Each year, AirSpace Gallery’s Graduate Residency Programme offers two new graduates a fantastic opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative artist-led space in Stoke-on-Trent, providing 6 months free studio space, ongoing professional development support, mentoring and guidance in those crucial first months out of higher education, and an end-of-residency solo exhibition.
Launched in 2012, now into its 6th year, we can point to direct benefits arising from the Residency. 2012 residents, Adam Gruning and Adam Kelly gained full-time teaching work and an MA place, respectively. 2013 resident, Chloe Ashley, maintained her studio at AirSpace and has just attained an MA place at the Royal College of Art. 2014 resident Naomi Harwin now has a studio at Wysing, is exhibiting widely, and was recently announced as AxisWeb’s Artist of the Month for March 2017. Emilie Atkinson followed her 2015/16 residency by joining AirSpace as an associate director, before moving to Liverpool’s Royal Standard as a studio holder.