ART PITCH residencies offer artists from the UK and abroad the opportunity to work at Overlay Studio in the peace of the Cotswolds countryside near to Oxford. The residencies are hosted by British artist, curator and Director of COU COU (formerly AYYO Contemporary) Clare Carswell MA(RCA), and are offered to artists for reflective time and research. There is no required outcome, although works made during the residency can be exhibited in the project space, or off-site by arrangement.


Residencies are self-directed and artists can be as solitary as they wish, although dialogue with other artists by arrangement, can be a valuable part of time spent at the studio. Collaborations between the resident artist and artists working in the area are supported and may lead to future collaborative outcomes. Residencies can take place between May and October and can be of any duration from five days to two weeks. Artists supply their materials and pay for exhibition costs but COU COU provides support with marketing and promotion, (alongside own publicity), and invigilation if required. COU COU may ask resident artists to give talks or to take part in events engaging with the community.


Artists can stay on the small and well equipped campsite beside the studio that overlooks the Evenlode Valley and have 24 hour access to the studio. Artists pay campsite fees at a reduced daily rate if they choose to stay on site and are responsible for booking and paying for their campsite stay directly with Cotswolds Camping. If preferred there are plenty of B&B in the area.


There is ample parking and a studio bicycle that artists can use. Oxford and London are both within easy reach by train. There are lovely walks in the ancient landscape surrounding the studio; the area is rich in megaliths and standing stones, including the Rollright Stones. Stonehenge, Bath and Avebury are within striking distance. Local shops, pubs and cafés are within walking distance of the studio.


With thanks to Cotswolds Camping for their support.