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Our arts programme: BLOC (Building Libraries on Creativity)

Young Artists’ BLOC LAB October 2021

A paid, week-long, mixed media residency in Lowestoft for artists aged 18-25. Develop your practice and build the skills you’ll need to navigate the cultural sector.

Applications for the BLOC LAB have now closed.

Build your skills with our BLOC LAB

We are inviting local artists aged 18-25 to get involved with a creative, week-long mixed media residency taking place 18-22 October 2021.

Artists will use Lowestoft Library as a workspace to develop their practice as a community artist or practitioner, exploring the role creativity plays as a catalyst for nurturing confidence and wellbeing within the community.

We will provide support throughout the week, allowing artists to build the skills necessary to navigate the cultural sector and create sustainable working practices.

There are eight places available for this paid residency. Artists will receive a fee of £650 (5 days @ £130 per day), with lunch and travel expenses provided.

What the LAB will provide

We will provide artists with:

  • Inspiring workshops with invited guest speakers and artists
  • One-to-one advice
  • A space to develop current work or begin a new project
  • Working and social time with peers for discussions and exchanges of ideas
  • Tools to run your creative practice as a business


  • Focused time for the development of current and new ideas/projects
  • Working collaboratively with libraries and their communities as a test bed for new ideas
  • Support for mental health and wellbeing in creative industries
  • A greater understanding of operating successfully in the creative sector

Criteria for application

This LAB is open to Suffolk-based artists working in any creative discipline, including music, technology, paint, film, writing, theatre, dance, and installations.

  • Applicants must be aged 18-25
  • Applicants must commit to the full week's residency, including evenings
  • A proven commitment to their discipline, either through a portfolio of work or relevant course, qualifications, or awards
  • Living and/or working regularly in Suffolk