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Lifeboat is a year-long studio residency and peer mentoring and career development award for MA postgraduates from University of the Arts London.  In 2017 Lifeboat invites group applications from artists

Key Dates

  • Deadline 10 am 18th December 2o17
  • Shortlisted candidates contacted for interview week commencing 8th January 2018
  • Interview week of 22nd January 2018
  • Residency period February 2018 –  February 2019

Access the online application form for Lifeboat here.

The Award

The Lifeboat award will provide:

  • A fully funded shared studio (448 square feet) split between four selected artists for a year, from February 2018 – February 2019 in ACAVA’s Limehouse Studios worth £6,000
  • A shared £1,800 award to establish a peer mentoring group with their selected studio mates and an extended network of up to 8 other artists
  • X 6 one to one mentoring sessions over the course of the year with a respected artist, gallerist or other art world professional
  • Promotion of activities through Artquest and partners’ newsletters and social media channels


To be eligible to apply for this residency you must

  • Have an fine art based practice working in any media
  • Have completed an MA (or MFA) course at one of UAL’s colleges in 2017
  • Not be enrolled in a full or part time course of study at any level during the course of the residency
  • Have permission to live and work in the UK (we are unable to support visa applications)

If you are unsure of the eligibility criteria please read our Lifeboat FAQs


Residency awardees must:

  • Attend the studio for at least 16 hours a week
  • Each produce x 4 pieces of online content for the Artquest website over the period of the residency
  • Attend x 6 one to one mentoring meetings with appointed mentors
  • Establish a peer mentoring group with their studio mates and x 8 other external artists that meets x 8 times over the course of the year
  • Participate in a public facing event about their practices and experiences

How to Apply

  • Check you meet the eligibility criteria for the award
  • Decide on the other 3 artists you want to share the studio with
  • Check they meet the eligibility criteria for the award
  • Have a conversation with them to confirm they are happy to be put forward for the award, will accept the award if selected and can meet the award conditions
  • Pre – read the application form and make sure you understand what information is required
  • Meet with your proposed studio artists to gather the necessary materials to complete the online application form and discuss who you would like to put forward as members of your peer mentoring group
  • Have initial conversations with your proposed peer group members to gauge their interest
  • Complete the online application

Access the online application form for Lifeboat here.

This programme is funded by UAL’s ArtsTemps programme, and managed by Artquest in partnership with ACAVA.

Previous Awards

In previous years the Lifeboat award provided a shared studio and a series of studio visits/group crits from curators and gallerists coordinated by a studio mentor.

2016: Awarded artists were Rosemary Cronin, Libby Heaney, Roshana Rubin Mayhew, Verity Slade.  The studio mentor was curator Lucy Day who arranged visits from curator/gallerists Cathy Lomax and Caroll Fletcher. In 2016 the award was generously supported by UAL’s Postgraduate Community.

2014: Selected artists were Alex Burgess, Laura Fowle, Georgia Gendall, Sarah Roberts. The studio mentor was Ceri Hand who organised studio visits from independent curator Ben Borthwick, curator and writer George Vasey and  curator, writer and editor Francesca Gavin.

2013: Artists Brigitte Mierau, Rebecca Moss, Liam Magee, Joe Twinn were selected for the award. Their studio mentor was Louisa Martin who brought in Attilia Fattori Franchini, Lucy Day and Robin Klassnik of Matts Gallery.

2012: Conall McAteer, Henk Geiskens, Isabelle Gressell, Michael McManus were selected for the award. The studio mentor this year was Sarah Rowles who arranged visits from Soraya Rodrigues and Matt Roberts.