NDAR is an artist residency based in the village of Combe Martin, north Devon, on the edge of Exmoor. The residency provides space for new work, for contemporary artists at any stage of their career.

The residency was founded with the aim of stimulating work engaging with and inspired by Combe Martin and north Devon.

Resident artists will have accommodation in a two-bedroom cottage in the village, and will work from the cottage. Residency applications which include a public or participatory event are very welcome, but are not an essential requirement.

Artists can apply to live and work at the cottage for a month or less, and return stays can be arranged if required for the completion of a project. Successful applicants will need to fund their travel and living expenses, as well as any materials needed for their work. They will need to have a strong element of self-reliance, as there is no artist community in the village, and the resident artist will be alone in the cottage. However, artists may apply with a  colleague, and, under agreed circumstances, with family members. The cottage is for the sole use of the resident artist, and the artist will have sole use of a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room and garden.

Combe Martin is a large village with good amenities, including four pubs, food shops, post office, pharmacy, garage, folk club, parish church with medieval rood screen, beach and tourist information. It has the longest village high street in England, and has a wealth of history and folk culture, including silver mining, strawberry growing, the Earl of Rhone festival and an annual carnival.

In nearby Ilfracombe, the harbour is home to Damien Hirst’s ‘Verity’ sculpture and art gallery, and there are various quirky features in the town, such as the Victorian ‘tunnel’ beaches, and the haunted Chambercombe Manor.

Further afield, there is a museum in Barnstaple, the Burton Art Gallery in Bideford and the Broomhill Sculpture Gardens in Muddiford. St Ann's Chapel in Saunton has an interesting collection of stained glass by Mary Lowndes, while Bideford has a connection with artists Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards who had a home there.

The village is served by buses only. The nearest rail stations are Barnstaple or Tiverton. Whilst not essential, a car is extremely useful if the project requires travel beyond the village. Artists will be required to make their own way to and from the residency.

Please contact us if you have specific access needs so that we can give you detailed information about the accommodation.


The current (first) stage of applications will accept 'dry' media only i.e. photography, film, text, performance, land art, drawing, sculpture, stained or painted glass, music, poetry, sound  i.e. works which can be created either in the cottage or outdoors.

The second stage, to be announced when a separate garden studio has been created, will allow for painting and other media not appropriate to a domestic environment.


NDAR is a new initiative by Monika Bobinska of CANAL (www.canalprojects.info)