As part of our 2018 programme, we are pleased to introduce new opportunities for artists, musicians and practitioners working with sound, art and music technology. The opportunity is focused on artistic development, and the successful applicant will be encouraged to explore their ideas, creative practice, and to develop their skills through connecting with and contributing to the Music Hackspace community. We encourage applications from practitioners using open source technologies and DIY methodologies, looking to build new instruments, installations and sound based works.

Residency timeline: 1 May 2018 – 31 July 2018
Application Deadline: 9am, 9 April 2018

The selected artist will spend time engaging with members of Music Hackspace, their projects, research, outreach work, and the existing Music Hackspace public programme at Somerset House Studios, organised around newly devised artist talks, meet-ups and workshops.

The selected artist will become a MHS member for a duration of 3 months (May-July 2018) with a fee and production budget of £1,000, with access to our facilities (tools, equipment and team resources), and programming opportunities in the MHS public programme. This can include:

Participating in the life of Music Hackspace through engagement with a broad spectrum of their work, including the development of new instruments, sensors and software for music production
Utilising Music Hackspace’s diverse resources and knowledge of engineering as a starting point for developing new works, performances or installations
Working closely over an extended period with the Music Hackspace to develop a context and potential platform for new work resulting from the partnership.

Music Hackspace is a platform for experimenting and interacting with sound and technology. We incorporate diverse methodologies and aim to create an open playground and exchange of ideas and sounds that embraces new and old technologies. Newly available open source platforms, both hardware and software, are granting far wider accessibility to new interactions with music and audio than have not been possible before. It’s with these technologies that we base our programme of workshops, artist talks and meetups, and hope to encourage people of all backgrounds and skill levels to create and engage with music in previously unrealised ways.

From 2017 to mid 2019, Music Hackspace is a resident of Somerset House Studios and over this time holds a studio space in the Studio’s vaults. Somerset House Studios is an experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies.

This artist development opportunity is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Selection Process
The artist will be selected on the basis of their application. Selection will be undertaken by Music Hackspace staff in collaboration with Somerset House Studios. The successful artist will be notified by Monday 16th April 2018. We may be in touch with applicants prior to this date if we have any questions or require any further information.

There is no application form but your application should submit the following as part of only one PDF file titled as your full name (e.g. ‘Full Name.pdf’):
Proposal for new work, project or production to be developed at Music Hackspace during the residency period (max 600 words)
Artist CV
 or links to previous work (max 5)
All applications are to be submitted via email to

Residency timeline: 1 May 2018 – 31 July 2018
Application Deadline: 9am, 9 April 2018