The Walled Garden is the perfect place to take a fresh, creative look at narratives of rural Somerset life, social interaction and community. Responding to the current and historical ephemera of The Walled Garden and the village of Mells itself, there is an opportunity to create an artistic response that engages visitors to the garden in new and different ways. We welcome proposals from artists/writers/photographers/artisans who see their work fitting within the essence of what it means to be a walled garden.


Residency conditions

Duration of residencies: Residential <1 week. Non residential >Two months
Companions allowed: Children/Partners

​Expenses paid by artist: Travel/Supplies/Food

Ways artists can contribute to the Walled Garden: 
  • by engaging visitors and online audiences through open social media, and maintaining regular updates on the progress of the residency

  • by displaying work that can stand the outdoor weather conditions or be displayed in a greenhouse and all its overheated sunny qualities

  • deliver public talks or presentations in the garden.

  • running a workshop

  • Gardening!!!

Application who/how: Open call by using the contact  form below
Selection procedure: on a case by case basis by The Walled Garden.  Only one or two residencies will be set up per year.
Description of residency

Setting: Rural, Somerset, Walled Garden 
Resources: An acre garden dating from the 1540's/herbaceous borders/functional plant nursery space
Studios: None. The garden space is open to the public from the beginning of  March through to the end of October. Possibility of some off season residencies
Accommodation: Two bedroom cottage on site 
Other activities happening at the space: Cafe/Plant Nursery/Therapeutic Horticulture Programs/Workshops


Ellen Mulcrone works predominantly in 3D, creating gorgeous sculptural pods for people to nourish their introverted sides and find some quiet time.


Her 2D work, however, such as painting and collage, is what often fuels her creativity. To close the 2018 season at the Walled Garden Ellen used the surrounding environment and the space away from the chaos of life to commit to fueling the creative furnace.


She sought out the elements within the garden, drawing out colour palettes and patterns and marking these on paper and canvas in a mixture of different mediums.


Photos and blog posts of her residency are on instagram and her website 


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Louise Boulter, known for her often comedic illustrations is joining us as our artist in residence for the 2018 season.


Louise will be embedded in the garden for most of the summer and through into the winter using the opportunity to explore new mediums such as collage.


We can not wait to see what she creates as the season unfolds.  

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Justina joined the garden as an artist in residence in the summer of 2017. You may have noticed her art on our facebook page over the last few months, she has done some lovely illustrations for us. 


Self-taught, Justina is based in rural Alberta, Canada. Her creative beginnings stem from a fascination with drawing buildings and textiles at an early age. This fascination morphed into an involvement with theater; designing, building and painting sets and props. She liked working on a variety of surfaces, learning how to make marks with a wide range of implements. From set painting she went into painting in acrylic on canvas, encompassing other media into her paintings such as papers, gel mediums and acrylic inks, to achieve an interesting array of textures and detail. She also paints in watercolor and oil.


The subject matter of her paintings and drawings varies widely. She paints landscapes, buildings and portraits of animals and people. The style of her work also varies widely, from representational mixed media acrylic paintings on canvas and wood panel, to graphic and abstract illustrations on paper with watercolor, pen and other dry media, to impressionistic plein air sketches in oil on masonite panels. She is also an inveterate sketch journal keeper whether at home or while traveling.


Her work focuses on the use of a variety of media to enhance the texture, movement and focal interest of her paintings and illustrations. 

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