Cob Award

  • The Cob Award is designed to offer early-mid-career artists of any age and nationality an opportunity to develop their artistic practice and realise ambitious projects within our contemporary London art gallery. 
    Award winners will receive £8,000 to produce a new body of work, access to a bespoke on-site studio space, eight-weeks of professional development through curated studio visits with Cob’s extensive network and a final presentation of their work within the gallery. 
    Each residency cycle will run for eight-weeks and consist of one artist selected by an esteemed judging panel.
    Details on the judging panel will be announced soon.
    APPLICATION PROCESS                                                    
    Applications are welcomed from early-mid career artists of any age and nationality, with or without formal training, though not in formal education. All styles of practice are considered, including painting, sculpture, installation, site- specific, performance and video work. A minimum of three years of exhibiting experience is expected and all applicants must be committed to embracing all aspects of the award and actively participate in all events associated.           
    Submissions are due no later than 01 February 2024 (5pm GMT) exclusively by email: [email protected]
    All applicants will be notified by email by 26 February 2024.  
    RESIDENCY DATES                                               
    Cycle I: 03 April - 25 May 2024 
    Presentation of the Work: 29 May 2024 
    Exhibition: 30 May - 22 June 2024               
    Cycle II: 01 July - 31 August 2024                                                    
    Presentation of the Work: 04 September 2024 
    Exhibition: 05 September - 25 September 202
    Please ensure the following information is saved as one PDF Document (max. 15 pages, 15MB) with the file name: NAME_SURNAME_COB_AWARD                                                                             
    • A motivation letter - outlining your reasons for applying for The Cob Award and what you hope to gain from the experience. (max. 500 words) 
    • A description of the project you propose to undertake during the residency. This should outline the projects details and give contextual background/research of the proposal. (max. 1000 words, or 5 annotated mock-up sketches)                                                                       
    • Portfolio of artistic work (max. 10 pages)
    • Up-to-date Artist CV                                            
    • Award winners will receive £8,000 to facilitate the production of a new body of work and cover additional expenses incurred with participating in the residency (this includes travel and accommodation - where needed)
    • 500 sq.ft bespoke on-site studio space in the heart of the gallery. 
    • Eight-weeks’ worth of professional development, including mentorship with the gallery team. 
    • Studio visits from a selection of high-profile art world professionals, including curators, writers, collectors alike. 
    • Industry advice and seminars with public art figures, including established artist, writers and institutions. 
    • An opportunity to connect with the wider artistic community, through artist-led studio crits. 
    • Professional documentation of the work for future use by the artists. 
    • Final presentation within the gallery at the end of the residency, running three-weeks with an opening event. 
    • Written interview with Brooke Wilson, writer, curator and Programme Coordinator. 
    • Support with writing, artists statements and online presence. 
    • Outreach to press - promotion on website and social media platforms. 
    • All works made during the residency will be consigned through Cob Gallery – terms to be agreed upon selection. 
    Accessibility Requirements; Please state if any accessibility requirements are needed in your application. 
  • J D Rooney, formed in water, 2023

    J D Rooney

    formed in water, 2023

    Residency 02


    Judging Panel:

    Josef O'Connor, Founder & Artistic Director at CIRCA

    Francesca Gavin, Curator, Writer & Editor-in-chief of Epoch Review

    Hanna Girma, Senior Editor & Curator of Editorial Projects at Serpentine Galleries

    Elizabeth Neilson, Curator & Director at Zabludowicz Collection

  • Dominic Watson, God Bless Strawberry Jam, 2023

    Dominic Watson

    God Bless Strawberry Jam, 2023

    Residency 01


    Judging Panel:

    Josef O'Connor, Founder & Artistic Director at CIRCA

    Francesca Gavin, Curator, Writer & Editor-in-chief of Epoch Review

    Hanna Girma, Senior Editor & Curator of Editorial Projects at Serpentine Galleries

    Elizabeth Neilson, Curator & Director at Zabludowicz Collection