Overlay Studio

Spelsbury Road


Chipping Norton

Oxon OX7 3LL



t     +44 1608 811997

e     ayyoartatgmail.com

w    www.ayyo-art.com


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 AYYO Contemporary Art, 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 AYYO gallery project space, or off-site if the artist wishes.


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