Art residencies come in a variety of formats, with programs offering different resources, facilities, durations and structures. But because funded opportunities are important for artists and can be hard to find, in this list we’ve decided to focus on those in particular. Here are some funded art residencies to know about.
This is of course not a complete list. And something to note is that not all of these programs have open calls currently running. But some do, and deadlines may be approaching — we’ve included these details below.
If you’re interested in a virtual residency opportunity, we’ve also put together a list of virtual residencies to check out.
This article was originally published 15.06.2020, and updated 10.08.2020
1. Camargo Foundation
Located in Cassis, France, the Camargo Foundation has been awarding residencies since 1971. The foundation hosts a core residency program each year. And it has organized a further residency program for African-American and African playwrights, and a program focused on artistic engagement with the natural environment, among a number of partnership programs. Its core program is open to artists internationally, supporting research, experimentation, and interdisciplinary approaches. Through 6-11 week residency fellowships, artists and researchers are provided time and space to focus on their work and engage with others. Fellows also receive 250 USD per week, as well as funding for basic transportation to and from Cassis.
2. Akademie Schloss Solitude
Akademie Schloss Solitude is an international residency program located just outside of Stuttgart, Germany. Established in 1990, the program is designed to offer time and space for young artists to work and research free from the pressures and distractions of everyday life. The Akademie provides residents with a fully equipped living/working studio, a monthly fellowship grant of € 1,200, and covers travel expenses for arrival and departure to the program.
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Today, meet Farah Barqawi (@farah_barqawi_ )! She is a Palestinian author, artist, and feminist activist. Since her childhood, she has been living in transit; between parents, cities, projects, and experiences. Her work draws from this lifelong transit, from her feminism, and from different questions about love, friendship, daughterhood, loss, and healing. During her 6-month long stay at Akademie Schloss Solitude, she has been exploring the »not-doing« as a state of being; how to dismantle patterns of thoughts, feelings, and actions in a world of constant movement. Her exploration got magnified under the lenses of the lockdown due to COVID-19. During her time of »not-doing«, she has been walking, reading comics and children’s books, singing around the castle, meditating, and writing new poems for her upcoming first poetry collection »What Would She do?«. Farah will be performing her solo »Baba, Come to Me« at the Solitude Micro Summer Festival, on July 11 and July 18, 2020 at 7 pm at the Solitude barn. Photo: Mohammad Ammar #fellowfriday #akademiesolitude #jeanjacquesrousseaufellowship #literature
3. Berlin-Lagos Residency Program
This residency program is cooperatively run and organized by institutions in Berlin and Lagos to facilitate an exchange between the two cities. Towards this aim, artists and curators from Lagos and Berlin are able to live and work in the other location for a period of time, receiving support and access to local networks. The residency program covers accommodation and studio in Lagos or Berlin, flight costs Berlin-Lagos/Lagos-Berlin, visa fee, and per diems. Currently, it is organized by the Goethe-Institut Nigeria in cooperation with 16/16 residency in Lagos and ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, SAVVY Contemporary, and Galerie Wedding in Berlin.
There are no calls currently running for the Berlin-Lagos Residency Program. The residencies usually take place in autumn, with open calls issued earlier in the year. But each of the organizing institutions has a full program of exciting events and opportunities throughout the year. So stay tuned via their channels to learn more and keep up to date on the next residency call.
4. IPRC BI/POC Artist & Writer Residency
The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) in Portland, Oregon offers support, tools, and resources for the independent art and literary publishing community. The center runs print workshops, a certificate program, summer youth camps, and more. Last year, IPRC initiated a residency program to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists and writers in the Portland Metro Area. Residents are provided time, a $3,000 stipend, staff and community support, as well as access to the studio, facilities, and equipment on site. As housing is not provided by IPRC, the residencies are primarily available to Portland-based artists and writers.
Applications for 2020 are closed and the awardees have been announced. Follow IPRC on Instagram and check their website for news on future calls, opportunities, and further programming.
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We’re so happy to announce the 2020 awardees of the IPRC Artists & Writers in Residence Program! Salimatu Amabebe (@salimatuamabebe) is a chef and an artist. They’ll be working on a project called Black Convenience, which reimagines the food packaging of a minimart to celebrate Black history and lineage. Laura Medina (@lil___lau) y Angela Saenz (@angelamareesaenz) are artists and educators who will be collaborating on an interactive multimedia publication for their project, Maracuya con Leche. Jessica Mehta (@bookscatsyoga) is an interdisciplinary artist and poet working at the intersection of digital media. She’ll be working on emBODY poetry, a project that incorporates both VR and screen printed objects. Paulina Ramirez (@lapaushi) is a visual artist and DJ who will be working on a zine project about music, race identity, politics, as well as the workshop series Escuelita de la Memory. Susan Sondheim is an artist and writer. She’ll be creating an illustrated zine with essays about the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU). And Melanie Stevens (@brownivyx) is a writer and artist who will create the textile installation If You’re Watching This It’s Too Late, and the corresponding 10-Part graphic mini-zine horror/historical series Retribution. These artists and writers will receive funding and support to develop or complete a project over an intensive summer residency. We’re so thrilled to support each of their work! More soon... (Thanks to @Meyermemorialtrust and @regionalarts for funding and support!)
5. Light Work
Light Work was founded in 1973 as an artist-run nonprofit organization, which supports emerging and under-represented artists working in photography and related media. The organization carries out this mission via a residency program, access to lab facilities, grants, publications, and more. Housed at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, each year the residency program hosts twelve to fifteen artists on site for one month. Artists-in-residence receive a $5,000 stipend, a furnished apartment, private digital studio, private darkroom, 24-hour access to the facilities, and staff support.
Applications to their latest call closed on July 1, 2020.
6. Tusen Takk Artist Residency
Tusen Takk Foundation is a new independent non-profit organization in Leland, Michigan, which opens in 2021. The foundation seeks to give artists, writers, and composers solitary time and space to work on current projects or explore new directions in their work. Three- to twelve-week residencies will be available to emerging and established artists. The residency provides an honorarium of $625/week, as well as housing, access to facilities, staff, resources, and the organization’s network.
7. INTERGENERATIONAL LGBT ARTIST RESIDENCY
The INTERGENERATIONAL LGBT ARTIST RESIDENCY (ILGBTAR) is a program for LGBTQ2+ visual artists in Canada. It takes place on Toronto Island at the artist retreat centre Artscape Gibraltar Point. The two-week residency offers studio space, travel support, a food stipend, and free room and board. And it’s open to established and emerging LGBTQ2+ artists of any age residing in Canada.
8. Black Rock Senegal
Black Rock Senegal residency program was initiated and developed by artist Kehinde Wiley. Resident artists, writers, and filmmakers are invited to live and work onsite at Black Rock in Dakar for one to three months, joining Wiley at his studio. Last year, 2019-2020, was the inaugural year of the program. The residency offers room and board, as well as individual studio space and a modest stipend for incidentals and additional art supplies. In addition, Black Rock organizes and provides funding for travel within Senegal, with further travel expenses arranged on a case-by-case basis.
Stay tuned via Black Rock Senegal’s channels for application updates for the second year of the program.
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What does it feel like to be weightless...? This is one of the main questions that artist Kambui Olujimi explored over the course of his two month residency at Black Rock. Kambui’s ongoing research uses weightlessness— defined as the state of freedom a body can find if it escapes gravitational forces— as a means to reconsider and re-examine the condition of black bodies under systems of oppression. Kambui’s scientific explorations are manifested in his works on paper, where he depicts various states of bodies in space using watercolors, ink, and found materials he sourced throughout Dakar. #KambuiOlujimi #kehindewiley #blackrocksenegal #artists #blackbody #weightlessness #gravity #blackbody #weightlessness #gravity #apesanteur #corps @kambuiolujimi @kehindewiley
9. Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale
Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale (NKD) in Norway arranges workshops, seminars, and exhibitions, as well as an international residency program. The program is designed to provide artists and curators time and space to focus on their work. A residency at NKD includes a monthly grant of NOK 10,000, up to NOK 5,000 to cover travel costs, free living and working spaces, and access to facilities and equipment. Two- to four-month residencies are available for visual artists, designers and architects. And curators can apply for a one-month residency.
Check back on NKD’s website for news about upcoming deadlines.
This one is a short-term experimental residency. 𝑂𝑈𝑇𝑆𝐼𝐷𝐸𝐼𝑁𝐼𝑁𝑆𝐼𝐷𝐸𝑂𝑈𝑇𝐼𝑁𝑆𝐼𝐷𝐸𝑂𝑈𝑇𝑂𝑈𝑇𝑆𝐼𝐷𝐸𝐼𝑁 is a curated series featuring happenings, performances, site-specific audio and visual installations that take place within natural environments. The program takes the form of a 12-day laboratory, located in and around Torhaus Wehlen Gallery, in Stadt Wehlen, Germany. Artists are provided with a limited travel budget within Europe, a modest artist fee (dependent upon available funding), food, a shared room in the gallery with access to common working spaces, and access to equipment.
11. Artistes en Résidence
Founded in 2011, Artistes en Résidence is located in downtown Clermont-Ferrand in France. Its programs are designed to support visual artists by providing work space, accommodation, and financial assistance. Earlier this year, the organization launched a call for a new residency format — the Intramuros Residency – 100 Days. As the name suggests, this program offers a residency onsite for 100 days. To offer flexibility, residents are able to divide their 100 days into multiple shorter stays in Clermont-Ferrand throughout the year.
Keep track via the organization’s website for announcements and future calls.