OPEN CALL (2021/22)

Work/Leisure is inviting emerging and mid-career artists to create new work.

Across its two previous iterations, Work/Leisure has delivered 7 short-term, non-prescriptive artist residencies designed to enable artists to research and develop new work in the historically and culturally unique location of Blackpool.

Through this third iteration of Work/Leisure, Abingdon Studios is inviting artists to Blackpool during 2 key phases of the town’s tourist season – Spring and Summer – and looking to support 3 artists to research and develop new work at Abingdon Studios.

Work/Leisure’s first iteration (2016) sought to address Blackpool as a site where ‘work’ and ‘leisure’ are intricately linked. It’s second iteration (2020) occurred at a time of global pandemic and home or remote working, when boundaries between location, space and time had softened and the borders between work and leisure spaces and time were harder to define.

For this third iteration, Abingdon Studios, fresh from delivering a-n Assembly Blackpool: The Coast is Queer (2021), continues a non-prescriptive yet fully inclusive approach which platforms the artist and the ‘work’ as Blackpool continues to move closer back to ‘normal’.

Applicants will be selected by a 6 person selection committee comprising; Garth Gratrix and Tom Ireland (Abingdon Studios’ Directors), Paulette Terry Brien (Curator, Grundy Art Gallery), Marie-Anne McQuay (Head of Programme, The Bluecoat), Mariama Attah (Curator, Open Eye Gallery) and Kerry Tenbey (studio artist, Founder of Material Arts Network).

The deadline for applications is Mon 6th December 2021, 5pm (GMT). Applications received after this time will not be considered. Applications should be sent to with the subject heading; LastName_FirstName_Work/Leisure_3

Artists wishing to apply for the Work/Leisure must be eligible to work in the UK, self-employed and responsible for their own tax affairs. Please consider this in advance of submitting your application.

Application enquiries can be sent to and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

Full application information can be found/downloaded here: WorkLeisure_3_2021