Founded in 2015 by Professor Lucy Orta, Chair of Art for the Environment and member of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, the Art for the Environment Residency Programme [AER], in partnership with residency programmes across the world invites the UAL postgraduate community to explore concerns that define the twenty-first century – biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy, human rights – and through creative practice, envision a world of tomorrow.

AER provides a range of fully funded residencies both in the UK and internationally at one of our renowned hosting partners, lasting from 1 to 5-weeks. AER aims to offer a unique experience in a focused and supportive environment with time to research and conduct studio practice, accompanied by mentoring and open-studio opportunities. Our exciting and diverse programme is designed to help young creatives from across disciplines to envision a world of tomorrow and to imagine and create work that challenges how we interact with the environment and each other.

Art for the Environment Residency Programme 

An international artist-in-residence programme for UAL graduates to explore concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy and human rights.

Residency reports

"It was one of the best experiences of my life." 
– Naomi Bailey-Cooper, PhD Practice-based Research Student at London College of Fashion. Labverde, Brazil 2017   


"My experience during the residency has encouraged me to start thinking through a new visual strategy... together we are forming a group that will start to address our social and ecological concerns in a collaborative practice."
– Rachel Bacon, MA Drawing Alumni, Wimbledon College of Arts. BANFF Alberta, Canada, 2017 


"I would definitely recommend applying for an AER residency, it provides a valuable stepping-stone from university to professional practice and has already helped me secure opportunities for the future."
– Annabel Duggleby, Fine Art: Print and Time-Based Media, Wimbledon College of Arts. Hauser & Wirth Somerset, UK, 2017

Read reports from previous residents who completed an Art for the Environment Residency on UAL Postgraduate Community's stories

Project Team

  • Professor Lucy Orta: AER Founder, UAL Chair of Art and the Environment, Centre for Sustainable Fashion

  • Camilla Palestra: AER Associate Curator, Centre for Sustainable Fashion

  • Abigail Fletcher: UAL Post-Grad Community Coordinator

  • An international jury comprised of representatives from each of the hosting partners.

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