A Contemporary Take On Arts & Crafts

William Morris wallpaper in the Library at Speke Hall

To celebrate Speke's Arts & Crafts heritage, we are offering a two month residency in June and July for a contemporary artist. The Hall might look Tudor on the outside but it has an unexpectedly Victorian twist on the inside. Its corridors are lined with original William Morris wallpapers and its history is rich with artistic characters. Did you know that Rossetti was banned from staying at Speke after one scandalous 'sleepwalking' incident, or that the painting of Whistler's mother was first hung here?

For the first time since Frederick Leyland's tenancy in the 1870s, Speke Hall will be a patron of the arts, commissioning and celebrating vibrant new artwork. We're looking for a resident maker with an interest in the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement who will use the residency as the basis for inspiration to develop new work in response to Speke Hall.

This great opportunity will allow the successful artist to explore Speke's unique collection, history and environment and discover hidden gems within the archive and storerooms as well as engaging with our visitors and volunteers. It will culminate in a presentation of new work at Speke Hall in Autumn 2016. 

Interested? You can download the information pack here to discover further details of what's involved and how to apply.