Arts-Based Research & Development

ONCA’s Residencies provide opportunities for artists to research and develop work in response to environmental and social challenges.

Nadia Buyse / Dardishi Festival 2019 from dardishi on Vimeo.

ONCA Residencies

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.

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

ONCA Artist Studios

Our artist studios are located downstairs of our Barge at Brighton Marina and is available to hire throughout the year. If you are interested in hiring the Barge, please make an enquiry through our online form. Once we have received your enquiry we will aim to get back to as soon as possible.

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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


Media Resources

If you can’t make it down to the studios to meet the artists, you can catch up online by listening to our Open Studios podcast. The podcast features interviews with our various artists in residence with ONCA’s Communication’s Manager Susuana Amoah.

See Episodes

Get In Touch

To find out more about our Residency programme please email us at