Ella Husbands: Plants on Water (detail)

Artist Development

Workshops, Residencies & Networks

At ONCA we facilitate opportunities for artists to develop their creative practices, receive professional development guidance and engage in peer-led networking.

Artist Development at ONCA

Supporting artists to create inspiring and innovative work that engages audiences with social and environmental issues is a core part of what we do. We’ve worked in collaboration with local artists and creative industry professionals to organise workshops on:

  • Poetry Writing
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Speculative Fiction Writing
  • Life Drawing
  • Performance

To find out more about upcoming workshops and classes click the link below.

What’s On

ONCA Residencies & Studios

Throughout the year, ONCA hosts social-engaged residencies for artists who want research and develop work in response to environmental and social challenges. As well as providing a space for experimentation and social practice, these residencies aim to support collaborative learning and cultural change in Brighton and beyond.

Our artist studios are located downstairs of our Barge at Brighton Marina and is available to hire throughout the year. As part of our socially engaged residency format, we host Open Studios sessions connect with resident artists and learn about their creative process as they prepare to exhibit work.

Current artist in residence: Vacant

Current researcher in residence: Nadia Buyse

Past Residences

Graduate Monthly

Graduate Monthly is ONCA’s informal peer led network that offers emerging artists the support and learning opportunities necessary to continue developing their creative practices in Brighton. This can take the form of crits, reading groups, advice sessions, skill sharing and visiting speakers. Alongside the monthly meet-up there is also an online forum for sharing resources and continuing discussions.

Graduate Monthly takes place on the last Thursday of every month and is open to anyone currently based in Brighton and the surrounding areas that graduated from a visual art course in the last 5 years. Artists who haven’t undertaken formal academic training but are looking for support to develop their work and meet other like-minded creatives are also very welcome to attend.

The date of the next Graduate Monthly is:  31 October 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

If you would like to receive email invites for our Graduate Monthly events please sign up via the link bellow.

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Green Curtain Award

Each year we give out our Green Curtain Award to the Brighton Fringe project that best manifests ONCA’s mission of supporting artists and audiences to engage with environmental and social challenges. The winner receives support in the form of mentoring, time in the gallery and/or offices, and space on our online platforms. Previous winners include Jamal Harewood (2017) and Subira Wahogo (2018).

The winner of the 2019 Green Curtain Award is: ‘How Disabled Are You?’ By @QueerHistorian


Student & Graduate Exhibitions

As part of our support for emerging artists, we offer a 20% discount on gallery hire for student members and members who are recent graduates who wish to showcase their artwork.

As an organisation we aim to embrace creative influences and practices from a wide range of cultures, and strive to be inclusive of groups that are often marginalised and underrepresented within the arts. We therefore strongly encourage proposals for student and graduate exhibitions that include work by artists from a diversity of cultural backgrounds.

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Media Resources

We have a range of interviews with artists who we have collaborated with for workshops and events on how to create art that engages audiences with social and environmental issues.

See Resources

Get In touch

For more information about Graduate Monthly check out our Graduate Monthly Instagram and Facebook page.

Please contact our Gallery Manager:  or 01273 607101 if you have specific access requirements or questions.


Image credit: Ella Husbands