British Council 2019 Residency for Ghanaian Illustrators

Application Deadline: July 19th 2019

Seven Stories is supported by the British Council to host a Ghanaian illustrator in residence for 5 days in October 2019. Seven Stories will host the British Council’s Drawing Words exhibition from 15 July 2019 – 5 January 2020. The exhibition has been curated by UK Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, creator of Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and many other favourite picture books. 

October is one of Seven Stories busiest periods. You will populate the Drawing Words exhibition with drop-in and planned event activity, bringing your own unique and distinctive approach. In addition to an opportunity to showcase your work to Seven Stories’ audiences, the residency will provide you with skills and network development opportunities.

To be eligible for this residency you must be an illustrator resident in Ghana, aged 18-35 years old.

The Opportunity

You will populate the Drawing Words Studio with drop-in and planned event activity, bringing your unique and distinctive approach.The residency will provide you with skills and network development opportunities, including:

Working alongside Seven Stories creative practitioners on book-inspired activity for children and young people
Meeting and shadowing Seven Stories creative practitioners, observing delivery of Storytimes and other programmed activity
Opportunity to showcase your own work to Seven Stories audiences within the Drawing Words Studio
Interacting with families and young people in the Drawing Words Studio
Profile and PR through Seven Stories blog posts and social media Person


You will develop and deliver a range of work, with support from the Seven Stories team. You will:

Be an illustrator resident in Ghana aged 18-35 years old
Have relevant creative practice in illustration for children
Be keen to share your work with a new audience and learn new skills
Have experience of working with children, young people and families on participatory projects
Bring your own ideas for creative activity and workshops, including repeat engagement with children, young people and families over the course of the residency
Be open to new ideas and opportunities for collaboration and responsive to feedback
Be able to work both independently, and as part of the wider Seven Stories team
Be able to work at speed and potentially on a large scale
Have a good level of written and spoken English


To apply for this residency please send a CV and examples of your previous work showing relevant creative practice in children’s illustration and storytelling as well as examples of how you have worked with children, young people and families on participatory projects.

Please also provide a maximum of 500 words which includes:

  • Initial interpretation of Seven Stories theme for October, ‘Bones’, with consideration to the Drawing Words exhibition.
  • Proposal for activities as outlined in the below brief.

Applications must be submitted to [email protected] by Friday 19 July, 2019

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview (via skype or telephone call) by Friday 2 August.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the British Council 2019 Residency


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