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, the opening of the Drawing Office has marked the beginning of a new residency programme at the Soane. Two three-month residents are hosted per year (in the Spring and the Autumn). The two residents are able to work in the Office and 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 were Sam Belinfante and Ella Baron. Meet them below.

Applications for our 2024 residencies have now closed. Thank you to all those that have submitted an application. We will share news of our new Residents in March.

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 2023 and concluded his time at the Museum with an in conversation event with Professor Griselda Pollock, as well as an evening of music and performance inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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 was recently exhibited at The Cartoon Museum. 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 began in September 2023, and concluded with two events in Jaunary 2024: a co-curated Soane Late, and an 'In Conversation' event about drawing and satire with author John O'Farrell, which you can watch in full.

Visit Ella's website