Artists Spare Room at the Old Fire Station


More Info and How to Apply Lucas Kao - Mon 14th - Fri 18th Jan

Artist Residency at the Old Fire Station

Eden Arts | Artists Spare Room I Artist Residencies

Available: January - March 2019

Duration: 1 - 6 weeks (weekends optional)

Eden Arts are offering short artist residencies at our base, an old fire station in Penrith, Cumbria. We are keen to develop an exchange between the company and artists who wish to test, explore, develop or research their ideas/practice in a creative space amongst creative people. We take a very wide view of what art and art practice is….. visual, writer, digital, performer, juggler, you might even just be thinking, you may be an environmentalist, you may just wish to hang out with us…. we are open to all suggestions and will consider them by application.

Penrith is ideally placed to explore the Lake District, the Eden Valley, the border city of Carlisle, the ‘energy coast’ of West Cumbria, themes of agriculture, land use, rurality, food production, the north, borders, boundaries, climate change, socially engaged practice, diversity, digital creative content, health and wellbeing, place and the impact of culture and art on it....

These are just examples of things we are interested in however, people are free to work on anything and use the spaces in any way they wish. There are no expectations that any particular work will be produced. The residency is there to further artists in their ongoing practice.

Eden Arts will freely give the space(s) and use of our kit: lighting kit, PA, projectors, staging; advice and support and engagement from all of our team; and free run of the building (except the bits that are in use for other purposes!).

We would ask a couple of things... that the artist contribute at least one blog post during their stay to the Eden Arts website: and join us at our communal vegan lunch made by one of our artists/team every Tuesday. The more that you join in with us the better. (smiley face emoticon)!!

This is an interest of ours, it doesn't have to be yours:




  1. relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.
    • the Anthropocene period.
    • noun: Anthropocene

We recognise our responsibility in addressing climate change and while we were considering that we came to the realisation that the broader theme is the 'anthropocene' and this should run through all that we do; commissioning, operations, programming, conferences and governance.


30 November 2018 - 31 March 2019

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The Space: A small ground floor studio approx 19m sq is available alongside the old engine bay (which can be used for large scale making, theatre rehearsal, experimental work or other performance practice). In addition, other rooms including the fire station’s mess, small meeting room, and reprographics room can be used. Wifi will be available to artists.

Easy to get to

We are just three hours by train from London Euston, less than 2hrs from Manchester and Glasgow, just off the M6 and A66.


Eden Arts welcomes diversity and seeks to work with a range of artists and makers. Unfortunately the space is not currently accessible to wheelchair users. The rooms are downstairs. Eden Arts will seek to support artists with disabilities where possible.


This is an unpaid residency (we are not currently funded to do this but working on it). The space and support are offered free to the artist and a per diem of £20 per day and travel expenses for one return journey will be paid. Accommodation can be provided free of charge if required.

Eden Arts will also support artists wishing to submit funding applications in relation to this residency opportunity.

Find out more about Eden Arts go to For an informal chat please call Director, Adrian Lochhead on 01768 899444.

How to apply

Please email with a CV, a brief description of what you plan on working on during the residency, why you are interested in an exchange with Eden Arts and how long you would like to be resident for (1 week min - 6 weeks max)

We are seeking artists from January to March 2019 so please apply by 19th Dec 2018. If you have a proposal for later in the year please get in touch to discuss.

Lucas Kao is an award winning short film director based in Edinburgh, Scotland, currently developing a slate of short films and writing a feature film, Goodbye Eli.

He was born and raised in Taiwan in 1984 and moved to U.K in 2000, and after graduating from a BSc degree in Pharmacology at University of Edinburgh, he decided to pursue Photography which later leads to Filmmaking.

He learned as a filmmaker by making, through taking professional screenwriting and directing workshops, working on friend’s project, reading, writing, and watching lots of films. He is inspired by a lot of European filmmakers, Claire Denis, Lynn Ramsay, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Theo Angelopoulos, Carl Dreyer, the list goes on and on.

Join Lucas Kao in a free workshop based on writing and movement.

Tuesday 15th Jan
Wednesday 16th Jan
Thursday 17th Jan
10am - 12 noon

Between 10-11, the focus will be on writing, using exercises from “The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron and "Learning by Heart" by Corita Kent, as a way to start the day and unblock and write as individual and as a group. Feel free to bring any creative material/ideas you are working on with you.

Between 11-12, the focus will be on body entered movement based exercise drawn from Butoh, Ritual Theatre, Physical Theatre and Dance, as a taster for these disciplines. No prior experience needed as long you are ready to move, please wear comfortable cloth to move in.

Both sessions are open for all and everyone is welcome, no prior experience of movement and dance required. Please email if you are planning to attend.

Lucas Kao is a Taiwanese artists and filmmaker based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Find out more about his work here

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