Artist in Residence

​Become a creative part of the house and gardens.


At the heart of Talliston House & Gardens' labyrinth of inspirational locations, times and places is a showcase of the power of our imagination – and the unlocking of the secret that lies within all of us. Talliston is committed to continuing that journey, to inspire, support and encourage people to pursue creative, fulfilling lives – and in this new chapter, we have created a series of residencies to further that mission.


The Talliston Artist-in-Residence programme was established to provide resources for an artist over the course of one almanack year (October to October). It sets out to use Talliston’s interiors to motivate and encourage artists, providing an inspirational space to sketch, paint and create. Along with the Author-in-Residence and Artisan-in-Residence roles, the Artist-in-Residence will be joining a community committed to creative excellence.


Artist-in-Residence benefits

• Exclusive title of Artist-in-Residence of Talliston House & Gardens for 12 months – from October until October – with two residential stays to write at the house


• Logo/artwork/advert, 50-word description and website link displayed on our home page


• Exclusive use of text and images on the Artist-in-Residence page on the website


• A page article about your residency and work in a future issue of the Talliston Times newsletter


• The offer to distribute A5 flyers during events, tours and special functions at the house and gardens



How to apply for your residency

Submissions are open between January and August and require applicants to share their creative bio and an example of their artwork entitled "The Secret Lies Within". Submissions are reviewed in September by Talliston’s creative team and artistic patron – and the successful applicant will be contacted in October. Send to:


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Talliston Artist in Residence request

Pam Smy

Talliston Artist in Residence 2018-2019

Pam Smy is a Cambridge-based illustrator whose work is inspired by years of observational drawing. With a particular interest in stories inspired by places and gardens, Pam's published work has been commissioned by the Folio Society, David Fickling Books and Penguin Random House, and many of her commissions start with observational drawing to inform her imaginative work.


Pam combines her illustration work with part-time teaching at Anglia Ruskin University, and visiting schools and libraries to talk about illustration. She is one of the founding members of Orange Beak Studio who provide workshops, mentoring and short courses for illustrators.


Her illustrated novel, Thornhill, was published by David Fickling Books in 2017 and was shortlisted for the CILIP Greenaway Medal and the Waterstones Picture Book Prize.

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