The Colab: Body and Place Residency Program

The Colab Body and Place Residency Program

Body and Place is an ongoing series of annual summer drawing residencies which take the model outside the confines of the life room.   The aim is to free life drawing from its usual staid environment and breathe new energy into it.  The residencies offer an opportunity for artists of all disciplines, including sculptors, and at all stages of their careers, including those who do not normally or regularly draw from the figure, to work under the guidance of skillful and passionate tutors in extraordinary surroundings.

In 2024, BODY and PLACE returns to Owlpen Manor, a private 200 acre estate in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire for four days of exploratory workshops led by revelatory and passionate tutors including Martin Morris. Participating artists are selected by theCOLAB Director Claire Mander and a panel of experts in the field of drawing including Ketty Gottardo, Courtauld Institute of Art; Roger Malbert, writer and curator, author of books on contemporary drawing; Nina Wisnia, artist and Patron of the Arts; Luce Garrigues, London Art Week and Sarah Dwyer, artist and past residency participant.

You will be expected to pay for travel to and from the residencies both within and outside London and for any international travel.  theCoLAB will provide meals during the residency.

The residency details are:

Owlpen Manor, Nr Uley, Gloucestershire, GL11 5BZ:  a private 200 acre estate in the Cotswolds with woodlands, lakes and Tudor Manor house with fascinating links to the Arts and Crafts movement.

Monday 10 — Friday 14 June 2024

Applicants must NOT have previously participated in past Body and Place residencies.

Open to artists nationally and internationally; the residency will be conducted in English.

Professional artists of any age or stage of their career, background, working in any discipline with a preference for three-dimensional work and sculpture with a demonstrable interest in drawing. Students enrolled in post-graduate study from MA level and above are eligible to apply.

Residencies are fully funded including accommodation, food, tutoring and materials

Travel to and from the residency is to be organised and paid for by the participating artists

Entry Fee:

There is an entry fee of £20 per artist as a contribution to theCoLAB’s administrative costs only. If you are not able to pay the fee, please ask for a waiver by emailing


Wednesday 6th Dec 2023Open Call – open
Tuesday 6th Feb 2024 at midnightOpen Call – submissions close
by Thursday 4 April 2024Notify successful/unsuccessful arti

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