In celebration of Cob’s ten-year anniversary we are proud to launch a new artist residency programme, set within bespoke onsite artist studios. Cob pledges to support artists at the very beginning of their career by providing studio space in the heart of London, artistic support, and a final exhibition.
The gallery was founded on the principle of nurturing artists and supporting the artistic community, and from conception, space within the premises had been allocated to artists. A portion of the building has now been remodelled with functioning artist studios, to accommodate a full-time residency programme.
In 2021, Cob have invited two London based initiatives to collaborate. We are excited to announce that these inaugural residences will be presented by HOME by Ronan McKenzie, and PLOP founded by artist Oli Epp and curator Aindrea Emelife.
For more information about residency opportunities please contact our Studio Manager Madeleine Dunnigan.
Residency 0.1Cob x HOME
Residency: 17th May – 30th June
Exhibition: 8th July – 22nd July
HOME is hosting a six-week residency for two BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) Women-identifying Artists, at Cob this summer 2021. The residency will culminate in a two-week WIP exhibition within the studios.
Residents receive a stipend and materials budget. With special thanks to Glossier for sponsoring the residency.
Inspired by HOME’s inaugural exhibition WATA by Joy Yamusangie and Ronan Mckenzie, we are interested in how sharing a space can inform the work of two practitioners working across different mediums and from alternate perspectives. It is rare that such space is shared by only two artists, as opposed to a group. We're excited by the potential for collaboration this provides – either physically through creating works together, or simply through the impact of being together in a space. This residency is an exploration of how mediums or creative thinking can merge, and the impact this has on both practitioners and viewers. – Ronan McKenzie, Director of Home
For more information please visit HOME’s website.
HOME by Ronan McKenzie is modern hybrid of an art gallery and a community events space, based in North London. At the heart of HOME is the aim to inspire, share and support. HOME is one of very few black owned art spaces within London, and one of the only to be artist led, with a leading focus on supporting Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. HOME offers a considered curatorial and events programme which highlights our founding concept; to truly contextualise artists, and continually transform to support the community we are built for.
Residency 0.2Cob x PLOP
Applications: 6 April – 1 June 2021
Announcement: 18 June 2021
Summer Residency: 12 August–8 September (UK artists only)
Autumn Residency: 16 September–13 October (UK artists only)
Winter Residency: 21 October–17 November (UK artists only)
International Residency: 22 November–19 December (International artists)
Please note, the first three residencies are for UK-based artists only, due to Covid-19. The fourth residency is open to international artists, subject to travel restrictions.
Beginning in August 2021, PLOP will host four, one-month residency programmes for emerging and early-career artists. Each residency will culminate in an exhibition in the studios at Cob.
Artists will be supported by resident mentors, curator and artist Rosalind Davis and art historian Hector Campbell. Alongside this, they will be visited by special guests, including Director of the Zabludowicz Collection, Elizabeth Neilson.
The selection panel includes Marcelle Joseph, collector and founder of Artlandapp, Claus Busch Risvig, collector and lawyer Jeremy Levison, and historian and curator, Aindrea Emelife.
Many opportunities for emerging artists and recent graduates, like Degree Shows and art openings, have been squashed by the pandemic. By opening up dialogues between artists, and fostering a new, creative synergy, I hope PLOP can help redress this and contribute to London’s cultural landscape post-covid. We are looking for the next hot crop of recent graduates and emerging artists. We want to hear from those new voices in the UK’s art scene who have an innovate and original approach to art making and who consider how their practice is reflective of current life and contemporary culture. – Oli Epp, co-founder of Plop.
For more information and how to apply please visit the PLOP website.
You can also follow PLOP on instagram for updates
In 2019, PLOP Residency was co-hosted by artist Oli Epp and curator Aindrea Emelife. Together, they provided free art studios to 48 artists from 4 continents. Along with free studio spaces at Koppel Project Hive, in the heart of London, PLOP also provided artists with studio visits from practicing artists and industry professionals. PLOP is free to enter and open to all – a residency run by artists for artists. Previous artists who have taken part in the residency include: Sarah Slappey, Andrew Pierre Hart, Stine Deja, Hunter Potter and Cathrin Hoffmann. The artists that took part in PLOP created an artist community where ideas, thoughts and opinions could be freely shared. Together, the artists formed not only a support network but close friendships with one another, which was crucial to the success of the residency. Artists who have taken part in a PLOP residency have gone on to have international and solo exhibitions, and forged long-standing communities that cross continents.