The LCAB Artist Residencies support the creation of new artistic work inspired by the Centre’s research. They are intended to establish a powerful creative dialogue between artists and researchers that will both generate persuasive and innovative art, and inspire further interdisciplinary research and practice to the benefit of artist and researcher alike.

Who can apply?

Applications to the LCAB Artist Residencies are welcomed from any professional artists and creative practitioners. The term ‘artist’ is understood in the broadest sense, including but not limited to, for example, visual artists, creative writers, musicians and any other producers of original and experimental creative work. Up to four residencies are available.

The artist will be expected to engage closely with the work of at least one researcher from the Centre whether in the sciences, social sciences or humanities, and will be required to produce at least one original piece of work by the end of the project.

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How long is a residency?

Each artist will be engaged on a self-employed basis and there is flexibility as to the hours worked. A project may be pursued intensively over a number of weeks or over a longer period of up to twelve months. Up to £10,000 in funding may be claimed per residency, inclusive of VAT and all expenses.

Which researchers could an artist collaborate with?

Artists may express an interest in collaborating with any individual researcher or group of researchers closely associated with LCAB. At least one LCAB funded PhD student or postdoctoral researcher must be included in any collaboration:

LCAB funded PhD students

  • Molly Brown - Knowledge, understanding and the demand for ivory
  • Chantal Berry - Sensory environments c1500-c1950
  • Tyler Gaines - More or less: understanding the trade-offs of increased resolution and complexity in environmentally-extended trade models
  • Jonny Gordon - The Development of Anthropocene biodiversity
  • Katie Noble - Knowledge and perspectives on laboratory grown meat
  • Alex Payne - Evolutionary acceleration in the Anthropocene
  • Megan Tarrant - The role of environmental knowledge in rights-based approaches to conservation
  • Theo Tomking - Statistics, computing and environmental knowledge in the 20th Century

LCAB funded Postdoctoral Researchers

Collaborations could also bring in researchers outside of this group, for example our mentors and supervisors, research strategy group or associates. However, the principal researcher involved, and their related area of work, should be closely associated with the Centre.

Dr Colin Beale - Biology, spatial ecology and conservation science

Professor Neil Carter - Politics, environmental politics and policy

Dr Sabine Clarke - History, science, technology, medicine and imperialism

Dr Simon Croft - Stockholm Environment Institute York, supply chains and commodity flows of agri-goods

Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra - Biology, speciation with gene flow

Dr Maria Dornelas - Biology, University of St Andrews, quantifying biodiversity in particular coral reefs

Dr Alison Dyke - Stockholm Environment Institute York, nature-society relations

Professor Calvin Dytham - Biology, evolution of dispersal strategies

Professor Jon Finch - Archaeology, post-medieval rural landscape

Dr Jon Green - Stockholm Environment Institute York, impacts of agricultural trade on biodiversity

Professor Jane Hill - Biology, climate change and habitat loss

Dr Luisa Huaccho Huatuco - Management, sustainable supply chains

Professor Mark Jenner - History, social and cultural history of Britain c.1550-c.1780

Professor Asifa Majid - Psychology, the language of perception

Professor Nicky Milner - Archaeology, Final Palaeolithic, the Mesolithic and the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition

Professor Kate Pickett - Health Sciences, impact of socioeconomic inequality on the environment

Dr Jon Pitchford  - Maths, Mathematical biology and ecology

Dr Amanda Rees - Sociology, sociology of the human/animal relation

Professor Helen Smith - English and Related Literature, liveliness of early modern matter, and its material expressions

Professor Susan Stepney - Computer Science, computational simulation of complex biological systems

Professor Lindsay Stringer - Environment and Geography, human-environment relationships

Dr Daryl Stump - Environment and Geography, the development of agricultural landscapes

Professor Chris Thomas - Biology, biological and human processes that give rise to species being successful

Professor Mark Vellend - Biology, University of Sherbrooke, changes in plant community diversity and composition

Professor Victoria Wells - Management, the role the environment plays in consumers’ behaviour

What should interested artists consider?

Artists must consider the intended output from the residency, what form of collaboration with the researcher(s) is envisioned, how this aligns with the work of the Centre, and whether this is appropriate and feasible.

It is crucial that full consideration is also given to the nature of the target audience for the work, why the work would appeal to that audience and how that audience might be most effectively engaged. We are particularly interested in funding projects that will reach audiences currently underserved by existing arts-research engagement activity.

Equally, there needs to be a clear and realistic plan for ensuring that the artwork continues to capture the attention of people well beyond the initial period of exhibition/ performance.

How do I apply?

Before submitting a formal application, an informal expression of interest must be made via email to, briefly outlining your area of interest and residency idea so as to facilitate a discussion between artist and researcher(s). Expressions of interests must be received by 17 March 2022

The application form should then be completed and submitted by email to by 31 March 2022, along with a CV including details of past relevant projects and links to online examples where possible.

The successful applicants

The artist will be retained as an independent contractor and will not be an employee of the University. Therefore, they should already have the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK (the University may require proof of immigration status prior to appointment).

The appointees will be expected to be physically present at the University for at least some of the residency, unless there are exceptional circumstances, so as to have the maximum opportunity to fully absorb the research culture of LCAB and to share and develop ideas with our researchers and other artists who may be collaborating with LCAB.

Any output created as part of the residency shall belong solely to the University. The artist may exhibit the output with the permission of the University. 

Across the four positions, we aspire to appoint people who approach their residencies from a variety of perspectives. The University of York is committed to valuing and celebrating diversity, and to advancing equality and inclusive practice in all our activities.

For further information please contact with any questions.

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