Fashion Design Residency at Stratford Studios Alongside Support from Mentor Ciara Monahan

Opportunity Closing Date: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 15:00


Bow Arts have an exciting opportunity for a bright and energetic fashion graduate to join the community at Stratford Studios!

From the beginning of January 2020 to June 2020, we will be running a residency that allows a graduate fashion designer to have access to a free self-contained studio space in Stratford for 6 months. Alongside this, there will be support from mentor Ciara Monahan, and opportunities to develop professional skills and gain experience assisting a fashion and headwear designer.

Bow Arts launched a residency programme in 2018 for 3 graduates following a series of professional development talks we delivered across arts universities in London. This year we are continuing the initiative, with an exciting opportunity for an aspiring fashion designer. The aim is to kick start a young artist’s career in the arts and help them expand their practice. Previous residency artists have gone on to develop lasting relationships with their mentors and Bow Arts.

To be eligible for this opportunity, candidates must have graduated between 2016 – 2019.

The candidate for this residency should also be:

  • Interested in creating a collection
  • Interested in millinery
  • Have a good eye for colour
  • Outgoing, friendly, resourceful and a good collaborator
  • Looking to develop an application/proposal for further opportunities beyond the residency
  • Skilled in email marketing and social media
  • Skilled in sewing 

Illustrative areas for support:

Over the duration of the residency, the mentor will provide:

  • Website, CV and portfolio feedback
  • Discussion on which opportunities would be good to apply for
  • Feedback on an application or proposal towards the end of the mentorship (such as for an open call, residency or job etc)

Some or all of this support may be remotely rather than in person, and we expect this to be the equivalent of no less than 4 days of mentoring time (additional time by agreement between graduate artist and mentor).

The above is in exchange for voluntary work experience where the graduate artist will provide:

  • Assistance with marketing such as newsletters, blogs, social media for the artist 
  • Assistance with specific projects - whether this be working as a research assistant or technician

The first meeting between the mentor and mentee will be facilitated by Bow Arts to allow for negotiation of timings and commitments across the residency. The mentee would initially be required to work with the mentor in the studio for around 1 day per week, however this is likely to extend to 2 or 3 days closer to summer.

NB: The above examples are illustrative only, and the detail of programme are negotiable depending on the individual selected.

About mentor Ciara Monahan:

Ciara Monahan creates fold-away & light-up headpieces and quirky womenswear, served with a dash of colour & kitsch. All are designed to be easily transportable and to make a stand out statement whatever the occasion. Each item is lovingly hand-made by Ciara in her tropical London studio for your wearing pleasure.

Ciara trades at a variety of large events, club nights and UK festivals every year (Wilderness, Secret Garden Party, Mighty Hoopla, RA Lates) and has regularly collaborated with performers from Sink The Pink to create custom headpieces for stage-wear.

She studied Fashion at Middlesex University, Millinery at LCF and interned for major London designers Mary Katrantzou, Tatty Devine & Julien Macdonald.

To apply, please first create a profile on London's Artist Quarter including:

  • 5 to 10 portfolio images
  • An introduction to your practice

Then complete this online form - deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 3 December.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview for the week commencing 9 December. If you have not been contacted after 14 days of the deadline then, unfortunately, your application has been unsuccessful.

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