Artist Residencies

Matilda Bull

In their own words:

Hi I’m Matilda! I’m an Edinburgh based artist and printmaker. My practice is rooted in physicality and tactility and my work is a constant expression of my personal values, often political or environmental. I take inspiration from the natural world around me (natural fibers, dyes, basket weaving ) but also thinking about how to repurpose the manmade (recycled papermaking, carving reclaimed MDF etc.)

I make work with the materials I find around me. I think this is why I’m so drawn to relief printmaking, it needs no fancy supplies or tools, prints can be made by anyone, anywhere. When people look at my work I want them to be reminded of the hands that made it, and the physicality of the piece. A lot of my interest lies in the process, the making of a piece. The act of making is incredibly rewarding, to craft a tangible object with your own two hands. 

I feel strongly about accessibility in the arts, involving as many people as possible in creative, hands on processes. I believe in taking art off the white gallery walls, and into the streets, into our grubby little hands.


Out of the Blueprint hosts four paid residencies every year for artists in Scotland age 18-24. Our artist residencies emphasise exploration and an open-ended playful approach, encouraging artists to push the boundaries of their creative practice and embrace the unpredictability and freedom of the riso print process.

Here are some of our previous residencies:

Lauren Cory

Framed with delicate pixel patterns reminiscent of early computer games, Lauren Cory’s pastel landscapes blend the cosy, nostalgic comfort of home with the sense of something bigger on the horizon.

Levi Richards

Levi’s residency focused on themes of queerness and personal memory – through illustrations of figures that gave him a window into gender non-conformity and queer romance before he knew he needed one, and a dress project inspired by queer archives – a material way to preserve the mundane and ephemeral things that make up queer life and community.

Alex ‘koolkat’ Warner

Alex produced 3 new zines: Bye Bye Wimbo, Atletico Madrid Movies and Dodgy Keeper inspired by sport, consumerism and his signature primary colours

Morvern Graham

Interested in folk craft and mythology, Morvern’s residency investigated local Leith legends. Their exhibition Leith Folk & Lore is now on show at the Western General Hospital.

Celeste John-Wood

Using their interest in urban ecologies as a starting point for image making, Celeste gathered inspiration from commons and shared spaces, visualising links, knots, fences and connections.

Artist Celeste is holding up a sketchbook full of colourful sketches of chain-link fences.
Joanna Blémont

Mysterious and ambiguous, Joanna’s work depicts enigmatic dreamscapes using rich textures and colours, mirrored motifs and partially figurative scenes. Starting as ink and watercolour paintings, Joanna’s riso prints retain the texture and colour of her original artwork. 

Joanna standing in front of her work

CooCoora was inspired to make her silent comic SUN in the shortest days of winter. She envisioned the sun having to be urged along from its winter sluggishness by some lively human who can’t wait for those long, warm Summer days. 

Sarah Phelan

Exploring the capabilities and alternative uses of fax technologies, thermal paper and the way it repels riso ink, to distortions of reproducing images and the build-up of a dense layering of colours, Sarah Phelan found new ways of creating and archiving.

Sarah holding up inky rolls of fax machine paper
Gemma Gorton

Capturing the changing colours of her Edinburgh home, Gemma’s work gives a glimpse of a quiet city of street scenes, public parks and under-explored nooks through dawn, dusk and twilight. 

Gemma smiling in front of lots of small illustrations of windows
Ot Pascoe

Drawing on her screen printing practise, ​Ot’s work​​ use​s​ elements of photography augmented with meticulous collage cut-outs and photocopier manipulation to create wobbly, trippy and playful prints​ of altered realities​.

Ot stands next to the riso with the fluorescent pink drum visible

“I cannot emphasise enough how much of a difference to both my creative practice and my personal development working at Out of the Blueprint has had for me. The experience of the residency was electrifying as my making process developed, and an ‘anything is possible’ mentality was encouraged.” 

Lucy Grainge, former artist-in-residence

Artists-in-residence are chosen anonymously by a panel of Blueprint staff, trainees and young people. The next round of applications will be opening in Autumn 2024.

Out of the Blueprint is a social enterprise, raising income through trading in support of our core mission – to support young artists under 25. 

Our creative programme is supported by Creative Scotland, via the Culture Recovery Fund, The William Grant Foundation and Baillie Gifford.