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Banks Mill Opens Student Residency Applications

Thu, 21/04/2022 - 12:17

We have now opened applications for University of Derby School of Arts students to apply for a 12-month rent free shared studio space.

The residency is open to students who would like access to a professional studio space at our studios on Bridge Street in Derby.

This is a fantastic opportunity to develop new work and business skills in a creative and collaborative environment.  The successful applicants will have an opportunity to exhibit their work at Banks Mill and engage with the vibrant and rich community within the building.

Our student residency will provide the following:

  • Free studio rent for 12 months
  • Access to a student residency shared studio space, seven days a week
  • Profile listing on the Banks Mill website
  • Participation in the annual Open Studios event
  • Group exhibition in the Banks Mill foyer or another suitable space
  • Monthly meetings with fellow tenants
  • Peer support group
  • Free membership to the East Midlands Chamber
  • Access to the Be The Boss enterprise support programme
  • Business support

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2022 and can be submitted here

Full terms and conditions 


I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity of a year-long shared studio residency. I’ve used it to organise my practice, store my photography gear, experiment and work. The gorgeous light flooding into the studio is inspiring, and you definitely feel part of the lovely community of artists, plus as a photographer you do get asked if you have a studio, so it’s been nice to say yes to that, and to be able to respond to requests for shoots in a positive way knowing you have the space.

Sarah Blandford, residency winner 2021-22 

To see how the residency benefitted our previous winners watch the video