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Artists in Residence 2022-23

A 10 month artist-led programme to develop an ambitious creative project, with a showcase for the project at Sage Gateshead.


Applications are now closed. There will be another open call next year – if you’d like a reminder nearer the time, or to hear about other upcoming opportunities for artists, sign up to our newsletter by emailing [email protected]

We are looking for 4 artists across a range of genres who are among the most exciting artists in the North East of England. The artists must be at an important point in their career where this project will open up new possibilities and move their work forward. We are interested in project ideas that focus on climate change or use digital technology but we are also open to other ideas.

The programme runs from September to June. You will lead the project with support from our team, you can decide what to do with the time and money available to create the final performance or digital project.


❓ Check out the answers to some frequently asked questions here.

🔊 Hear some of the 2021-22 Artists in Residence talking about their experiences here.

The package includes:

  • £3000 creative support grant as a contribution towards your time
    The time you put in to your project is up to you, and we will provide guidance to help work this out.  For example, it could be 2 days per month.
  • £500 for creative development (e.g. 1 to 1 creative support, tuition, mentoring)
  • £750 for buying music equipment
  • Residential retreat to work on your project away from the distractions of everyday life (the week-long retreat will be different for each artist. Some examples are a writing retreat for 4-5 days, Airbnb stay in a rural area or place of inspiration. There is a separate budget for this part of the programme and details for the residential will be worked out with each individual artist once they start.
  • Access to the rehearsal spaces at Sage Gateshead (e.g. 1 to 2 days a week or on an ad hoc basis)
  • Concert at Sage Gateshead to showcase the project at the end of the residency
  • Video footage of the final project for promotional use
  • Access to advice and contacts from our team
  • Access to wellbeing support – GP clinics especially for performers
  • Additional money is available for access costs if needed, see below

During the 10 months as an Artist in Residence we may ask you to send updates on your project to use online (e.g. short videos, a blog post) . We may also ask you to act as an ambassador for Sage Gateshead in media interviews.

We have put together a suggested timeline of what a 10-month residency with us at Sage Gateshead would look like. This is to give you an idea on how much time might be needed for each phase of the project. Please note this is just a guide. Download the document here.

We are looking for artists who are:

  • Based in the North East
  • Writing your own music in any genre
  • A working musician: earning money from your original music for around 3 years. Music does not have to be your full time job, but we are looking for artists who can manage their own time, push their projects forward and are at the right point in their journey for this level of support. ‘Earning money from your original music’ could be through live performances, paid commissions, writing, releases etc.
  • Applying as an individual not as a group. Your project can involve other musicians, but they will only be paid a fee for the final performance
  • Have some experience of leading your own projects
  • Over 18
  • Not a previous Artist in Residence at Sage Gateshead

We recognise that some communities have not been represented in our previous work. We want to make sure this opportunity is available to everyone, no matter what your background or the challenges you have faced. For example, we would love to hear from you if you:

  • Are Deaf, have a disability, learning difficulty or significant long-term health condition which affects your daily life
  • Describe yourself as neurodivergent (this might include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autistic spectrum, Tourette’s syndrome and others)
  • Consider yourself to be from a working class background
  • Received free school meals in secondary school
  • Grew up in a family receiving Universal Credit or state benefits
  • Have ever lived in council or social housing, been on the housing register
  • Have ever lived in sheltered accommodation or experienced homelessness
  • Attended a state-run school and were the first generation in your family to attend university
  • Experienced being in care at any point
  • Were a young parent or young carer
  • Have been a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Are from the African, South, East and South-East Asian, Middle East, Latinx or North African diaspora, or have experienced racism

These are some common examples of challenging circumstances but there may be others.

Sage Gateshead is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner in association with Youth Music. Find out more here.
Sage Gateshead is a signatory to Sound and Music’s Fair Access Principles.

Meet Sage Gateshead’s Artists in Residence 2021-22

Sage Gateshead’s 2021-22 Artists in Residence started in September 2021; Martha Hill, Beccy Owen, Hannabiell Sanders and Sågaboi. They have worked on ambitious projects that have culminated in new recordings and productions in 2022.

The artists were chosen from an impressive range of applicants from across the region who answered a call out looking for four of the most exciting artists in the North East. As residents at Sage Gateshead for 10 months, each of the selected artists are at a pivotal moment in their career, with the venue supporting them to develop an ambitious creative project that will take them in a new direction.

As an Artist in Residence, they have access to funding, investment in a creative project of their choosing, a residential retreat, rehearsal space, one to one advice and support, and a concert at Sage Gateshead at the end of the residency.

Read more about each of the artists below. We continue to share work, interviews and updates from each of them via our website and social media channels throughout their residency.

Upcoming gigs:

Sage Gateshead is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner supported by PPL and