“Wainsgate dances gave me a much needed space to experiment with ideas in an unprecious, generous environment, the space, the people and in gorgeous countryside for beautiful walks. The studio is an inspiring space, comfortable and light. I was able to really go into a process without any pressure. A rich and meaningful experience. Thank you!!!”

Florence Peake

Wainsgate Dances hosts a programme of artists residencies where artists come to explore their work often at an early stage in its development. Resident artists often share this work in informal showings to get a sense of how it feels to put first ideas in front of some friendly eyes.

In 2021 there were 12 funded residencies with artists including:

Kate Brown, Seke Chimutengwende, Katye Coe, Vanessa Grasse, Alexandrina Hemsley, Wendy Houstoun, Samir Kennedy, Bun Kobayashi, Leah Marojević, Florence Peake, Bakani Pick-Up, Anushiye Yarnell

These residencies are made possible by the support of Arts Council England and all those who danced and donated through Open Practice Online.

This year there have been residencies with Lucy Suggate and Charlie Ford; Seraphine 1369 (supported by Sadlers Wells); Crystal Zilwood.

Lots more to be announced soon.


Wainsgate Dances Residencies offer a rare space for artists to begin to develop ideas and work away from urban centres in a non-presurised and artist led environment. Often the residencies end in the sharing of work to local residents and visitors from further afield.


Many of the works begun at Wainsgate go on to be performed in venues across Europe including, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Gallery in London; The Baltic in Gateshead; Schwere Reiter and Muffathalle in Munich; Cable Factory in Helsinki; Turner Contemporary in Margate, and many others