Phoenix Studio Award 2022

September 2, 2022
5:59 pm
Kitty Bew

This opportunity is now closed. 

The Phoenix Studio Award offers one year of support through rent–free studio space and other opportunities.

The award has been established to celebrate talent, individuality and original thinking within contemporary art practice. It aims to increase and strengthen equitable representation and access, and amplify artistic voices across class, race, gender, sexuality and disability to fully reflect the diversity of Brighton and Hove’s population.

The Covid–19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on artists’ lives, with many experiencing reduced opportunities, losses in income and isolation. Developed in direct response to the urgent need for affordable and secure workspace for artists, the availability of which has decreased significantly in recent years, the award aims to cultivate spaces where artists can connect in a supportive studio environment that facilitates creative possibilities, risk–taking, experimentation and exchange. As a Studio Award holder, the artist will be part of the wider network of artists at Phoenix.

The award supports artists at any stage of their careers including emerging and under–represented practices. We particularly welcome applications from artists who are marginalised or experience intersecting forms of discrimination. The Award will be allocated based on talent and need.

The one–year programme of support includes:

Studio Space
A rent–free workspace at Phoenix Art Space (central Brighton) for one year, starting in November 2022.
24–hour access. Please note the studio access is via stairs with no available lift.


  • A Window Gallery Exhibition to conclude the time spent in the studio and present the body of work produced (if appropriate)
  • Studio Visit with Phoenix Executive Director
  • A Q&A session as part of the Window Gallery exhibition opening
  • An Instagram takeover for a 1week period documenting their Phoenix experience
  • Taking part in the annual Open Studios providing access to local and national arts audiences


  • Phoenix has an Access Fund with which to support our Studio Award holder. (e.g. BSL interpretation costs, contribution to the cost of a personal carer). Specific access needs should be outlined in your application; however, this can be adapted during the duration of award depending on need identified.
  • Our Studio Manager works at Phoenix Art Space two days/week (Monday and Wednesday) and provides support to all of our artists, including our award holders, with regard to the management of their studios.


 How to Apply

Please email the following to

  • Artist statement (max 250 words) as an attachment, including links to your website and social media
  • A covering letter as an attachment outlining:
    •  How this award would benefit you and your practice (max 250 words)
    •  Details of any specific project you would use the space for if applicable (max 250 words)
    • An outline of any access needs you might have and how we could support them.
  • Documentation of your work:
    • Six images of your recent work. These can be sent as individual JPEGS (each image must include YOUR NAME, TITLE OF WORK in the file name)


    • If your work is video, film or performance based you may send:
      •  a showreel video file,
      • or maximum 3 examples as MP4 files
      • or send links (including passwords where necessary) to your video portal (e.g. Vimeo) or your website.
  • Image/Video title list including TITLE, DATE, MEDIUM, SIZE as an attachment

Please also fill out and include an equal opportunities form in your application, click here to download.

The applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. We aim to give feedback to any artist requesting it. We are committed to making our opportunities accessible to all and supporting those facing barriers to apply. If you would prefer to apply through an alternative process or media (for example video applications in BSL or English, or  audio application), or if you have any questions prior to applying, please contact Lauren Mason, Studios Manager, via / 01273 603700 to discuss further.


Application deadline MONDAY 10 OCTOBER 2022, 12pm.
The successful artist will be notified by email by 15 OCTOBER 2022.
The studio will be available to the successful artist from NOVEMBER 2022- OCTOBER 2023.

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