For centuries the city has been a source of inspiration for artists. But while its sensory stimulation might fuel the creative soul, its neon highs are sobered by rising rents and lack of affordable studio spaces.
Thankfully artist-in-residence programmes are here to help. Laid on by galleries, cultural foundations, hotels and schools, they offer spaces where creatives can live and work for free in some of the world’s most exhilarating and expensive cities.
From starchitects’ crash-pads to five-star hotels, we’ve rounded up eight of the most enviable urban residency spaces for artists and architects.
Every winter from January through March, creative individuals, collaborations, and performing ensembles are awarded the gift of time and space at our beautiful Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Sisters, Oregon, for monthlong residencies.
Residencies are open to national and international artists in any discipline, as well as creative thinkers in culinary arts, design, engineering, and the sciences. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students are eligible. Residency positions for parent artists are available. Click here for more information and bios on our current 2017 Artists in Residence.
Caldera is currently accepting applications for residencies in winter 2018. Residency periods will be January 5–30, 2018; February 2–27, 2018; and March 2–27, 2018. Applications are now open until June 16, 2017.
The Studios at MASS MoCA provides residencies up to 8 weeks for artists and writers, hosted by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program. Selected artists receive private studio space on MASS MoCA’s campus, newly renovated housing, free access to the museum’s galleries throughout the residency, financial and business coaching from Assets for Artists staff, and free use of Makers’ Mill, a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace located a short walk from the Studios.
Applications are currently accepted through July 6, 2017, for residency sessions between October 13, 2017, and April 2, 2018. No application fee.
Learn more at The Studios at MASS MoCA
The Luxembourg Art Prize aims to reveal and promote talented artists who have yet to establish a profile on the contemporary international scene. Its function is to discover artists, and it is open to any artist, amateur or professional, with no limits on age, nationality or place of residence. The Prize is aimed at artists working in one or more of the following media: drawing, printing, installation, painting, performance, photography, digital art, sculpture, sound art, video, mixed media, decorative art (textiles and material, glass, wood, metal, ceramics, mosaic, paper or other techniques).
- No age limit on submissions
- Open to amateur and professional artists
- All nationalities are eligible
- Open to artists from all the countries of the world
- Entry for the Luxembourg Art Prize 2017 is subject to the payment of an entry fee to be paid on-line.
- Candidates’ entries must be completed on-line in the Candidate Space by 31 May 2017 at midnight.
- A grant of 25,000 euros is awarded by the gallery for the 2017 edition of the prize.
More information and entry form here: Prize for the emerging artist of the year – Luxembourg Art Prize
The Embassy of Foreign Artists is a unique place for artists to live, work, conduct research, and share ideas. Our spaces inspire all stages of the creative process, from initial experimentation and reflection to the presentation of more finished work…EoFA is a crucial part of Geneva’s artistic community, sought out by established and emerging artists both in Switzerland and abroad.
Applications are now open, you must submit it before the 30th of April 2017, at midnight, local time (UTC+2). http://www.eofa.ch/en/applications/
Interested in a creative future in North Adams, Massachusetts?
If you’ve been looking for a place with abundant natural beauty, affordable real estate, small-town charm and convenience, and a lively cultural community…. You’ve just found it. And Assets for Artists is now inviting applications for assistance to artists who intend to relocate here in 2017!
The deadline is April 25, 2017.
Located in a rich urban context, PlatteForum’s dynamic, artist-centered residencies engage this community in the creation of new work where artists, youth, and the public collaborate. Preference will be given to artists whose work addresses the larger questions in our world today such as race, class, social and ecological issues. In doing this we hope to provoke dialogue that helps shape our public narratives and cultural conversations.
• Residency Schedule: Six-to-eight-week residency between the dates of
September 2017 – August 2018
• Artist Benefits: Six-to-eight-week residency, a weekly stipend ($250)
• Community Engagement: Share ideas with and demonstrate process to a diverse group
of youth in structured workshops (approximately 4-6 hours per week, supported by staff).
Applications for Associate Artist Residencies (2018) are now open until the end on April 2017.
By providing affordable studio and living space, residencies and awards, opportunities and other support, Acme has supported over 7,000 artists since 1972. Associate Artist Residencies (AAR) enable international artists and funders to form short-term relationships with Acme for individual artist residencies. They enable artists to apply directly to Acme and to access the networks and opportunities previously only available through residencies with our partner organisations.
A.I.R. Studio Paducah, now in its 13th year as an artist residency program, is situated in the heart of the LowerTown Arts District, Paducah, Kentucky. Since 2004, creatives from around the country and abroad have passed through A.I.R. doors to make the most of the space and a stretch of undistracted time…
Information can be found here: https://airstudiopaducah.com/
Announcing Selected Nonprofits and Call for Creative Professionals
Join AIGA DC’s first-ever CreateAthon on March 24–25, 2017! This 24-hour creative marathon brings together local creative professionals to produce marketing materials for local nonprofits—pro bono.
Now we are looking for creative professionals (and students) to work on the selected projects below. Bring your talents and passion to do good, and AIGA DC will provide you with an opportunity to practice your skills for the benefit of local nonprofits; a chance to co-create with like-minded creative; and PLENTY of food, snacks, and beverages throughout the 24-hour period.