Frequently asked questions

Questions about our Illustrator in Residence programme answered


I don’t live in London, can I still apply?
Yes. The illustrator in residence does not need to live in London but must be within easy travelling distance of House of Illustration for the 6 month duration of the residency. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to House of Illustration’s activity, which may include a limited number of evenings and weekends. Please note that we are unable to cover the cost of travel expenses to and from House of Illustration.

I can't apply this year, is the residency an annual event?
Yes. We will be issuing calls for applications for next year’s residency in spring 2019.

We are a partnership/collective - can we apply?
Yes. Please ensure that your proposal clearly explains how you will respond to the brief with a united creative voice, and how you would tackle the logistics of the project if you were successful. Please note that the stated illustrator’s fee is not increased for collective applications.

I don't have an illustration degree, can I still apply?
Yes. We welcome applications from people with arts qualifications, but this is not essential.

Can people who aren’t 'illustrators' apply?
Illustration is an artform of great breath and variety. We will consider applications from people whose work is not necessarily in a format traditionally associated with illustration. We are looking for work that communicates creative concepts in an innovative way. We welcome applications from: illustrators, game designers, typographers, coders, animators, graphic designers, printmakers, book artists and other creatives working with graphic communication.

I am not a recent graduate, am I eligible?
Yes. We welcome proposals from graduates, but also from established creatives who feel this residency will allow them to develop their illustration practice or take it in a different direction.

I am under 25 on 1 July 2018, can I still apply?
The residency is open to practitioners aged 25 and over on the submission deadline date only. If you are under the age of 25, you can sign up to our mailing list here to receive information about our other programmes for illustrators.

I am not a UK/EU Citizen, can I still apply?
Yes. However House of Illustration is unable to offer visa advice.  Please visit for information and advice.

Does my residency project have to connect to the themes of House of Illustrations exhibitions or other programmes?

No. Your residency project is a personal investigation that should involve you undertaking research to develop your practice and create a new body of work.  However the strongest applications will respond to the particular context of House of Illustration.

Can a member of House of Illustration staff advise me on my proposal before I submit it?

No. To make the application process fair, our staff cannot advise you on the content of your application. 

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