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 27 January for two residencies in May and June 2019. There is no charge to make an application. Click below to request further information and an application form:


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Current Residency

Emmely Elgersma

7 January – 1 February 2019

Open Studio 31 January - 5-8pm 

Training as a ceramicist, a key part of my practice is exploring what vessels mean to us as human beings and the importance of their history. With my pots and vases I use papier mache and recycled plastic materials to transform them into something beautiful. I have been experimenting with recycling clay and using heavy- duty varnishes to set them as opposed to firing in a kiln. At Elephant lab I intend to experiment with varnishes and paints that contradict usual ceramic guidelines and push the rules to achieve weird and unexpected results.


Cynthia Cruz

7 January – 1 February 2019

Open Studio 31 January - 5-8pm 

My paintings are not planned or pre-sketched; they are created by a process of layering and removing paint repeatedly then creating patterns influenced by Science Fiction imagery. As I build layers the imagery starts coming together. I then add characters or organic forms to interact with the environment I made for them. I have a 2-person exhibition coming up in March 1st 2019 and intend to make new paintings for this exhibition.



The Studio Building
21 Evesham Street London W11 4AJ

Closest Station
Latimer Road or Shepherd's Bush


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