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ART PITCH residencies offer artists from the UK and abroad the opportunity to work at Overlay Studio in the peace of the lovely 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, this is a relaxed and nurturing environment within which to connect with nature and your creative self.

 

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 and may lead to future collaborative outcomes. Works made during the residency can be exhibited in the project space, by arrangement.

 

Residencies take place between May and October and can be of any duration from seven days to three weeks. Artists supply their materials. If an exhibition or event is agreed, artists pay for exhibition costs but COU COU hosts the events and provides support with marketing and promotion, (alongside own publicity), and invigilation. COU COU may ask resident artists to give talks or to take part in events engaging with the local community if appropriate.

 

Artists 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 stay on site and are responsible for 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.