Is a Residency Right for You?
Stepping away from your usual environment can be conducive to the creative process. A residency allows artists and creative individuals to do just that.
WHAT ARE RESIDENCIES?
Residencies are an under-utilized opportunity for all creatives, beyond just the traditional definition of an artist. Many designers, photographers, filmmakers, writers etc. complete residency programs too. Residency programs exist to invite creatives to reside within the premises of an institution or organization to produce work for an extended period of time.
HOW TO PURSUE A RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Find a residency program that is right for you! There are many residencies of all sizes across the globe. They will feel different and your experience can vary based on which one you chose.
Do your research and make sure you know what to expect!
Figure out the deadlines:
Applications to residency programs are typically due 7 months prior to placement
Be sure to work on your portfolio
Do this while you are researching and applying
Pick images that represent your best work.
Think about picking the ones that work best for a certain program
THE TYPICAL APPLICATION
A general application to a residency may looklike:
A proposal about your work
Why are you applying to this residencyArtist statement
Your artist portfolio
Choose a good variety of your best work
Make sure your images are good-quality
Potential application questions and/or essays
THE TYPICAL APPLICATION
There are large databases of residencies readily available! Many of them give you options to sort by deadline, duration, location, and discipline. These include:
Residency Unlimited http://www.residencyunlimited.org
Alliance of Artists Communities https://www.artistcommunities.org
Rate My Residency https://ratemyartistresidency.com
New York Foundation for the Arts https://www.nyfa.org/
The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation http://www.narsfoundation.org/
Residencies are available to artist seeking a retreat to create. They are founded on the belief that at some point during an artist’s career she or he may have neither the desired space nor required time to create.
- Alexa Scull, ArtBound Initiative Team
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