The Mothership – artist residencies in West Dorset

Cost: Free

Organiser: Anna Best

Applications open: 17.02.20 – 01.03.20

The Mothership is run by artist Anna Best and offers time and space to artists, without an external agenda or pressure to produce. It began as a social art project, exploring exchange between host, community and guest, and an experiment in how to operate a residency with minimum means.

Residents have access to pasture and ancient woodland, designated as sites of Special Scientific Interest, and a geologically famous coast a few miles away. There is potential for collaboration and exchange with artists based in the Bridport area and locally in the South West region.

Since 2016, The Mothership has invited over 60 contemporary artists, including Bristol-based theatre ensemble The Wardrobe Ensemble. For more information please see the Mothership blog –

In 2020, there are 3 residency opportunities – each of which will be a minimum of 3 weeks  – which are offered without cost and will be awarded by a selection panel in March.

Interested artists are invited to explore the provocation  – ‘RETREAT!

Why do we need to retreat and what are we retreating from? From battle? Taking a break? Are we exploring the borders of individualism/self sufficiency and if so what might we then encounter?’
Residencies take place between the following periods:
April 20th – May 20th
June 1st – July 15th
September 7th – October 21st
Nov 2nd – Dec 16th
For a period of at least 3 weeks.For more information and how to apply, please visit the website.
Applications accepted Feb 17th – March 1st 2020.


The Mothership, Copse Barn, Wytherston, Dorset



Contact Details

Anna Best

Opportunity title: The Mothership – artist residencies in West Dorset
Expiry Date: 2020-03-01T00:00:00+00:00