Elephant Lab Residencies

Elephant believes that visual thinking triggers societal thinking. Elephant Lab exists in the spirit of this belief, a space to foster creativity and feed curiosity. We encourage experimentation and collaboration, bringing artists together with scientists to investigate the correlation between life and art.

Elephant Lab offers artists time, space, materials and access to specialized knowledge. Housed in a large (34m²), well-lit and fully equipped artists’ studio, Elephant Lab is located next to the Innovation & Development laboratory of Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris at the Studio Building in West London, close to our home of Elephant West.

Practising artists are invited to make proposals for a one month residency at Elephant Lab. Here is an environment where artists can investigate and innovate with materials supplied by the fine art brands, supported with specialist technical knowledge from the chemists in the I&D laboratory and art professionals on the Elephant team. All proposals should have one or more of the following attributes:


  • Experimental
  • Innovative
  • Collaborative


Who Can Apply

Practising artists other than students are eligible to apply. Elephant will provide all necessary materials, studio space and professional support. The residency ends with an Open Studio event. Overseas artists are welcome to apply but there is no provision for transport or accommodation. There is a £15.00 administration fee for applications. To apply, click below:




Selection Process

Proposals are reviewed quarterly in January, April, July and October. Shortlisted artists are invited to the Studio Building for interview and successful applicants can expect to take up their residency approximately three months after the review date. The next deadline is 26 April for two residencies in July 2020. Applications will open from 1 March.

Current Residency

Jack Sutherland

3–28 February

Open Studio 27 February

Jack Sutherland is the third New Contemporaries alumnus to be offered an Elephant Lab residency

Paintings about the human condition. Frustrating, humorous, nihilistic, silly moments taking place within the theatre of the absurd. Explorations of bodily anxiety and trepidation are paired with fizzing and playful use of colour to create work that prods at the soft underbelly of the uncanny and grazes the softly stubbled cheek of contemporary masculinity.

Cartoonish bodily abstraction, wordplay, cropping as a compositional tool, and vulnerability are all given high precedence within the paintings, with scale being used to either intensify or undercut the imagery. Rarely is the full human figure depicted; the viewer is given a multiplicity of body parts across many paintings for them to assemble and disassemble the body as they so please. Myth and fiction play their role, but commonly shared experiences are the fundamental foundation for the work - a warped reflection caught in the bent mirror of a lift, faces glimpsed in peripheral vision during a late night walk, or the absurdity of a brain controlling a hand to paint a picture of a brain.

It is my brain and I will tell it what to believe and it will tell me what to tell it to believe.




The Studio Building
21 Evesham Street London W11 4AJ

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Latimer Road or Shepherd's Bush

Elephant Lab Residencies


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