University of the Arts London is pleased to announce a new residency opportunity, supported by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).  The Screen Archives Residency is an opportunity for an artist to be in residence at the University Archives and Special Collections Centre over a six-month period in 2017.  The selected artist will receive a total sum of £8,000 and will be supported in their use of the screen archives in the University Archives and Special Collections Centre.

Proposals are invited from artists to produce new creative works in any medium, inspired by UAL’s archives relating to screen.

Purpose of the residency

  • To encourage new creative responses to the screen archives, relating to film and TV productions, which are held at UAL.
  • To raise the awareness of the screen archives and to inspire creative responses at UAL and beyond
  • To disseminate the Resident’s artistic outcomes within the Screen School and more broadly across UAL and the wider artists’ community
  • To promote the importance of preserving the legacy of key and influential film and TV makers’ collections.

This residency offers an opportunity to collaborate with the School of Screen at LCC, to inspire others to use archives in their studies and in the curriculum.

Who is eligible to apply?

This residency is open to a post-graduate visual artists with a relevant Masters degree, or higher, from any UK- based University; or a professional artist with at least 3 years of experience.

The applicant must be able to work in the UK and remain resident until 30th April 2018.

What do we expect from the successful Screen Resident? 

We expect that the Screen Resident will produce one or multiple outputs to demonstrate their findings.  These will include:

  • New creative works: the Resident will make one or multiple responses in any form of practice: fine art; film; sound; performance / live events; animation; games; photography; creative writing; etc.
  • Scheduled interactions with students of the UAL Screen School: the Resident will contribute to course delivery in the Screen School, providing a masterclass or providing students with opportunities to collaborate with them to produce the outputs of the residency.
  • One or more public events to disseminate the outputs to UAL and the wider artistic community.

What will the Screen Resident receive?

  • A fee of £8,000 to cover expenses, and materials to produce the outputs from the residency.
  • Mediated access to the range of archives that cover the work of the screen, held at the UAL Archives and Special Collections Centre. They will be supported by the staff of the Centre who will guide them in the use of the discovery tools and the archives.
  • Access to facilities within the Screen School, as agreed with the Dean of the School and the Head of Technical Resources.

The Screen School at London College of Communication will provide support and mentoring for the resident to further their understanding of the role of archives in the curriculum, generating new ways of thinking and collaborating between collection managers and academic staff.

Accommodation and living expenses are not part of the residency fee and the Screen Resident is expected to support themselves during the six-month period.

The Screen Archives at University Archives and Special Collections Centre

The following archives will be available for use by the artist:

Stanley Kubrick Archive spans the entirety of Kubrick’s career from his time as a photographer for Look Magazine to his final film Eyes Wide Shut. The records cover the development and making of his films and material related to his unfinished projects particularly AI: Artificial Intelligence and Aryan Papers.

John Schlesinger (1926-2003) was an English film and stage director and actor. His Archive contains storyboards, contact sheets and photographs, posters, press cuttings and equipment, as well as his personal library.

Thorold Dickinson (1903-1984) started his career as a film editor and made fiction films before working as a film director for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War and the United Nations from 1956-60. He joined the Slade School of Fine Art in 1960 as Head of Film Studies in the newly formed Film Department. The Collection includes material relating to these roles.

Clive Exton (1930-2007) was a screenwriter for ABC Television’s Armchair Theatre series in the 1960s and in later years wrote for television productions of Jeeves and Wooster (1990-1993) and Poirot (1965-1985). The Archive contains draft screenplays as well as press cuttings and press packs.

The Her Noise Archive records the Her Noise exhibition which was held at multiple London venues in 2005. It investigates music histories in relation to gender, bringing together a wide network of women sound artists. The Archive includes videos, audio recordings, books, catalogues and fanzines as well as administrative records.

The London Musicians’ Collective has been active on London’s new music scene for over 30 years, promoting experimental and improvised music concerts, running festivals, tours and workshops, producing special events and publications, and realising radio broadcasts via Resonance 104.4 FM

Further details of the Screen Archives can be found by searching the online catalogue

How to make an application

The successful proposal will demonstrate:

  • Evidence of curiosity and innovative thinking
  • Forward-looking creativity, cutting-edge imagination and measured risk-taking.
  • Evidence of projects which can be achieved and disseminated in the six-month residency.

Please send the following material to and with the subject line Screen Residency Application:

  • A short summary of your project (50 words)
  • A proposal which states why you are interested in the Screen Residency and how you aim to benefit from it as well as what you would offer to UAL and the wider artistic community. (500 words)
  • How you would hope to interact with the screen archives during the residency.
  • An indication of the outcome of the residency and the medium in which your works might be produced, without being prescriptive. (500 words)
  • The technical facilities that you are likely to require to realise your outputs
  • A proposed budget outline
  • A CV including evidence of past work relevant to this proposal, through links to your web pages or other online presence.
  • Shortlisted candidates may be asked to supply further items of work in any media, supplied to the selection committee as links to the candidate’s website or as file transfers to a specified account.


The deadline for applications is 5pm on 5th May 2017.

We aim to hold interviews in May and begin the residency on Monday 5th June 2017.

Further information

For an informal discussion about the residency or your application, please contact:

Sarah Mahurter; Manager, University Archives and Special Collections Centre,

Richard Daniels; Stanley Kubrick Archivist,