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Three people talking to each other through glass© Lisa Hermsdorf

Past Residencies

Taking up a residency can be one of the most inspiring and rewarding opportunities for cultural practitioners and artists. Our residency programmes focus on professional development, artistic exchange and facilitating artistic research and processes. We believe conceptualising and making new work in a different location and context nurtures creative thinking, promotes experimentation and offers new perspectives. Often offering opportunities to collaborative with others, residencies allow artists’ practices to thrive and unfold. We work across forms including dance, visual arts, music, technology, theatre, journalism and more.

Here you can find out about our previous residencies. 

Street art by Banksy: a man on a ladder chiselling away at one of the stars on the European flag. © dullhunk

Residency Programme: Journalism/Writing
(Re-)Collecting Europe

This residency invites two journalists from European countries to investigate, question, debate and reflect on the impact of Brexit on the British civil society.


An artwork consisting of a colourful model paper city, with miniature houses and buildings © 2021-Present Charles Young

Nordic Leipzig

February marks the start of this year’s Spinnerei residency, Goethe-Institut’s collaboration with Leipzig International Art Programme to bring together artists from Scotland, Scandinavia and Germany.

Cartoon of Generation A © Lena Ziyal

Art and Technology
Generation A Residency

With the AI Residency Programme we aim to initiate both a dialogue between art and technology and a dialogue reaching beyond the borders of European countries. The programme aims to promote artistic access to developments in the field of artificial intelligence.

A photo of Nurcan Kaya Nurcan Kaya

Literature Residency 2022
Nurcan Kaya

From May to August 2022, we were delighted to welcome writer, lawyer, and human rights defender, Nurcan Kaya to the Goethe-Institut London for a Literature Residency in collaboration with English Pen.

New Forms of Togetherness © studio Nüssli+Nuessli

Digital Residencies
New Forms of Togetherness

Consisting of three online artist residencies, this programme generates an interdisciplinary discourse between artists and partners around the topic of Artificial Intelligence.

The exterior of the Gasworks gallery Gasworks

Goethe/Gasworks Residency Introduction

The joint residency programme offered emerging and mid-career artists to live and work in London, providing an environment that encouraged experimentation, critical discourse and the exchange of ideas through practice. 

Close-up image of a knitted pullover with a red spiral and a yellow and blue zig-zag pattern © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Visual Art/Design
Goethe V&A Residency

Selected artists work with the V&A’s collection exploring a particular topic in this design residency of two to six months.

Freeze frame of an artistically stylised moving image collage: a ball with red circles and a man's face © Luther Price

Film/Moving Image
Goethe@LUX Residency

This three-month long residency offers artists working with the moving image to investigate LUX’s collection in London and Glasgow.


An image of the outside of the Delfina building Pari Naderi. Courtesy Delfina Foundation

Contemporary Art
Delfina Residency

The Goethe-Institut London and Delfina Foundation offer residencies in collaboration. Their joint residency programmes have different curatorial foci on contemporary art and everyday life. 

Goethe/SPACE Residency © Clara Jo

Digital Technologies
Goethe/SPACE Residenz

Since its inception in 2013, the collaboration between the Goethe-Institut London and SPACE supports artists and projects who explore the critical application of emerging technologies and digitalisation. 

Staircase at Goethe-Institut London with overlaid Youtube logo © Goethe-Institut London

Get up close

Find out more about our previous artists in residence and their practice in our selection of video interviews.