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Monday 05 July 2021 - 09:00 to Thursday 05 August 2021 - 23:59
Digital residency

Together with Levi’s®, British Council is inviting EU-based fashion, textiles, craft and materials designers or artists to submit creative proposals reimagining Levi’s® post-consumer materials.  Deadline for applications is Thursday, 5th August, 23.00 BST (01.00 Romania time).

This open call invites applications from EU-based fashion, textiles, craft and materials designers and artists to submit proposals for reimagining Levi’s® post-consumer materials, as part of the Architecture Design Fashion (ADF) Making Matters programme and the Levi’s® by Levi’s® initiative.


The Levi’s® Residency will run for eight weeks from August 2021 to October 2021 with a showcase at Levi’s Haus in London in October 2021. It focuses on supporting research and development, as well as cultural exchange, between the UK and international practitioners who are developing responsible making practices with post-consumer materials.

Through engagement with the Levi’s® back catalogue of faulty and donated garments and other research touchpoints across the UK, this residency also has a specific focus on exploring the social and cultural values that underpin different geographical relationships with textiles around the world.

One international designer or collective will be selected to collaborate digitally with a UK-based practice for the duration of the residency. The participants will collaborate to develop a body of work and then design and deliver a showcase of the results to the public at Levi’s® Haus in London in October 2021.


  • Applicants must be based in France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Portugal or the Netherlands with professional experience in creating and delivering fashion, design, craft or making projects focused on sustainability. Experience in developing and delivering temporary installations focused on public engagement is a also beneficial.
  • Applicants must have 3-5 years professional experience.
  • Applicants must have availability to engage in the project for the estimated number of days for the Residency Phases 1, 2 and 3 as outlined in the Timeline.


Deadline for applications is 23.00 BST on August 5 (01.00 Romania time). Full criteria, creative brief and details on how to submit applications can be found in the open call pack

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