In From the Margins

  • Five printmaking studios across Europe are inviting applications from artists who identify as refugees or with experience of displacement to undertake a 1-month long printmaking residency as part of the European residency programme In from the Margins, funded by Creative Europe.


    30 artists will be selected in total, will have the opportunity to work in a print medium of their choice and will be supported to develop their practice practically and professionally. Throughout the residency programme we will be welcoming refugee and migrant communities in the studios to engage with resident artists, to share their own stories and create new work which will be shared between our project members and the wider visual arts community in Europe. The programme will culminate in a group exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers in spring 2023. 


    Made possible with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


  • In from the Margins is a collaboration between: Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland Cork Printmakers, Ireland Funen Printmaking Studio, Odense, Denmark International...

    Mohammad Barrangi in the studio at Edinburgh Printmakers

    In from the Margins is a collaboration between:

    Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland

    Cork Printmakers, Ireland   

    Funen Printmaking Studio, Odense, Denmark  

    International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia 

    AGA Lab, Amsterdam, Netherlands   


    Artists are invited to apply for the residency opportunity available within their host country. 





    The Edinburgh Call for Applications is now open. Application deadlines and information on our partner studios' residencies will be published soon on their websites.




  • In from the Margins: Open Call


    Residency opportunity for refugee and migrant artists at printmaking studios across Europe.

  • Programme Information

    How can we support and promote work by refugee and migrant artists who have had to leave everything behind?  


    Funded by Creative EuropeIn from the Margins is a European programme of Studios of Sanctuary residencies that provides: supported workspaces for artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds; exchanges of their work; and engagement with refugee, schools and wider communities. Work with refugee and migrant artists is currently largely focused on outreach and engagement programmes of major galleries. The project will bring this work 'in from the margins' to mainstream programming.


    In from the Margins will create the first network of Studios of Sanctuary in Europe, offering opportunities for 30 artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds to take up supported residencies in internationally recognised print studios, taking place as follows: 


    9 residencies at Edinburgh Printmakers

    6 residencies at Cork Printmakers, Funen Printmaking Studio Odense, and International Centre of Graphic Arts Ljubljana; and 

    3 residencies at AGA Lab Amsterdam


    An engagement programme with refugee, schools and wider communities will be running alongside the residencies. The contribution that refugees and migrant communities make to wider society will be celebrated also through exchanges of their work, exhibitions and multi-disciplinary events. 


    In from the Margins seeks to break down barriers and create opportunities for refugee artists and local communities to share and to learn from each other while being supported by the resources and expertise of print studios. Each organisation will work in the language of their own studio and the languages of the resident artists where possible.


    The project emerged from discussions between the partners, all print studios with civic aims which are based in multicultural cities on the margins of Europe. Our residency programme will further develop the 'Studios of Sanctuary' model, which originated in Yorkshire in response to the work of migrant artist Mohammad Barrangi, an artist and former paralympian from Iran who became resident artist at The Art House in Wakefield, in a range of contexts across Europe.


  • Call for Applications at Edinburgh Printmakers

    Residency Details

    • We will select a total of 9 artists to take part in the In from the Margins residencies at Edinburgh Printmakers, each lasting 1 month. 

    • The residencies aim to be an empowering platform for artists who have experienced displacement to develop their practice and experiment with printmaking in a supportive environment, make new connections within their host communities, and for their work to be professionally produced, exhibited and viewed by a variety of people. 

    • During the residency, artists will be supported to work in the print studio to produce work and experiment with their practice, a selection of which will be shown as part of the final exhibition in Edinburgh in spring 2023. 

    • As part of the residency, artists will be supported to deliver an artist talk. We will also consult them regarding the development of engagement activities with refugee and migrant communities and local schools, so these can closely connect with the work that they will be making in the studio.

    • One work by each resident artist will be retained for the archive at Edinburgh Printmakers.

    • All residency activities will follow the Scottish Government Covid-19 guidelines.

    • Participating artists will be subject to an artist's contract. 



    Artist Support

    Support for each artist will include:

    • 1 month access to our print studio facilities, with induction, training, technical support and a materials budget. 

    • Self-catering accommodation.  

    • Travel costs to/from Edinburgh (up to £300).

    • Artists who have the right to work in the U.K. will be offered a fee based on Scottish Artist Union rates. These range from £2,146 per month for New Graduate Artists up to £3,149 per month for Artists with 5+ years' experience. 

    • A budget is available for access support requirements.




    The residencies are open to:

    • Artists who identify as refugees or with experience of displacement.

    • Those with previous experience of printmaking or who have an artistic practice that involves printmaking.

    • Applicants must be over 18 and living in the U.K. at the time of application.


  • Applications

    Download Application Form


    How to Apply

    Please download our application form above and submit the form electronically to Mónica Laiseca at

    Deadline for submissions: Monday 22nd November 2021 at 11 AM GMT.

    We are sorry but we cannot offer individual feedback on applications.


    We are open to receiving applications in alternative formats, such as video or audio. If you would like to discuss other application methods, please contact Mónica Laiseca at or call the Edinburgh Printmakers team on 0131 557 2479 (Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm).


    We are offering 1-to-1 informal advice sessions with a member of our team for artists interested in applying for an In from the Margins residency at Edinburgh Printmakers. If you would like to discuss your application with us, find out more about the residencies, have any questions, or there is anything else we might be able to help with, you can book a session by clicking HERE.



    Selection Process

    Applications will be reviewed by Edinburgh Printmakers. Shortlisted artists will be invited to attend an online or telephone interview with a selection panel,  comprising three people from Edinburgh Printmakers' team and two guest reviewers, with a minimum of two panellists belonging to a refugee or migrant community. Our proposed selection of artists will be discussed with our In from the Margins partners, after which residency recipients will be announced. 


    Applications will be selected based on the artists' demonstrated interest and ability in a printmaking process, originality of artwork and potential to develop their practice through the residency. 



    Call published: Tuesday 26th October 2021 

    Application advice drop-in sessions: Wednesday 3rd November 2021

    Deadline for applying: 11Am GMT Monday 22nd November 2021

    Remote interviews: Thursday 25th November 2021

    Notification of outcome: Wednesday 1st December 2021

    Residency dates: January 2022 - February 2023

    Final group exhibition in Edinburgh: April 2023


  • Further information

    For further information about the In From the Margins programme or to discuss your application, please contact Mónica Laiseca:

    Information about the Edinburgh Printmakers studio and our printmaking facilities can also be found on our website.