Making Space for Your Practice: Upcoming Residency Opportunities

Uninterrupted time for art making is precious and too often elusive. A residency can reinvigorate an idling practice or provide essential time to finish a big project. The list below has something for artists of all disciplines with opportunities in international metropolises and remote villages.

An artist-in-residence at Fjúk Arts Centre making a sound recording in a local lake

An artist-in-residence at Fjúk Arts Centre in Iceland making a sound recording in a local lake

Finding the right residency at the right time can be overwhelming and the competition for funded residencies and grants is tough. You can learn what gives your next application a competitive edge in Grant & Residencies, led by Graywolf Press Founder Ethan Nosowsky. Register for Ethan’s webinar on September 30 at 7:00pm ET to learn more about locating opportunities and choosing the right program for you.
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Beirut Artist Residency
Beirut, Lebanon
Deadline: August 30, 2015
This artist-in-residence program aims to stimulate creativity through interaction with the local environment, artists and cultural institutions, and seeks to foster cross-cultural relations between participants and the local artistic community in Beirut.
Fjúk Arts Centre Residency
Húsavík, Iceland
Deadline: August 30, 2015
Húsavík is a small village of 2300 people in the remote northeast of Iceland.
They accept proposals from all disciplines; some may take inspiration from the local wildlife and nature, while others may be interested in creating something with a less direct influence from the surroundings. Artists-in-residence may stay for one to six months.
Art House Messen
Ålvik, Norway
Deadline: September 1, 2015
Kunstnarhuset Messen (Art House Messen) is an art centre in the heart of the Hardangerfjord regionsituated in the small village of Ålvik. At Kunstnarhuset Messen, you will live and work together with other international artists as well as artists from the region. There are seven artists from the region working in the house on a daily basis with room for up to five guests to stay in the house.
Dansearena Nord – Residency for dancers and choreographers
Hammerfest, Norway
Deadline: September 1, 2015; February 1, 2016
Dansearena nord in Hammerfest, Norway offers choreographers, dancers and others working with dance and movement the opportunity to apply for Artist in Residence. Their residency house is close to the city center, approx. five minutes walk from the Arctic Cultural Center.
Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) New Materiality
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Deadline: September 2, 2015
Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) New Materiality is a contemporary art residency that challenges participants to engage with materials in unconventional ways and push the boundaries of traditional artistic mediums. This five-week intensive residency gives residents the chance to create, research, and experiment surrounded by the rich landscape of Alberta’s Banff National Park.
Animation Artist in Residence
Tokyo, Japan
Deadline: September 10, 2015
This program is organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan. Three outstanding young animation artists from around the world are offered the opportunity to come to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture. It aims to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture.
Creating Territorialities Residency at UNIDEE
Biella, Italy
Deadline: September 13, 2015
Creating Territorialities is a research-oriented residency program, aimed at investigating notions and forms of “territoriality.” The weekly residency aims at investigating the creation of new forms of territoriality, while attempting to reinvent the cultural denomination of places and their assigned “functions.”
Space + Time Artist Residency
Guttenberg, New Jersey
Deadline: September 13, 2015
Guttenberg Arts understands the financial difficulty facing artists of all levels and seeks to support their creative endeavors at our studio with the Space and Time Artist Residency or STAR program. STAR provides artists with stipends and material, travel, and housing grants in conjunction with a professionally equipped workspace for the visual arts including printmaking and ceramics.
Glasslåven Arts Centre Residency
Gran, Norway
Deadline: September 15, 2015
Glasslåven Arts Centre is a colocation of artists located in historical and scenic surroundings approximately one hour north of Oslo. Glasslåven (the ”glass barn”) is a barn building from 1880 conserved and rebuilt following ecological principals. The building offers production space for artists to rent on a short or long term basis. Accommodation is offered free of charge in the residency house next door to the centre.
NARS Foundation International Residency Program
Brooklyn, New York
Deadline: October 1, 2015
This program offers 24/7 access to studio spaces in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Residency artists benefit from a community driven program and the ongoing dialogue between fellow residency artists. Residents also have the advantage of working alongside emerging and established NYC based artists in the studio facilities, who retain space year round.
The Harpo Foundation’s Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Artist Fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a handsomely appointed room with private bath, a beautiful, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend. There are no requirements on the work produced during their time at SFAI.
Jan van Eyck Academie Residencies
Maastricht, Netherlands
Deadline: October 1, 2015
The Jan van Eyck Academie is a postgraduate institute open for artists, designers, photographers, (landscape) architects, writers, critics and curators from all over the world. Accepted participants receive a monthly stipend and advising among other other benefits.
100 W Residency
Corsicana, Texas
Deadline: November 1, 2015
100 W offers two fully funded, 6-week residencies for one artist and one writer between January and May 2016. Accepted artists and writers residencies have the opportunity to create work in a historic building repurposed for studio space. 100 W maintains a close connection with Dallas art culture less than an hour away from downtown Corsicana.
Signal Culture Residencies
Owego, New York
Deadline: November 1, 2015
The Signal Culture Artist in Residence program offers time, space and studio access for artists in the field of experimental media art. The Artist Studio features a wide range of media tools, both new and old, for use in a real time audio/video/data processing system. They create a space for experimentation and for artists to develop a dialogue with the range of tools available. They do not expect artists to create finished works, but rather to spend time exploring conceptual and material practices.
Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program
Brooklyn, New York

Deadline: November 5, 2015
The Artist Studio Program was launched in 2000 in response to the crisis of available of affordable space for artists living and working in New York City. The program provides six eligible artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space accessible 24/7 and a $5,000 fellowship. The program runs for an eleven-month period from June to May.
The Bogliasco Foundation Fellowships
Bogliasco, Italy

Deadline: January 15, 2016
Located in the fishing village of Bogliasco near Genoa, in a region of extraordinary beauty whose landscape has stimulated creative expression for centuries, the Bogliasco Foundation offers one-month residencies to individuals who can demonstrate notable achievement in the Arts and Humanities: those disciplines that seek to understand our place in the world, shaping and defining what it means to be human.

Residency Programs with Rolling Applications or Ongoing Deadlines

Battambang, Cambodia
Sammaki means “Unity” in Khmer. It is a completely free community center offering free workshops, exhibitions, screenings, and artists talks by local artists as well as international artists and researchers. Sammaki has also hosted various festivals and events such as The Angkor Art Explo and the Interfilm short film festival. In exchange for organizing programming, the center provides a free residencies to international artists.
Spread Art Residency
Detroit, MI
Spread Art’s Detroit-based Artist Residency Program invites local, regional, national and international artists to develop and present work in collaboration with the creative communities of Detroit. Spread Art residencies provide housing, rehearsal and/or studio space, event and/or exhibition opportunities, and introductions to Detroit artists, venues, and more through residency dinners and additional social opportunities.
Visual Futures Lab Residency
New York, NY
The Visible Futures Lab at the School of Visual Arts exists to further the theory and practice of interaction and product design through structured explorations of emerging technologies, systems, and behaviors in identified areas of research interest. Residents will research and develop projects that explore and expand the philosophy of the Visible Futures Lab. Residencies last 7 weeks and provide a stipend.  Digital Fabrication, Electronics, and Work Shop tools are all accessible and should be explored during the course of the Residency.
MeetingInZdonov Residency
Zdonov, Czech Republic
The residencies in Zdonov are described as very calm and in nature. It offers spacious workplaces and a rich natural environment to explore and to use in your work. MeetingInZdonov encourages collaboration and interdisciplinary work.
Alaskan Wilderness Residency
Port Alsworth, AK
The remote Chulitna Lodge Artist-In-Residence Program aims to provide the time, space, clarity, and facilities for all forms of creative professionals to make and meditate. They encourage seasoned professionals and emerging artists, as well as enthusiastic hobbyists, to apply for their programs.
Spark Box Studio
Picton, Ontario, Canada
Spark Box Studio’s Artist Residency Program provides live/work space to accommodate both emerging and professional printmakers, photographers, painters, illustrators and writers. Artists-in-residence have access to a professional studio as well as professional development resources.
MeetFactory Residence
Prague, Czech Republic
This international  program was established in 2007 and is the largest studio program in the Czech Republic. MeetFactory facilitates fifteen studios, which annually host over thirty visual artists, curators, musicians, theater directors and writers. They foster the involvement of artists in residence within the programming of MeetFactory (open studios, presentations, Public House, Museum Night, etc.) and its three exhibition spaces (exhibitions, performances, guided tours), as well as in the context of the greater Czech and Central European art scenes.
Interested in learning more about the value and availability of residencies in particular? At the 2013 Creative Capital Awardee Orientation, artists Richard Move, Mark Shepard and Deb Olin Unferth shared their experiences with artist residencies. Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, spoke about different types of residencies and shared tips for getting accepted. You can listen online to an edited podcast of this session, or subscribe to Creative Capital podcasts through iTunes.
Ready to move forward with your own applications? Join Ethan Nosowsky’s Applying for Grants & Residencies: Strategies for Writers webinar on Thursday, September 24 at 7:00pm ET.
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