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Artist Research Residency – Unlocking the Collections

Our Unlocking the Collections artist research residency award is an opportunity for an early career London-based artist, working in any medium, to develop their practice responding to material in the new Collections Library at the Museum of the Home. 

The selected artist will explore the Museum's collection with support from its curators at a pivotal point in the Museum's development and its reopening to the public in 2021.

Collections Library


One selected artist will receive

  • An award of £3,000 to develop their practice in response to the Museum of the Home's collections
  • A further £850 to deliver a public-facing event that showcases their thinking and research undertaken over the residency period
  • Special access to Museum collections and curatorial staff

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The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 19 July 2021.

Apply for this opportunity here

We particularly welcome applications from artists from under-represented groups in the arts, including those based on gender, sexuality, disability, ethnic origin, experience of migration, socio-economic background, and maternity / paternity.

Alternative arrangements will be made to access digital aspects of the collection if social distancing restrictions prevent physical access.


Interviews will be held during week commencing 16 August 2021.

Research period

The research period is 10 weeks long, between 20 September and 26 November 2021.