Artist at Soane Residency

The Drawing Office was where Soane’s draftsmen and apprenticeships worked up his celebrated projects. Just as Soane supported the next generation of architectural talent he opening of the Drawing Office will mark the beginning of a new residency programme at the Soane. Two three-month residents will be hosted per year (in the Spring and the Autumn). Not only will the two residents be able to work in the Office, but they will also be able to use the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and education programme to inspire and inform their work.

The two residents for 2023 will be Sam Belinfante and Ella Baron. Meet them below.

Curious about applying for the Artist at Soane Residency for 2024? You can find out more by visiting our application portal.

Our 2023 residents

Sam Belinfante in the Drawing Office at Sir John Soane's Museum.

Sam Belinfante

Sam Belinfante is a well-established artist whose practice incorporates curating, sound and performance, along with filmmaking and photographic work. He was an artist in residence at Camden Arts Centre between 2015 and 2016, where he created the performance On the One Hand and the Other. Most recently, he undertook a major commission for Folkestone Triennial in which he (re)imagined sites for sculpture and performance across Folkestone town. For his time at the Soane, he plans study Soane’s archives in relationship to ‘theatre’, and will make audio-visual recordings of the collections, focusing on drawings and models of theatrical spaces.

Sam began his residency in April and will continue his residency into the summer.

Visit Sam's website
Ella Baron in the Drawing Office at Sir John Soane's Museum.

Ella Baron

Ella Baron is a cartoonist and comics artist. Her political cartoons have been published by The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The FT and The TLS. A comic she drew in South Sudan on commission for the medical aid charity MSF will be exhibited at The Cartoon Museum from June 16th this year. Her debut graphic novel, Interface will be published by Virago in 2025. Set in a near-future, Interface explores urban inequality with technically drawn panels, highly influenced by architectural drawings and techniques. Thus, during her Residency, she aims to draw inspiration from Soane’s visionary collection of objects, architectural elements, drawings, and engravings, particularly those by Hogarth. 

Ella's residency will begin in September and run for three months.

Visit Ella's website