Net//Work Digital Arts Residencies

The Net//Work Digital Arts Residencies 2020 (For Artists and Creative Practitioners)

The British Council in partnership with Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, and Digital Arts Studios, Belfast, will select mid-career artists and creative practitioners to participate in Net//Work residencies.

Wysing Arts Centre is a thriving cultural campus of ten buildings across an 11-acre rural site in Cambridgeshire which hosts experimental and thematic residencies for UK and international artists and delivers a critically acclaimed public programme of gallery exhibitions and events.

Digital Arts Studios (DAS) is based in Belfast’s City Centre, in the Cathedral Quarter. Within walking distance of the many distinctive cultural zones of Belfast including the Titanic and Linen Quarters, DAS provides artists with a dynamic central hub from which to work and be inspired by Belfast’s industrial character and heritage.

Net//Work Digital Arts Residencies

The Net//Work residencies will offer space for reflection, research, practice, skills exchange and professional networking opportunities focused on digital artistic practices and technologies.

Each 4-week residency is open to mid-career visual artists and creative practitioners based in, or from, the UK, Egypt, Jordan, Syria or Uganda whose practices engage with digital technologies (work that is made or presented using digital technology). The residencies will consist of site visits, independent studio time, group critique, peer-to-peer mentoring and workshops.

At the end of each residency, participating artists will be invited to submit a funding proposal for the creation and/or research and development proposal of an independent and/or collaborative digital work.

The residencies are looking for a diverse range of artists and creative practitioners. Net//Work is a fully accessible programme, and they encourage disabled and/or D/deaf artists and creative practitioners to apply. Access provision and costs will be met in addition to £1000 fees. Travel, accommodation, access and subsistence costs will be covered on top of the fees.


  • Must be a mid-career artist/creative practitioner with a proven track record of exhibitions or projects. Applicants must be based in, or from, the UK, Egypt, Jordan, Syria or Uganda. 
  • Must submit the application in English. By this we mean written English if you are submitting a written application or spoken English if submitting by video recording.
  • Provide evidence of English language proficiency (this will be assessed if you are shortlisted, as part of the interview conversation. 

How to Apply

Further details on the Net//Work open call and how to apply can be found in the Net//Work Guidance Notes attachment below. You can complete and submit your online application by following the link below;

Click here to Apply

Please also complete and submit the anonymised Equality and Diversity Equality Monitoring Form by email to

We want to make the application process accessible to all candidates, and welcome application submissions by video. Please see the Net//Work Guidance Notes for further instructions. If you have any questions, please contact:

Applications will be assessed against the three essential criteria outlined above and the two questions below. They will be reviewed by a selection panel, including representatives from the British Council, Wysing Arts Centre and Digital Arts Studios.

  1. Submission of a critical review of your work (at any level and including any links) OR contact details of someone who will support your application (e.g. someone you have worked with, or for, professionally or a tutor, but NOT a family member or friend)
  2. Why you want to participate in this residency, including why you will benefit from working alongside other artists and creative practitioners using digital technologies.

Deadline: 24th February 2020


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