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Leach 100 Residencies: International Open Call

To celebrate its centenary, the Leach Pottery is hosting a number of international residents. This call is for 2 international residencies with a value of up to £6,000 each, plus 10 weeks FREE on-site accommodation.

In 1920 Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada collaborated to establish a pottery studio that forged new connections across countries and traditions, broke fresh ground and repositioned the importance of pottery in our culture. A century later, their project is still going strong and the values and passion the two men brought to the art form remain at the heart of the Leach Pottery today.

We are offering potters the opportunity to help us celebrate these values and explore how pottery and ceramics have a vital and illuminating role to play in our contemporary world.

Residency Information & Fees
This is a unique opportunity to work at the Leach Pottery and respond to the site, its history and collections, its staff and visitors, and to push your work in a new direction. You will develop a new body of work to reflect the centenary that will be exhibited as a part of the Leach 100 celebrations at the end of 2020 – a creative finale.

We are welcoming applicants from around the world: the Leach Pottery’s tradition means that we are actively looking to develop our international diaspora of contacts. Applicants are expected to have either a professional grounding and/or be self-sufficient in their practice.

Residency Dates

  • Summer Residency: 18 May – 31 July 2020
  • Autumn Residency: 1 September – 13 November 2020.

Financial Support

  • a Bursary of £5,000
  • FREE on-site accommodation
  • a travel fund – up to £1,000
  • joint exhibition in the Leach Pottery Reception Gallery.


If you would like to apply for one of our international residencies, valued up to £6,000, please complete the application form provided below and email your submission to our Administrator, Margaret Please mark your email LEACH 100 Residency.

Residency Information & Application Form:

Leach 100 Residency Call
Leach 100 Residency Application Form (pdf)
Leach 100 Residency Application Form (word)

If you have any questions about any aspect of the process, please email our Residency Coordinator, Kat Wheeler or phone the Leach Office 01736 799703. (There is also information on Leach Pottery’s website.)

Deadline for submissions is 6 March 2020 at midnight

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