artists selected for the 2018 award are Sabrina F… Continue Reading Lifeboat

Current project, Featured, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

With live studio visits temporarily not possible, Artquest’s one to one advice programme Outpost is going online. Artquest staff and freelance artist career specialists conduct one to one advice sessi… Continue Reading Outpost Online

Primer on Kindle
Current project, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Everything that new graduates need to know about being an artist. Primer is an ebook for new fine art graduates and emerging artists covering the things you need to consider in your first couple of ye… Continue Reading Primer

2016 Projects

Past Project, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

The seventh annual Workweek Prize awarded £1,000 to a critical, risk-taking project taking part in Art Licks Weekend (17–20 October 2019), open to independent artist-led spaces and independent curator… Continue Reading Workweek Prize

Helena Hunter - Cabinets of Consequence, UCL Octagon Gallery, 2017, Installation Detail. Photo: Matt Clayton
Past Project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Annual research residency from Artquest in partnership with the Horniman Museum and Gardens. The artist selected for the 2018 Horniman Residency was Helena Hunter who worked with the Natural History a… Continue Reading The Horniman Residency

Current project, Featured, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Annual internship programme for recent graduates from University of the Arts London in high-quality internships at some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations. AWP internships are a… Continue Reading AWP Internships

Current project, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Peer Forum is an annual programme to help artists establish their own peer mentoring groups. Groups are hosted by galleries in London. Peer Forum has been postponed during 2020 in light of social dist… Continue Reading Peer Forum

Past Project, 2016

      The Horniman Residency The Workweek Prize PEER FORUM Peer Mentoring workshop at the ICA Funded internships at some of London’s most respected small arts organisations An ima… Continue Reading Projects in 2016: overview

Past Project, 2016

One-to-one conversations with artists in their studios, talking about the economic and professional reality of their day-to-day lives. There are many myths about the realities of the working life of a… Continue Reading The Work of Art

Past Project, 2016

How do artists earn money, how much do they earn, and what do they do to earn it? What are the motivations and inspiration behind being an artist? a-n, Arts Council England, Artquest and our partners… Continue Reading Artists’ Livelihoods

2016

Paint pots in artist Anthony Frost’s studio. Photo © Brian Benson, 2016. Image courtesy DACS. The Artists Fund was a community interest company led by Artquest, DACS and a-n the Artists Information Co… Continue Reading The Artists Fund

Peer Mentoring (Nottingham Session) at BackLit
Current project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Artquest works with New Contemporaries to run a public programme of events to support artists in establishing their own peer mentoring groups, with an accompanying programme providing one to one advic… Continue Reading BNC Mentors

2016, 2017, 2018

A discount scheme in support of artist-run workshops and the artists that use them. London Sculpture Workshop, Hackney Wick Kitmapper, across London and the country Thames Barrier Print Studio, Woolwi… Continue Reading Artquest Rates

Limehouse studios
Past Project, 2016, 2017, 2018

Lifeboat is a year-long studio residency and peer mentoring and career development award for MA postgraduates from University of the Arts London.  The artists selected for the 2018 award are Sabrina F… Continue Reading Lifeboat

Current project, Featured, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

With live studio visits temporarily not possible, Artquest’s one to one advice programme Outpost is going online. Artquest staff and freelance artist career specialists conduct one to one advice sessi… Continue Reading Outpost Online

Primer on Kindle
Current project, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Everything that new graduates need to know about being an artist. Primer is an ebook for new fine art graduates and emerging artists covering the things you need to consider in your first couple of ye… Continue Reading Primer

2015 Projects

Past Project, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

The seventh annual Workweek Prize awarded £1,000 to a critical, risk-taking project taking part in Art Licks Weekend (17–20 October 2019), open to independent artist-led spaces and independent curator… Continue Reading Workweek Prize

Foundling Museum closing event
Past Project, 2015

Artists Union England The New Economy of Art debates The Foundling Residency Projects ending in 2015 were: The Foundling Residency: Research residency award for artist to engage with the work and coll… Continue Reading Projects in 2015: overview

Past Project, 2015

Six conversations about the art world’s responsibilities and relationships between artists, galleries, funders, regeneration, education, and families. http://soundcloud.com/artquest/sets/system-failur… Continue Reading System Failure

Image: Eric Allix Rogers, artist studio, East Garfield Park, licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons license
Past Project, 2015, 2017

These pages bring together a collection of open source resources for art school tutors to teach professional development to undergraduate students. Resources here have been made and tested by artist-t… Continue Reading The Source

AUE hustings
Past Project, 2015

In the run-up to the 2015 general election, Artists’ Union England organised a hustings event with representatives of the major UK parties to discuss their plans for artists and the arts. Artquest wer… Continue Reading Artists’ Union England Hustings

The Courtroom ceiling at the Foundling Museum
Past Project, 2015

The Foundling Residency was an annual research residency which ran from 2013-2015, in partnership with the Foundling Museum The Foundling Residency Image courtesy Pavilion The Foundling Residency Resp… Continue Reading The Foundling Residency

Project archive

Past Project, 2013

Funded internships at some of London’s most respected small arts organisations In 2013 we programmed a major conference and commissioned a new piece of work at the Venice Biennale as well as our… Continue Reading Projects in 2013

Past Project, 2014

Programmes ending or continuing through 2014 included: AWP Internships (2012-current): Paid high-quality internships at small London arts organisations Artquest Rates (2014-current): a discount scheme… Continue Reading Projects in 2014

Past Project, 2011

Image courtesy: Paul Greenleaf Programmes ending or continuing through 2011 included: Channel Q (2010-2014): a series of practical talks about diverse artists careers The Real World (2009-2014): philo… Continue Reading Projects in 2011

Past Project, 2012

British Library Sarah Warsop: neckpiece Ongoing projects starting and/or running through 2012 included AWP Internships (2012-current): Paid high-quality internships at small London arts organisations… Continue Reading Projects in 2012

Craft Rally
Past Project, 2010

Ongoing projects in 2010 were: <<3 Months in Berlin>> (2007-11, 2014): three month accommodation and studio residency with stipend, travel and materials budget Going Dutch (2010-2014): a t… Continue Reading Projects in 2010

Ex Machina Tour of Met Works
Past Project, 2009

<<3 Months in Berlin>> (2007-11, 2014): three month accommodation and studio residency with stipend, travel and materials budget Annual Artquest Jumble Sale (2004-2005 and 2008-2010): annu… Continue Reading Projects in 2009

Parramatta Artists Studios
Past Project, 2008

Anna Harding introduces the Value Added conference Jaye Ho, Chullora C-type print The Artquest Jumble Sale <<3 Months in Berlin>> (2007-11, 2014): three month accommodation and studio resi… Continue Reading Projects in 2008

3 Months in Berlin
Past Project, 2007

<<3 Months in Berlin>> (2007-11, 2014): three month accommodation and studio residency with stipend, travel and materials budget Forum (2006-2008): peer mentoring group funding for artists… Continue Reading Projects in 2007

Intersection conference
Past Project, 2006

Forum (2006-2008): peer mentoring group funding for artists Future Forecast Future Forecast created a think-tank around new evidence, ideas and issues. It follows successful events in 2003 and 2004 an… Continue Reading Projects in 2006

Jumble Sale
Past Project, 2005

Ongoing projects in 2005 were: Annual Artquest Jumble Sale (2004-2005 and 2008-2010): annual networking event that turns unwanted studio junk into cash Electric Greenhouse (2005-2006): a new media res… Continue Reading Projects in 2005

Artists' Forum
Past Project, 2004

Ongoing projects in 2004 were: Annual Artquest Jumble Sale (2004-2005 and 2008-2010): annual networking event that turns unwanted studio junk into cash Digital Shift (2004-2005): new media workshops t… Continue Reading Projects in 2004

Art Fair
Past Project, 2003

Sale of Artists Skills and Services Artquest was commissioned by Arts Council England in 2003 to manage the organisation and delivery of events designed to solicit intelligence on artists’ (and agenci… Continue Reading Projects in 2003

Artquest advises
Past Project, 2002

art>>Artists This Artquest / engage joint seminar event was primarily for artists, gallery educators, teachers and training providers. It focussed on artists’ work with audiences, and explored a… Continue Reading Projects in 2002

Fruits of Labour
Past Project, 2014

Three month studio residency in Amsterdam for a visual artist, including a bursary and travel costs. Organised in partnership with M4Gastatelier, Going Dutch allowed a visual arts or crafts artist liv… Continue Reading Going Dutch