Illustrator in Residence FAQs

Frequently asked questions regarding our residency.

Can I apply if I don't live in London?

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 living expenses or travel expenses to and from House of Illustration.

If I can't apply this year, can I apply next year?

Yes. We will be issuing calls for applications for next year’s residency in 2020.

Can we apply as a partnership or collective?

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.

Can I apply if I don't have a degree in illustration?

Yes. We welcome applications from people with arts qualifications, but this is not essential.

Can people who aren’t 'illustrators' apply?

Illustration is an art form of great breadth and variety. We will consider applications from people whose work is not necessarily in a format traditionally associated with illustration whose work 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 within graphic communications.

Am I still eligible if I'm no longer a recent graduate?

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.

Can I apply if I'm under 25 on 11 October 2019?

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 to receive information about other opportunities for illustrators.

Can I apply if I'm not a UK or EU citizen?

Yes. However House of Illustration is unable to offer visa advice. Please visit the government website for information and advice.

Does my residency project have to connect to the themes of House of Illustration’s 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 as a public arts organisation.

Who should my referees be?

As part of your application, you need to supply the contact details of two referees, although you do not have to supply reference letters at the application stage. If you are shortlisted for interview, we will contact your referees to ask them about their experience of working with you and about their knowledge of your work.

Your referees should be people who know you and your work well – they may be a former tutor, colleague, client, employer or collaborator. Ideally, your referees should be able to comment on the kind of approach/work that you describe in your proposal for the residency.

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. 

Why do I have to submit an Equal Opportunities monitoring form?

House of Illustration is committed to providing equality of opportunity with regard to its employment practices and we ask all applicants for vacancies and other programmes to complete our Equal Opportunities monitoring form. The information provided to us via these forms is collated so that we can assess and improve our employment practices and meet our obligations under the Equality Act 2010.

The information you provide on the form is separated from your application on receipt and is not viewed by the selection panel at any stage of the selection process. It is saved anonymously.

You must not include the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form in your application document, or add your name to the form.

How do you use my data?

The information you provide to us in your application is used internally for us to process your application and administrate the residency opportunity. Find out more about our privacy policy.

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Please note that due to the high volume of enquiries we receive, it may take up to 4 working days for us to respond to your queries. Please submit your queries with enough time for us to respond before the application deadline.