The London Summer Intensive 2019

Dates: 29 July – 25 August 2019

Duration: 4 weeks

Application Deadline First round: 15 March 2019

Application Deadline Second round: 26 April 2019


An artist residency programme led by Camden Arts Centre & the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL

The London Summer Intensive is a four-week residency for artists offered by the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, a dynamic, world-renowned international art school and Camden Arts Centre, an influential space for contemporary art exhibitions and education.

The residency will run throughout August 2019 and focuses on independent studio practice, providing a stimulating and flexible environment for 21 artists from all over the world to experiment and make new work. Supported by artist facilitator Jefford Horrigan and visiting artists and curators, the programme reflects the lively, rigorous and open-ended approaches to art-making championed by both institutions. Artists will work in studios and workshop spaces at the Slade School of Fine Art, Woburn Square Studios in Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum and the galleries of Soho and the West End.

What does the residency programme offer?

The programme will include artist talks, lectures, social events and professional development including studio discussion in groups and one to one discussions with visiting artists and curators as well as members of Camden Arts Centre’s curatorial team including the director Martin Clark.  Central to the programme is a focus on working as an artist in London, a city which offers opportunities to investigate multidisciplinary practice and to visit public arts institutions, commercial galleries and artist-run spaces. Each participating artist will shape their own experience, striking a personal balance between independent studio time and the programme.

Artists will also have the opportunity to present their works and ideas through a showcase of work in progress at Camden Arts Centre’s Artists’ Studio, followed by an open studio event at the Slade School of Fine Art, Woburn Square Studios . These events enable the public to meet and see the work of the resident artists.

Previously London Summer Intensive have brought together artists from over 20 different countries providing diverse and exciting working environments.

Visiting artists and curators from previous years have included Faisal Abdu’Allah, Caroline Achaintre, Sacha Craddock, Peter Davies, Simon Faithful, Mark Godfrey, Dryden Goodwin, Anne Hardy, Evan Ifekoya, Chantal Joffe, Paul Johnson, Alison Katz, Sally O’Reilly, Katrina Palmer, Imran Peretta, Harold Offeh, and Phoebe Unwin.

We have previously organized gallery visits and introductions to spaces such Tenderpixel, South London Gallery, Jupiter Woods, Gasworks,  and trips to Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, Turner Contemporary, Margate and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.

What length of residency is available?

This programme is designed for participation over the entire period of 4 weeks. Variable dates will not be considered.

Who should apply?

This residency is for visual artists who have be working at postgraduate level or have equivalent experience working as a practicing artist.


The fee for The London Summer Intensive is £2,700 which includes studio space, social events as well as Slade and Camden Arts Centre resources. Successful applicants who apply by the 15 March 2019 deadline will receive a 5% reduction in fees.

Accommodation, food and travel will be covered by the artist.


This year, The London Summer Intensive is pleased to offer two fully funded places available for two artists attending the programme. Please note, funding is only applicable to the residency fee. To be considered for a bursary you must complete your application by the first deadline of 15 March 2019 and indicate on your application that you would like to be considered for the bursary by checking the relevant box on the application. The bursaries will be awarded by the London Summer Intensive jury on the basis of merit and will be judged on the quality of your application.

While we are unable to provide bursaries for all the artists attending the London Summer Intensive, we are happy to provide a letter of support on request if you are independently seeking funding for the residency.


Successful applicants will be notified by email and asked to accept their place within three weeks. Payment of fees is expected upon acceptance – the amount can be paid in full or in two equal installments: one upon acceptance, the other on or before 30 June 2019.


Refunds are only available on cancellations made in writing at least three months before the programme start date and are subject to a £50 administrative charge. Within three months, artists who are not able to attend or have to withdraw from the programme due to illness, personal or professional commitments do not have the right to refunds. We recommend that all artists take out personal insurance against any unforeseeable circumstances.


Studios are based at the Slade School of Fine Art, Woburn Square Studios , Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

During the academic year, this suite of nine large studios hosts the postgraduate Painting programme as well as project spaces for the Slade School. The building was previously home to the Courtauld Gallery until 1989.

The large studios are easily adaptable to different media and styles of working with light and dark spaces and solid walls. Studio assistants, who are practicing artists and students of the Slade, will provide practical support to ensure the smooth running of the studios.

The residency will conclude with an open studio event at the Slade Research Centre, giving artists the opportunity to exhibit works and ideas they have developed throughout the residency.

Studio opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9am – 9pm* Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 7pm*

*Except when organised events are taking place


Artists’ Studio at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG

The residency will include a showcase of works in progress at Camden Arts Centre’s Artists’ Studio beginning with a private view on the Wednesday evening.  Camden Arts Centre is a site for contemporary art and education, with a programme which celebrates artists’ ideas and processes. The Artists’ Studio is an important place for testing ideas and has hosted artists such as Martin Creed, Mike Nelson and Anne Hardy as part of the Centre’s residency programme, which has run for more than 20 years. This will be an opportunity for wider audiences to meet the resident artists and see the start of works being made in advance of the open studios at the end of the residency.


The residency will include artist talks, lectures, social events and professional development including studio discussion – in groups and one to one discussions with visiting artists and curators as well as members of Camden Arts Centre’s curatorial team.  Visiting artists and curators for 2019 will be added to the website once they are confirmed.


Click here to see the provisional timetable

General Information


We can provide a list of nearby hotels and other accommodation, or you may wish to stay in one of the UCL student halls of residences, many of which are within walking distance. For more information on the UCL student halls please see

Disabled Access

If you have any disabilities or accessibility requirements please contact the London Summer Intensive Administrator before making your application. The studios have limited access for wheelchair users.


The London Summer Intensive will be conducted in English.

All artists whose first language is not English should have a reasonable proficiency in the English language in order to fully benefit from the programme.


For information relating to visas please see the following website:



Slade School of Fine Art

Camden Arts Centre