Residencies at Elephant Lab

Elephant Lab Digital Residency

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, encouraging experimentation and collaboration to investigate the correlation between life and art.

Elephant Lab Digital Residency programme is open to all artists practicing painting and drawing. This is the opportunity to push and experiment with premium art materials from supporting Fine Art brands Winsor & Newton and Liquitex. Practising artists are invited to make proposals for a one month digital residency with Elephant Lab. Here is an environment where artists can investigate and innovate with materials supplied by the fine art brands, supported by on the Elephant team. All proposals should have one or more of the following attributes:


  • Experimental
  • Innovative
  • Collaborative


Selection Process

Proposals are reviewed quarterly in February, May, August and November. Shortlisted artists will be interviewed on Zoom and successful applicants will receive £1000 RRP worth of premium art materials, one on one mentoring, crits with art professionals and a social media showcase.

Who Can Apply

All UK based practising artists in painting and drawing with their own studio are welcome to apply. We will also consider applications from Europe, local terms and conditions will apply. We charge £15 administration fee for all applications and the deadline to apply for the August residency is Sunday 27th June.

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Recent Residencies:

Anika Roach

May 2021

Digital Open Studio 28th May

My current work seeks to broaden existing narratives around the paintings of black people. As well as challenge the social and political weight that often overwhelms and overshadows the uniqueness of the black experience. Through humour and moments of absurdity, such a figures wearing polka dots thongs, or a semi nude figure riding a bike I hope not to diminish the inherent and necessary conversations attach to painting the black figure but to offer alternative narratives and discourses.

Gabriela Giroletti

February 2021

Digital Open Studio 28th February

I make oil paintings that are large in scale and that have a very immersive quality, not only surface. Painting is a way of exploring the world around me and of using my imagination and sense smallest and biggest of details. I am also interested, on a more conceptual level, in tensions and binaries and where things simple and complex, abstract and figurative, painting and drawing, micro and macro, lands on. I like playing with these opposing values in my work, giving it an ambiguous aura that a depending to the viewer’s lived experience.

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