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Introducing ‘Poly Residency’


Launched in Summer 2015, the Poly Residency was developed in partnership with LJMU School of Art and Design. The residency is designed to create opportunities for recent graduates from LJMU with vital support from The Royal Standard.

Poly offers the space for six months to two projects that were hand selected from submissions earlier this year. The projects were chosen for their experimental and risk-taking concepts and the ambition to create something new.

Each project has the full support of The Royal Standard’s facilities, peer-to-peer advice from studio members and directors, 24 hour access and the freedom to develop exciting new work and curatorial methods. The conditions of Poly Residency are that each project must have a minimum of four public events and an innovative programme that The Royal Standard has yet to see in another project.

Introducing new partners CBS, the Poly Residency has expanded beyond The Royal Standard for its second year and welcomes a new round of graduates.

The Royal Standard are pleased to announce the winners of the Poly Residency 2016/17:

Vs, a collective comprised of Lucy Moxon, Dan Smyth and Ryan Watkins will explore three diverse reactions to contemporary painting practice for the latter half of 2016. In the beginning of 2017, We The North, developed by Phillipa Hulse will act as a platform for current undergraduate art students, offering a space for critical engagement and showcasing work whilst examining the stigma attached to the artist in training.

In 2015/16, the Poly Residency programme offered an opportunity for 6Gins and Muesli, both curatorial collectives comprised of recent graduates and the winners of the first year of the residency. We wish them all the best in the future.