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Museum of Making Space to Grow Residency

This residency is for new and emerging artists and makers, working in any discipline.

Our current Makers-in-residence are Josh Nicholson and Sane Mafa

Image: Josh working on his current project 

Image: Sane working in the cocoon at the Museum of Making  

Josh Nicholson:

Josh is a writer and artist whose practice has (unbeknownst to him) focused on interpretations of failure and uncertainty. He doesn’t know where his practice may end up and as a result, he makes work as a means of navigation through familiar symbols and landscapes. Whilst centering around drawing and photography, he is now using this residency as an opportunity to explore the playfulness of making art whilst also expanding into film alongside this.

Prior to the residency Josh studied Fine Art at Kingston University and co-established the William Morris Society Youth Forum. He is now looking to establish his own practice through the resources and support available at the Museum of Making.


Sane Mafa:

Sane is an Interior/Furniture designer, after completing her Masters in Design Management she has recently co-founded Studio Mafa, a sustainable interior and furniture design studio.

In nature there is no waste, everything is a resource. This narrative of repurpose, reuse, and recycle, inspired the concept behind Studio M. The studio has recently developed a new biomaterial made from cow manure to use across their design services. They are currently developing new designs featuring the new material through the residency at the Museum of Making.

Their Interior design philosophy is driven by an understanding that nature has health and wellbeing benefits and they incorporate these principles to create beautiful spaces that people can thrive in.

Either Josh or Sane are in the Cocoon most days, feel free to pop in and say hello!

The Space to Grow Residency is generously supported by Arts Council England and is open to all freelance artists and makers in the first 5 years of their creative career, who live in Derbyshire.

6-month residencies are open to applications twice a year for more information follow us on social media or sign up to our mailing list.