APPLY NOW: Open Call for former supermarket exhibition space in Stratford E20  



We are looking for groups of artists or a curator with group show that would like to put on an exhibition in East London
– for up to 9 weeks at a time

We will be dividing the space into two by putting up exhibition walls to create two separate exhibition spaces.
We are looking for two groups of artists or collectives for each time period, one exhibition in Space 1 and another in Space 2.

There are two opportunities to use the space, please tell us which (or you can select both dates to increase the likelihood of success) when you apply.
Saturday 7th January – Sunday 19th March 2023
Monday 20th March – Sunday 11th June 2023
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Saturday 10th December 2022

In return for the free space you will use the space fully & organise some public- facing events as part of your occupation.
This could be a workshop, talk, performance or anything which supports your creative practices.
Please pay special attention to the public programme element. We will prioritise applications that consider engaging the local communities in Stratford. 

We actively encourage you to sell work and we do not take any commision, but we do encourage you to bear in mind the local community when pricing the work

We would want these units to be open at a minimum 10 – 6pm Wednesday to Sunday (ideally more) please confirm you will be able to organise this management

Get Living is the UK’s leading build-to-rent operator of large-scale neighbourhoods. A pioneer in the build to rent sector, Get Living’s market-leading expertise is derived from over nine years of actively operating the UK’s most prominent build to rent asset, East Village. Get Living’s portfolio includes circa 4,000 homes for rent across three neighbourhoods: East Village and Elephant Central in London and New Maker Yards at Middlewood Locks, Manchester

Application Deadline

All applications must be made online using the link below, and must be received no later than 6pm on 10th December 2022.


This opportunity is open to curators or artists that can easily access the space, so living within an hour of the site. We are especially interested in how you engage the local community of Stratford. We will prioritise those that cannot normally afford exhibition space, and believe that this opportunity might help them reach the next stage of their career. We are committed to supporting creatives & communities most in need & will prioritise creatives who declare they are struggling – whether financially, mentally or physically.

Application Process

We accept applications from all creative practitioners and we have a variety of sites coming up to host a variety of art forms. We understand application processes can be time consuming so we have restricted the answers to a maximum of 100 words.

For short term project space we have application periods of approximately 3/4 weeks. For each placement we create a short list of 5 proposals that we put forward to our selection panel that will be comprised of our trustees and a local Cultural Partner (such as a curator of a museum). The success of your application for both the short list and being selected by the panel will be based on your answers in the application form so please read the questions carefully and follow the guidelines.

The areas that we will focus on are: what you plan to use the space for, how it would develop your practice and most importantly – the public event(s). This could be an exhibition walk through, talk, performance or whatever best suits your practice. You do not need a fully formed event as we understand your work in the studio space may inform what you do but we want to see what your initial thoughts are. The objective for this is to engage local communities but also for us to show your work to a wider audience.

Lastly, in the event that you are not successful, we will keep your application on file in the case that we will have other opportunities to put you forward for. If you do not want us to keep your application on file please let us know [email protected]

Occupancy availability

We are considering applications to start from the start of January 2023 onwards.

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