News & Opportunities

Take part in our Finding Gibbonsdown Public Art Project

Artists Matthew Jones and Steve Coombs are working with Studio Response on an arts programme in Gibbonsdown, Barry, and they want your pictures to help with the project!

As we’re now gradually beginning to emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown and able to explore where we live again Matthew and Steve are asking the residents of Gibbonsdown and Court wards in Barry to share with them pictures of things found, rediscovered or noticed anew to help them build up a picture of the area springing back to life.

What places did you enjoy, what places came into their own, what places did you avoid and what needs to change?  It could be a photo, a sketch, a painting or a collage.  Show Matthew and Steve your creative side and you could win a prize!

Visit the Finding Gibbonsdown website to find out more.  The deadline for submitting your pictures is 31st July 2020.


Commission Opportunities at The Grange University Hospital

We are conscious of the current pressures facing self-employed artists, designers and producers and we are therefore committed to advertising commission opportunities where we have been advised by our clients to do so.

As part of the Arts Programme for the new Grange University Hospital, Llanfrechfra, which is curated and managed by Studio Response, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (HB) seeks to appoint an experienced artist / artist(s) / artist collective to create an accessible, external trail identified by bespoke waymarkers, and an external “wellbeing” space, the focus of which is to provide staff, primarily, with a place where they can take “time out” and spend some time outside of the hospital itself.

Further information on the commission is available here:

The Health Board is also seeking to appoint an exceptional fine art, textile / surface design artist to create a series of artworks for identified internal spaces at The Grange University Hospital. We are conscious that this commission is of a sensitive nature in the current context of COVID-19. If you would like to receive further information on this opportunity please contact

The deadline for both commissions is 8th May 2020.

Thank you.


Image courtesy of BDP and ABUHB.

Studio Response COVID-19 Statement for Artists & Creative Co-Producers

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Studio Response is following UK government advice with regards to social distancing and therefore will not be attending any face-to-face meetings, installations or workshops from Monday 23rd March 2020. We are advising all the artists, designers, architects, sub-contractors and facilitators with whom we are working to also follow government advice and work in a way to limit the spread of the disease.

These are unprecedented times and we are using our best endeavours to navigate a way forward for each of our commissions. However, these are all throwing up unique issues, with each of our clients offering a different response, so please bear with us. We are particularly conscious of the pressures facing freelancers, self-employed and small businesses and of course our public sector clients in the NHS and education sector.

Please be reassured that we are here to support you the best way we can. To date, no commissions have been cancelled, but we believe there is an inevitability that the pandemic will lead to delays. During this time, we will endeavour to work from our home studios, and we are set up on Skype and other video and voice services for one-to-one and group calls. As such please do continue to contact us via email and telephone.

It would be helpful if you could let us know the impact of the pandemic on your commission plans if at all. This will enable us to develop a risk register of key and pressing issues that we can endeavour to share with our clients.

We thank you for your understanding and meanwhile, stay safe and well. Best wishes

Emma and Jo

Studio Response

Art, People, Place.

Studio Response COVID-19 Statement for Clients

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Studio Response will not be attending any face-to-face meetings, installations or workshops from Monday 23rd March 2020. We believe this is the best way we to follow government advice regarding social distancing. We will endeavour to minimise disruption to our clients as best we can but please bear with us. Current government advice for businesses recommends each company needs to build its resilience to the impact of COVID-19. As a micro-business we need to protect or ability to work for as long as possible. Following the advice on social distancing is one way we can try and achieve this.

Moving forward we will continue to listen to the advice from the World Health Organisation and the UK Government, and we will do all we can to protect our artists, clients, sub-contractors, communities and staff, and to limit further spread of the disease.

During this time, we will endeavour to work from our home studios’, and we are set up on Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other video and voice services for one-to-one and group calls. As such please do continue to contact us via email and telephone.

We will be advising the artists, designers and architects with whom we work to follow government advice and also work from home / their studios during this time.

We thank you for your understanding and send our best wishes to our artists, clients, supporters and friends.

Kind regards
Emma and Jo
Studio Response

A Statue for Lady Rhondda

We are delighted to announce that we are working with Newport's Statue for Lady Rhondda group to commission Newport's first public statue of a named woman.  It was a pleasure to join the group at its last committee meeting to find out more about their aspirations for this exciting project!  

The group are currently fundraising for the statue.  You can support them by visiting their Gofundme page:


This commission is part of the Wales-wide Monumental Welsh Women project.  Monumental Welsh Women is a not for profit organisation dedicated to recognising the contribution of women to the history and life of Wales.  It mission is to erect five statues honouring five Welsh women in five different locations around Wales in five years. 

Image courtesy of Women of Newport.


Studio Response to work with George Lovesmith

We are so pleased to be working with George Lovesmith on the development of public art / play experiences for a new residential development in Oxfordshire.  George is an artist / architect, and through his practice he aims to explore relational and social practice integrating art, design, education and play.

Sustainable Playground Taking Shape

A site-specific, artist-led playground at Edenstone Homes' Woodlands residential development in Dinas Powys is starting to take shape!  Studio Response has commissioned artist Tim Norris and Green Play Project to create this natural, sustainable playground and amphitheatre which will enthrall and entertain young residents for years to come. 

We look forward to unveiling the finished installation!

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