Artists' Spare Room at the Old Fire Station


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Artist Residency at the Old Fire Station

Eden Arts | Artists' Spare Room I Artist Residencies

Available: April 2024 - July 2024

Duration: 1 - 3 weeks (weekends optional)

We are no longer accepting expressions of interest for this round of the Artists' Spare Room.

Eden Arts is offering short artist residencies at our base, an old fire station in Penrith, Cumbria. We are keen to develop an exchange between the company and artists who wish to test, explore, develop or research their ideas/practice in a creative space amongst creative people. We take a very wide view of what art and art practice is….. visual, writer, digital, performer, juggler, you might even just be thinking, you may be an environmentalist, you may just wish to hang out with us…. we are open to all suggestions and will consider them by application. We've had filmmakers, choreographers, archeologists, photographers and many others join us in the past.

Penrith is ideally placed to explore the Lake District, the Eden Valley, the border city of Carlisle, the ‘energy coast’ of West Cumbria, themes of agriculture, land use, rurality, food production, the north, borders, boundaries, climate change, socially engaged practice, diversity, digital creative content, health and wellbeing, place and the impact culture and art has on it....

These are just examples of things we are interested in however, people are free to work on anything and use the spaces in any way they wish. There are no expectations that any particular work will be produced. The residency is there to further artists in their ongoing practice and development.

Eden Arts will freely give the space(s) and use of our kit: lighting kit, PA, projectors, staging; advice, support and engagement from all of our team; and free run of the building (except the bits that are in use for other purposes!)

We would ask a couple of things...

that the artist contribute at least one blog post during their stay to the Eden Arts website: here are a few previous blogs to give you an idea - Melissa Galley, Gavin McGregor, Lucas Chih-Peng Kao

and to engage the Eden Arts team in their practice in some way while they are resident in the building- this might be a little show and tell at the end of their stay or something more interactive. The more that you join in with us the better!!

These are interests of ours, it doesn't have to be yours:




relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

the Anthropocene period.

noun: Anthropocene

We recognise our responsibility in addressing climate change and while we were considering that we came to the realisation that the broader theme is the 'Anthropocene' and this should run through all that we do; commissioning, operations, programming, conferences and governance.



We are ALSO particularly committed to and interested in outdoor arts. So if you are an outdoor arts specialist we would welcome you.

We like CARNY, we are interested in how CARNY developed and became a way of life of touring sideshows. We wonder what the sideshow of the 21st Century should look like and we would love to host people working on sideshow work in our building.

If you don't know what this means give us a ring, happy to talk.

This project is part of the #66 project run by Eden Arts.


1 April - 31 July 2024

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The Space: A small ground floor studio approx 19m sq is available alongside the old engine bay (which can be used for large scale making, theatre rehearsal, experimental work or other performance practice). In addition, other rooms including the fire station’s mess, small meeting room, and reprographics room can be used. Wifi will be available to artists.

Easy to get to

We are just three hours by train from London Euston, less than 2hrs from Manchester and Glasgow, just off the M6 and A66


Although Penrith is well served with transport links it is a small and rural town on the outskirts of the Lake District National Park with a small number of bars, restaurants and other local amenities. The local public transport can be limited so please bear this in mind when planning your time at Eden Arts.


Eden Arts welcomes diversity and seeks to work with a range of artists and makers. Unfortunately, the space is not currently accessible to wheelchair users. The rooms are downstairs. Eden Arts will seek to support artists with disabilities where possible.


This is an unpaid residency (we are not currently funded to do this but working on it). The space and support are offered free to the artist and a per diem of up to £20 per day and travel expenses for one return journey will be paid. Accommodation can be provided free of charge with the director of Eden Arts, Adrian Lochhead, if required.

Eden Arts will also support artists wishing to submit funding applications in relation to this residency opportunity.

Find out more about Eden Arts go to For an informal chat please call Director, Adrian Lochhead on 01768 899444.


If you have any questions you can email

We are seeking artists from April 2024 to July 2024. Applications should be submitted by Monday 5th February 2024. If you have a proposal for a different time of year please get in touch to discuss.

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