The Horniman Residency 2017


Annual research residency from Artquest in partnership with the Horniman Museum and Gardens. The 2017 residency is focused on the museum’s music collection. Applications for this year’s residency are now closed.

Key dates

  • Applications for this opportunity are now closed.
  • Shortlisted candidates contacted/invited to interview: Wednesday 16th August
  • Interview: Thursday 31st August
  • Selected artist announced: 18th September 2017
  • Residency research period: October – December 2017
  • Residency closing event: Spring 2018

To find out more about the experiences of previous residency awardees visit the project archive page.

The Award

One selected artist will receive:

  • An award of £3000 to engage with the work and collections of the museum
  • An additional award of £850 towards a public facing event showcasing the thinking and research undertaken during the residency
  • Privileged access to museum’s music collection objects and curators

This is an incredible opportunity for a London based artist, working in any medium, with at least 5 years’ experience working outside of education, to develop their practice responding to the collections and work of the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is particularly interested in developing relationships with artists who want to engage with people as well as collections. Applicants should consider in particular how their work might engage visitors with the museum’s music collection and encourage participation with these displays.

Please note, that this is not a studio residency and applicants are expected to have their own studio / workspace to complete any work.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for this residency you must be

  • A London based visual artist working in any medium
  • Have been practicing as an artist outside of university study for at least 5 years
  • Not be currently studying on a BA, MA course or similar

Residency conditions

The awarded artist will be expected to:

  • Visit the museum and engage with the music collection at least one day a week over the research period (October – December 2017)
  • Participate in x 3 interviews over the residency period which will be recorded and hosted on Artquest and partner websites.
  • Produce online content (articles, video, interviews, blog etc) about their experiences on the residency (Details to be decided in conversation with Artquest)
  • Work with Artquest and the Horniman Museum and Gardens to organise a closing event to showcase their thinking, research and work over the period of the residency


The Horniman Museum and Gardens was established by Tea Trader and philanthropist Frederick John Horniman, who  began collecting objects, specimens and artefacts ‘illustrating natural history and the arts and handicrafts of various peoples of the world’ from around 1860. His overarching mission was to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’ and educate and enrich the lives of the local community.

The Museum began life in the Horniman Family’s London Road Residency which became known as the Surrey House Museum. In 1898, Mr Horniman decided to erect a more suitable public museum in which the collections could be adequately displayed and appreciated. The architect Charles Harrison Townsend was commissioned to design the new museum. The Museum and Gardens were formally opened to the public on 29 June 1901. The Horniman family continued to take an active interest in the museum donating objects and large collections of books to the library.

To find out more about the experiences of previous residency awardees visit the project archive page.