Trellis 3: Public Art 2021-22
Apply to take part in Trellis 3!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the third round of the Trellis programme which brings together UCL researchers and east London artists to create opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange. 

Trellis is a multi-stage programme including:

  1. Initial match-making events to introduce and connect artists and researchers
  2. Initial funding (£2,000) to explore ideas for collaboration
  3. Final commission (£15,000) for selected collaborations to create work for display/exhibition.

The project is jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and UCL Public Art. We welcome artists and researchers from all disciplines. 

We are especially encouraging applications from those who are underrepresented in the sector and at UCL including but not limited to disabled, D/deaf, neuro-diverse people, LGBTQ+ people, people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds, especially women.  

If you are interested in finding out more you can attend an online information workshop where we will share more about the programme and answer any questions. You can book your place below:

How do I take part?

We are asking applicants to fill in a short expression of interest. The deadline to apply is the 29th January. Successful applicants will be contacted no later than the 11th February to confirm a place at the match-making event. Participation in at least one match-making event is compulsory. You will be asked to confirm which of these events you would like to participate in, in the expression of interest form.

For artists:Complete expression of interest form for artists


For UCL researchers:Complete expression of interest form for researchers



I live outside of east London, can I still apply?

Yes. You do not have to live in east London to apply, although we will be selecting those who can demonstrate a connection or interest in the area. 

I am a PhD student, can I apply?

Yes, PhD students are eligible to take part in the programme.

Do I need to have a pre-exisiting relationship with a community group?

No, you do not need to have a pre-existing relationship with a community group to apply for the programme. The first stage of the programme is about establishing a connection with an artist/ researcher. Once you have established a partnership and have an idea for a project, our team can support you to identify an appropriate community group to work with.  

How will artists and researchers be selected to participate in the programme?

You will be selected onto the programme based on your ability to respond to the criteria outlined in the Expression of Interest form. 

We are not looking for you to pitch an idea to us. We expect ideas for a project to be formed out of conversations and relationships built at the match-making events. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you need the form in an alternative format. 

I have already found someone I would like to work with, can we apply together? 

Artists and researchers must apply to take part in the programme separately and will be selected based on their individual merit and suitability. As such, there is no guarantee both you and the person you would like to work with will gain a place at our match-making events. 

We are interested in how the programme itself creates the right spaces and framework for artist and researchers to connect and build relationships based on mutual interest and knowledge exchange. Therefore, we ask all those who have been invited to attend the match-making session to keep an open mind about who they might potentially like to work with. 

I have never worked with an artist/research before. How will I be supported during the programme?

Our team will help facilitate the relationships throughout the entirety of the programme. Between us, we have experience in working with artist and researchers and will be on hand to support the needs of individuals as well as the partnership. 

We have a robust evaluation programme that has run since Trellis 1 and we are continuing to learn about the challenges people may be facing and try to set up processes to ameliorate these as best we can. 

If you have any questions, want to discuss something further or have any access requirements such as needing the expression of interest form in a different format, please email the team on engagement-east@ucl.ac.uk 

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