The Florence Trust offers twelve-month studio residencies commencing in August for up to a dozen carefully selected artists. During the residency each artist has 24-hour access to a studio within the Trust’s Grade-1 listed neo-gothic church in Highbury. The resident artists at the Florence Trust form a supportive community and a valuable network during their time here.
On top of the availability of studio space and a supportive network, our artists benefit from a professional development scheme. The Florence Trust aims to help its resident artists establish themselves in the London art scene and progress their practice. Throughout the year we provide a mentoring programme tailored to the requirements and objectives of each resident. This includes one-to-one sessions with the Director; Curator; members of the board of Trustees, as well as visiting artists, writers, and curators. We hold peer critique sessions during the year and workshops on relevant topics. We organise regular gallery tours at which gallery directors and curators give introductions to their spaces and an insight into their worlds. The Trust helps its residents build a valuable network of contacts as well as providing a supportive environment for making work.
All artists are included in the Florence Trust’s two annual exhibitions, an open studio event with an accompanying curated exhibition of small works in January and a final curated Summer Exhibition in July, with an accompanying full-colour catalogue profiling each artist’s practice.
In the past, artists have joined the Trust at a pivotal stage in their careers and used the opportunity as a springboard to establish themselves in the London art scene and beyond. Our alumni have gone on to exhibit in museums and galleries around the world and their work has become part of major international public and private collections.
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