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Kingsgate Workshops’ Residency Programme


Artists-in-residence are provided with a six month free studio, small stipend and professional support in creating a new body of work for a solo exhibition or similar at Kingsgate Project Space. This residency programme is aimed at artists at key stages in their career and encourages research, experimentation, critical discourse and production.  We are aware that exhibitions are not always the most helpful or valuable means of concluding a residency so we support artists in developing events, collaboration, intervention and non-gallery based outcomes as appropriate.


For more images and information on individual exhibitions please see our Past exhibitions page



Jennifer Martin | June 2019 to February 2020


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An underlying provocation of a call to relook threads through Martin's practice. A driving question of her recent artwork involves the role of art and media, more broadly, in the social and psychological construction of race and citizenship and its intersection with representation, agency, nostalgia, and identification. In working with performers for moving image, Martin employs a methodology of rehearsal, improvisation, and negotiation of narrative in unpacking character, language, and context.


Jennifer Martin (b 1990) is based in London, working with moving image, photography and installation. Her work operates in part as interventions and articulations of social-racial dynamics and lived experiences.

Martin is a graduate of the Royal College of Art (2018) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2013). Martin was awarded the Stuart Croft Foundation Education Award 2018 and is part of the FLAMIN Fellowship 2019. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Primary, Nottingham, UK (2019); Turf Projects, London, UK (2019); Cypher BILLBOARDS, London, UK (2019). Recent group exhibitions include Aesthetica Art Prize, York, UK (2019); arebyte Gallery, London, UK (2018); Lychee One Gallery, London, UK (2017); and Villa Iris, Fundación Botín, Santander, ES (2015). 

Image: Jennifer Martin, Meanwhile on Set..., moving image installation view, 2018, digital photography 

Ruth Waters | January to March 2020 



Ruth Waters works with film, sound, animation, text and installation. Her practice explores the ways late capitalist networked society impacts both our levels of anxiety and our ability to imagine an alternative.  She conducts extensive research for her projects, often online, where genres, time zones, generations, political struggles and reality TV exist simultaneously. Taking advantage of this open source material and its malleability; writing scripts and producing films which combine found footage with acted scenes. Her work offers critique of the murky emerging uncertainties of our digital era using dark humour and satire.  


Waters is an artist from Kendal, currently living and working in London. She holds an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. Recent shows include Frequency of Magic, 아웃사이트 out_sight, Seoul (2019); Push Your Luck, Island, Brussels (2019); All About You, Koppel Project Hive, London (2019); The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow (2018); White Shadows at Wumin Art Center, Cheongju (2018); Seep at Peer Gallery, London (2017), Cacotopia at Annka Kultys Gallery, London (2017) and Solopreneur at Kingsgate Project Space, London (2016).  She was the recipient of the Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award 2016 including a grant and a year residency at Acme Studios.

Image: Ruth Waters, Emotion Over Raisin, 15min Video Installation, 2019

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau | March to September 2020 

Life and Death, paint on tile, 30 x 30cm

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films. His work addresses ugliness and taste, negative affective states, and the ambiguities of language and objects. His current research interests include exploring the awkward aesthetic possibilities of medieval art through painting and digital animation, utilising culturally abject food and other materials to make sculpture, and understanding the formation of reactionary political sentiments through affect theory and performance.

As an Associate of Open School East, 2013- 2014, he founded The Bad Vibes Club, which is a forum for research into negative states, runs Radio Anti with Ross Jardine, and collaborates with Ben Jeans Houghton as the ARKA group. He lives and works in London.

Image: Matt de Kersaint Giraudeau, Life and Death, paint on tile, 20x30cm, 2017. Photo by Tim Bowditch

Previous residents



Leonie Nagel | August to September 2017 


The sirens of ST L. The meeting-point | 26 May – 23 June 2018

In the summer of 2017, Leonie Nagel became the first international artist to take part in Kingsgate Workshops’ studio residency programme.  The Sirens of St L: The meeting-point at Kingsgate Project Space was an exhibition of new works begun in London and developed in the intervening months between London and Berlin.

The exhibition was an unruly gathering of gurning and leering faces, casual gargoyles, all coming together to look at and return our gaze.  Leonie was able to create an ambitious and large scale tiled sculpture with the generous support from Rochester Square. 

Leonie Nagel (b. 1992) lives and works in Berlin. She is currently studying at HGB Leipzig under Peter Piller and studied as a guest under Josephine Pryde at Universität der Künste Berlin (2017). Recent exhibitions include; Letters and Numbers 3. off-season in St Leoni (solo), 8. Salon, Hamburg (2017), Suppose there´s right and wrong it´s probably right, W139, Amsterdam (2017), Rave, Ying Collosseum, West Germany, Berlin (2016), and Fine weather in St Leoni (solo), Galerie KUB, Leipzig (2015).

Harry Lawson | February 2016 to March 2017

Cave | 14 January - 18 February 2017


Cave was a new work for Kingsgate Project Space following Harry Lawson’s six month studio residency at Kingsgate Workshops. Harry built, curated and arranged a series of themed cabinets - Regular Rocks; Incoherent Material; Tainted Objects; Potential for Containment / Transportive Objects; Deep Time. These allowed wonder and horror to charge mixed feelings of doubt, connection and the pursuit of significance.  Unlike more pedagogic displays, it offered a moment of stillness within a great and unstoppable flux of time and space.


The exhibition was inspired by an event hosted by Harry three months before the show where a conversation event took place around a sculpture of a camp fire led by Jack Tan. During Cave Harry also created an event which subtly reframed the display of works by playing a selection of records in the space.


Harry Lawson (b.1985, Hereford, UK) graduated in 2013 with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London and previously attended John Moores University, Liverpool (2007). Recent exhibitions include; Remote Future, Remote Past, Apartment Projects, London, 2014 (solo show), and I see I don’t see Lewisham Arthouse, London, 2014. Harry also completed The Bothy Project residency at Aviemore, Scotland in 2013.



Francesca Ulivi | February - August 2016


Francesca works predominantly in the field of sculpture and video. Francesca's films, often shot in people's homes, take a quizzical interest in modes of etiquette and the emotional and physical attachment to objects. She often invites people to take part in activities or scenarios where the instinct of play can offer a freedom. Last month, Francesca was invited to take part in House of Ferment at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, where she lead a demonstration workshop on how make rare non-alcoholic fermented drinks. 


During her reisdency at Kingsgate, Francesca spent time attending various classes and groups at nearby Kingsgate Community Centre. After a number of weeks she offered to work with a group of elder ladies, asking them what they wanted to do with her. She created a painting group, sharing traditonal skills (learned in a classical Italian art education) and encourgaing experimentation and conversation. It was not approporiate to make an exhibition from this project, so instead regular meeting sessions created and hosted by Francesca functioned as the exhibition. 


Francesca Ulivi (b.1990, Italy) graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (USA) and obtained an MA Fine Art degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2014). Recent exhibitions include: House of Ferment, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2016, Chelsea10, Cookhouse Gallery, London, 2015 and Venula,ae, 91 Peckham High Street, London, 2015.


Rob Crosse | September 2015 - March 2016

Clear as a bell | 2 April - 7 May 2016



Rob Crosse developed a new video work - Clear as a bell for his solo show at Kingsgate Project Space. Rob secured additional Arts Council England funding for this project. This allowed him to explore new ways of working, providing an opportunity to direct his own production team, and work with the National Railway Musuem in York. 


In Case of Death, a text by poet David Nash was commissioned on the occassion of Clear as a bell and accompanied the exhibition.


Rob hosted two events during the exhibition run. The first was a film screening followed by discussion led by writer, academic and artist Dr Chantal Faust. The second an afternoon of performance where Noah Angell performed a new work a train going through the valley didn't wake him, but only entered his dream and David Nash did a reading from his text In Case of Death. 


Rob Crosse lives and works in London. He graduated with an MFA from the Slade school of Fine Art in 2012. Recent exhibitions include Family Politics, Jerwood, London, 2013, New Perspectives, Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar, 2013 and 21st Century, Chisenhale, London, 2012. Crosse recently completed a residency at the Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.


Victoria Adam | July - December 2015

middens ❧ | 21 November 2015 - 16 January 2016



Victoria Adam was selected for our Materials residency which focussed on clay and ceramics. middens ❧ was Victoria’s first solo show in London and presented her with the chance to explore and test new media and methods and how they might extend her practice.


Nacre a text written by Gareth Bell-Jones, was commissioned on the occasion of middens ❧ and accompanied the exhibition. Gareth's intimate and humourous account of an ant army taking over his flat highlighted the unheimlich quality of Victoria's sculptural arrangements. 


The show closed with the event With regards to Anne who is not happy... where artists, curators and writers Susanna Davies-Crook, Gareth Bell-Jones, Pascale Cumming-Benson, Alice Hattrick and William Tullett considered scent, cleanliness and commercialism in relation to Victoria's research and work.


Victoria was interviewed by Jonathan Stubbs in the Royal Academy Schools Patrons' newsletter, Autumn 2015 and middens ❧ featured in Art Licks Issue 18, 2016. 


Victoria Adam (b. 1983, Somerset) graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in 2015 and previously attended the Slade. Recent exhibitions include;  ( ゜_゜)彡 at Caustic Coastal, Manchester, 2014, Chalk Blush at Kinman, London, 2014 and Amsterdam Art Weekend at Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, 2015.



Maia Conran | May - October 2015 

This island, and its buildings, is our private paradise | 19 September - 24 October 2015



This island, and its buildings, is our private paradise was Maia Conran’s first solo exhibition in London. Kingsgate Project Space became the island of the exhibition’s title through a process of breaking down and partial reconstruction of the materials, mechanics and structures of filmmaking. Key elements in a film’s pre-production – the screenplay, the lookbook, the set – all remained present and open to the possibilities of revision and reinterpretation within the gallery space.


During the residency, Maia worked with novelist Yannick Hill to write a screenplay which centred around a lone islander. She also worked with actor Clare Barrett to create a performance that created a temporary space to encounter an alternate version of the island.


Kingsgate Workshops hosted an in-conversation event between Maia and independent curator and freelance writer and art critic, Chris Fite-Wassilak, to discuss the research, processes and outcomes of the residency. The exhibition was reviewed by Helena Haimes for thisistomorrow


Maia Conran lives and works in London. She graduated from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2010. She has recently exhibited at Grand Union, Birmingham; Phoenix Gallery, Exeter; and IMT Gallery, London; she has also been selected for national and international group exhibitions. Her work was published on DVD by Filmarmalade in 2012 and was the subject of a monograph entitled Here is the Yard  published by Grand Union in 2014. Maia is a member of The Disembodied Voice research group.



Lauren Godfrey | March - August 2015


Entrée, Stage Left | 6th June - 19th July 2015



Entrée, Stage Left was Lauren Godfrey’s first solo exhibition in London. Her residency focused on creating works that contemplate the space between theatre and restaurant culture. Influenced by a quote from British writer and food critic AA Gill -  “A menu is a script, a recipe a scene” - Lauren’s exhibition incorporated objects, text and performance; addressing the slippage between the visual and the verbal. On the opening of the show, Lauren commissioned dancer Aisling Cook to perform three different sculptural configurations within the space, much like a three-act play or a three-course meal.


Kingsgate Workshops hosted an in-conversation event between Lauren and artist Anthea Hamilton, with an introductory reading from Susannah Worth. The exhibition featured in's “Critics' Picks” section, reviewed by Andrew Witt, July 2015.


Lauren Godfrey (b.1989, UK) lives and works in London. She graduated from BA at Slade School of Fine Art in 2012 and has exhibited across the UK, Italy, Australia and the USA in exhibitions including; Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2012 and Stovies, Scallops and Scabby Man’s Heads at An Tobar Gallery on the Isle of Mull, 2014. She also co-publishes the periodical, Her Eyes and My Voice with Connie Butler. 

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