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We are a non-profit artist led project based near Oxford. We have been hosting residencies, 

curating exhibitions and performance art since 2010.

COU COU is an artist led non profit project based near Oxford UK.

We invite applications from artists to exhibit, screen or perform work. 


COU COU curates performance and participatory art and works with partner arts organisations to do so.

COU COU encourages dialogue between artists, curators and offers the studio as a shared critical context.

COU COU supports artists through mentoring and opportunities for professional development by facilitating residencies and collaborative projects with emerging and mid career artists in the UK and internationally. We especially welcome artists with connection to Oxford and mature women artists.

COU COU shares its activities with an art going audience and in the wider community through exhibitions, talks and events.

COU COU curator is artist Clare Carswell MA(RCA) who founded the project in 2010. UK performance artist Peta Lloyd co-curates the BIDDY project for older women artists and performance platform events. Guest curators are invited to develop projects and to support selection of artists.


To apply for a residency or for the BIDDY project contact us with your proposal and links to your website. We are happy to meet you

to chat over your ideas.


COU COU because our curatorial presence is as a creative cuckoo inhabiting a physical or conceptual nest which we invite others to share.

COU COU the call of the cuckoo, is recognised

everywhere and embodies our aim to use the

universal language of creativity to communicate.

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