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Art for the Environment Residency Programme

A boat at the Balbina Hydroelectric Dam
A boat at the Balbina Hydroelectric Dam
Molly Macleod, Balbina Hydroelectric Dam
2022 | Photograph: Molly Macleod

Challenging how we interact with the environment

The Art for the Environment Residency Programme (AER) provides UAL graduates with the opportunity to apply for a 2 to 4 week fully funded residency at one of our internationally renowned host institutions, to explore concerns that define the 21st century – biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy and human rights.

Founded in 2015, internationally acclaimed artist Professor Lucy Orta, UAL Chair of Art for the Environment – Centre for Sustainable Fashion, launched the programme in partnership with international residency programmes and UAL Post-Grad Community.

Open for applications

The 2023 AER Residencies are open for applications. Find out more about each residency's details and deadlines.

COVID-19 update

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, we are working closely with host institutions as well as following advice from the UK government, national health authorities and the World Health Organisation.


  • Photo of the Radić Pavilion at Hauser & Wirth in a field of purple flowers and grass
    Image courtesy of UAL,
    Partnering institutions

    Explore our partnering institutions from all over the world, including Canada, Africa, Mexico and Brazil.

  • Image of amazon white plant urchin called a leaf hopper nymph

    Previous residency reports  

    Extend your knowledge of AER by exploring Stories by previous UAL residents reporting back from their trip.

  • Bronwyn Seier - Flag in the environment

    Successful applications  

    Thinking of applying? Take a look at previous winning applications that earned a place on our residency programme.

  • Lucy Orta, Wandering, 2009
    Centre for Sustainable Fashion  

    UAL research centre based at London College of Fashion, which set up the AER programme to provoke, challenge and question the fashion status quo.

AER Public Programme

  • Jungle Experiments in the Amazon

    AER Conversations Series

    In response to the pandemic and to keep AER conversation animated we launched an online event programme called Art for the Environment: Conversations (past event recordings available).

The AER Team

Professor Lucy Orta: AER Founder, UAL Chair of Art and the Environment, Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Camilla Palestra: AER Curator, Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Rachael Lakhan - UAL Post-Grad Community Manager

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