The Residency Programme at Royal Museums Greenwich provides an exciting, collaborative platform for practitioners of all mediums to explore, interrogate and to bring to life the collections.

Home to more than 2.5 million items, from historical art and navigational instruments to films and uniforms, Royal Museums Greenwich’s collections provide a wealth of creative inspiration for artists to uncover.

Colourful paper boats in shelves

What does the residency involve?

Running from six months to a year, the residency gives creatives an opportunity to develop and push the boundaries of their practice.

Working in a designated area of the site, the practitioners will work closely with curatorial and museum staff to generate new insights and interpretations of the collections.

Public engagement is an integral part of the residency, and creatives are encouraged to run workshops and events or give talks and performances to engage new and existing audiences with their work and Royal Museums Greenwich’s collections.

As part of the residency, creatives will also work closely with our youth programme. This could involve helping with the Saturday Art Club, running coaching and mentoring sessions, contributing to the summer Youth Takeover or offering portfolio development and advice.

Get inspired

We encourage practitioners to take risks and innovate – whether that’s discovering new connections, drawing out and bringing to the fore hidden or underrepresented histories or critiquing the museum’s narrative through creative practice.

From curating displays to recording albums, have a look at some of the projects created by our artists.

Open Call: Retelling Windrush Residency

This is an opportunity for a collaborative practitioner to work creatively with the maritime themes connected to the experiences of the Windrush generation in Britain and the Caribbean, as part of a project with the National Maritime Museum and the National Windrush Museum.

The resident will work with the collections of the National Maritime Museum, descendants of the Windrush Generation and experiment with approaches to sharing these stories.

The successful applicant will be resident in The Studio at the National Maritime Museum between November 2023 and March 2024 to undertake a journey of creative research, develop their practice and engage with visitors and staff through responses.

Residency duration: November 2023 - March 2024

Fee: £4,000 and £500 for materials

Deadline for proposals: Midnight, Friday 10 November

For more information about the residency, and how to apply, click on the PDF below:

Image of artist Niamh Hannaford

Meet our current practitioner in residence

Niamh Hannaford is an Irish visual artist whose practice encompasses painting, installation, performance and writing. Her practice is colourful, playful and tactile.

She is Royal Museums Greenwich's practitioner in residence for the Season of Play (summer 2023).

Look at artworks created by our practitioners in residence

An image showing 'Stefanie Posavec'
An image showing 'Stefanie Posavec with her artwork 'Passing Ships''
An image showing 'Artist Nicole Mollett at work'
An image showing 'Paddy Hartley'
An image showing 'Yeo Tetraptych by Paddy Hartley'
An image showing 'Yeo Gown by Paddy Hartley'
An image showing 'Artist Paddy Hartley at work'
An image showing ''Migration stories' by Sophie Herxheimer'
An image showing ''Message to a migrant''
An image showing 'RETHINK Gallery'

Seaspeak by Joe Danks

Passing Ships: a celebration of the visitor fleet by Stefanie Posavec