Residencies at Elephant Lab

Elephant believes that visual thinking triggers societal thinking. In the spirit of this belief, we have established Elephant Lab; 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 new 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 offered 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 free of charge. Overseas artists are welcome to apply but there is no provision for transport or accommodation.


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 28 July for two residencies in October and November 2019. There is no charge to make an application. Click below to request further information and an application form:


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Upcoming Residencies

Julia Gruner

6–31 May 2019

Open Studio 30 May - 5–8pm 

I experiment with specific characteristics of paint, particularly the possibilities of paint as a three-dimensional medium and the plastic-like properties acrylic paint has. During the residency I will be researching  the chemical characteristics of paint in collaboration with the I&D lab chemists; looking at behaviours in different temperatures or humidity, combinations of repelling ingredients such as water and oil, flexibility and durability, and so on. As a result I would like to make a series of “paintings” that have their origin in the results of the test series and my new knowledge of paint.



Sooyoung Chung

3–28 June 2019

Open Studio 27 June - 5–8pm

I explore myself and others through the everyday spaces and mundane objects of people who live in contemporary life. A space contains intimate details about personal taste; the objects in it allude to a person without their actual physical presence. Furthermore, it reflects the identity of the community they belong to. Painting a space filled with someone’s autobiographical objects is like a portrait of him or her and also a community.


The Studio Building
21 Evesham Street London W11 4AJ

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Latimer Road or Shepherd's Bush


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