Friday, November 30, 2012

The Southern African Journalists' Bursary

The next selection of IJP-Fellows will be 2013. 

The International Journalists‘ Programmes (IJP) offer a bursary to up to six young Southern African (SADC-Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe + Kenia) and up to five young German journalists. For two months the Southern African delegates will have the chance to work in Germany. They will be integrated into the day-to-day journalism of their host newsroom while also researching stories for their home media.
It is assumed that all candidates have a strong command of the English language. German language abilities are an advantage but are not mandatory. 

The Southern African-German Journalists‘ Programme is a multiyear effort to shape an integrated understanding of the other country and region and to foster relations between Africa and Germany. It has been offered as a response to concerns about an increasing political and cultural detachment between Africa and Europe. The bursary is intended to enable young journalists to gain valuable insights into the political, economical, cultural as well as the social fabric of the host country.
For all selected IJP-Fellows the Programme starts with an Introductory Conference for all delegates. This will allow the participants from Southern Africa to familiarise themselves with the host country. After that they will work for several weeks with media houses before going out to undertake individual research within Germany. Applicants are asked to submit their preferences for the newspaper, radio or TV station or news agency they would like to work with. The possible location will be chosen by the IJP organisers in dialogue with each delegate. It is expected that former and new participants assist one another with regard to accommodation and contacts.

The Southern African Bursary

In cooperation with the Federal Government, the former Federal President Mr. Horst Köhler has established the Partnership with Africa initiative. A group of reform-minded African Heads of State and Government have accepted his invitation to discuss the relationship between the countries of Africa and the industrialized nations with some 25 representatives of civil society and the political and business communities of Africa and Germany at two conferences in Bonn and Accra.
“What I want to do is raise awareness that we are all part of the human family, that we inhabit one and the same world and are all dependent upon one another. And yes, there is a moral dimension, too, I want to highlight the need for a global ethic. I believe we need to discuss issues of social justice more and more in a global and not merely in a national context.”

Interview given by former Federal President Mr. Horst Köhler to the weekly DIE ZEIT, issue 42, 13 October 2005.
The IJP Southern African Journalists‘ Programme tries to achieve the same goals. Deepening the dialogue between Africa and Germany and establishing real partnership between the countries of Africa and the industrialized nations in Europe.

Mode of Payment

The Southern African delegates receive a fixed payment of 3,000 Euro. This is expected to cover most of their travel, accommodation and living expenses. No further payments will be made: delegates are expected to use their own funds for any further costs. Payment for their work with the host media is not envisaged. To receive the full grant participants are obliged to write a report of at least three pages and provide copies of their published journalistic work after returning home.


All journalists from Southern Africa (SADC Member States and Kenia) between the age of 25 and 40 who regularly work for a media organisation can apply.
1.       Enclose a CV with a passport photograph.

Write a 800 word essay addressing the following topics:
  • Why you would like to work in Germany
  • What you expect from the IJP and what you think you can contribute to it?
  • What are the 3 research topics you want to pursue during the fellowship?
  • What role you expect to play at your home media in the future?
  • How you will spend the bursary?
3.       Include a one-page resume detailing your education and work experience, your standard of German and English (copies of certificates/ e.g. Goethe Institut/Toefel), plus 2 copies of articles written by you (TV and radio journalists must type up their reports since no audio or video tapes can be considered)
4.       A journalistic reference from your editor or head of department is required (freelancers should submit a reference from a senior journalist). It should also guarantee your leave of absence for the duration of the program.
Applicants are asked to send the application documents (E-Mail) not before November 15th, 2012 and until January 15th, 2013 to the following address:


Through its foreign programmes, the IJP support journalists in two ways: It provides access to new career horizons for participants. Secondly, it promotes Germany abroad and contributes to more differentiated reporting of foreign affairs in the German media. At the same time, the IJP foster professional and personal contacts amongst journalists. This is the aim of the IJP's alumni network. More than 1.000 journalists have taken part in IJP programmes since 1988.
The world-wide IJP alumni network is unique. Many former delegates of IJP programmes now work as foreign editors or hold other leading positions in the international media industry. Exchange of ideas between them and participants of more recent IJP programmes is an important aim of IJP alumni activities. Regular IJP alumni events and newsletters keep all former participants up to date on the programmes and on colleagues with whom they have in many cases developed very good personal contacts and become friends. Meetings such as regular (annual) alumni dinners as well as informal events such as picnics, brunches and boat trips are all part of IJP alumni reunion activities.

Partner Media

MISA - Media Institute for Southern Africa

Media organisations in Southern Africa which have contributed in the past include:
Dem. Republic of Kongo: Radio Nationale Congolaise
Malawi: Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS)
Lesotho: Public Eye Newspaper
Mocambique: Radio Mocambique
Sambia: The Post Newspaper, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation
South Africa: SABC, e-tv, The Star, Business Day, Business Report, Sunday Times, Cape Argus, Cape Times, Democracy Radio Idasa etc.
Zimbabwe: Zimonline News Agency
German media organisations which have contributed in the past include: ARD-Aktuell, Associated Press, Deutsche Welle, Deutschlandradio, Elmshorner Nachrichten, Financial Times Deutschland, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntags Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, Handelsblatt, N24, RBB, RTL, Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Tagesspiegel, die tageszeitung, Welt am Sonntag etc.

USArtists International funding for international arts festivals/engagements

USArtists International (USAI) is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of expression of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that the creative and professional development of American artists is enhanced through participation at significant international festivals.  Performances at important festivals provide American artists with opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices with their colleagues in other countries, as well as exposure to new and larger audiences.  It is our hope that participation of exemplary artists from the United States in international festivals will help develop audiences for, and greater appreciation of, the excellence, diversity and vitality of the American performing arts.

Through USAI, grants are available to American dance, music and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside of the United States. 

USAI continues the important tradition in the United States of public and private sectors working collaboratively to support the arts.  USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Applications are submitted to Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. 

Contact: Karen Newell
Phone: 410.539.6656
Grant link:
Deadline: 12-07-2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

iF Concept Design Award 2013

•Application Deadline

For the third time there will be a special prize as part of the iF Concept Design Award: the "Hansgrohe Preis 2013: Efficient Water Design", calling for entries on the theme of "My Open Shower Space".

There is no entry fee.

Deadline: January 10, 2013


The competition is open to students and graduates in the fields of design, architecture, marketing and engineering from all over the world.


The iF Concept Design Award has a total prize money of EUR 30,000 (approx. 38,500 USD).

The Hansgrohe Preis 2013 comes with a total prize money of 5,000 EUR (approx. 6,500 USD).

For more info:

The iF Concept Design Award is one of the world’s most important design competitions for young design talent - with approx. 11,000 entries in 2012 alone.

CUCHIFRITOS Gallery Call for Artists

CUCHIFRITOS Gallery & Project Space provides exhibition opportunities to hundreds of independent curators and emerging underrepresented artists. Its location inside the Essex Street Market creates a distinct opportunity to directly engage with the local community about contemporary art. Artists Alliance Inc is interested in promoting contemporary artwork in all media, to be shown within a local community setting, though we do not promote community-based art. We seek exhibitions featuring the work of emerging and underrepresented contemporary artists and the curators who seek to exhibit these artistsʼ work in a clear and concise context. In addition, we are particularly interested in exhibits that may relate to the Essex Market or Lower East Side area.

OPEN CALL | Deadline: December 15, 2012

We are pleased to invite independent curators and arts professionals to submit exhibition proposals to be considered for the 2013-2014 Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space schedule.
Selection Process
Reviewed by the Artists Alliance Inc Curatorial Advisory Committee–comprised of representatives from the local contemporary arts community–accepted proposals will be selected based on conceptual vigor and artistic quality. Consideration will also be given to the individual/group’s ability to meet the artistic mission of Artists Alliance Inc and Cuchifritos Gallery. Successful applicants will articulate a particular need to exhibit within Cuchifritos Gallery and the surrounding community.
When submitting proposals, please carefully review and follow the submission guidelines outlined below. Please note, you do not have to be a professionally trained curator to submit a proposal as submissions will be judged on merit; however, previous exhibition experience will be weighed as an important factor in the selection process. We strongly encourage one, two, and three artist exhibitions, given the smaller scale of the gallery space.

Selection Criteria
-     Quality of the proposed exhibition [preference given to new and site-specific work]
-     Need to exhibit in Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space [based on Project Proposal]
-     Project Feasibility [based on Project Description]
-     Artistic Merit and Professional Record [based on artist(s) and curator(s) bios, CV, and work samples]
-     All artists and curators, regardless of age, gender, or nationality
-     Artists and curators who are currently enrolled in a college or university program are not  eligible to apply

Submission Guidelines:
1.   Proposal sentence: one concise sentence summarizing your exhibition
2.   Project Proposal (max 300 words) please address the following points:
–         Exhibition description outlining conceptual and thematic goals
–         Artist(s) to be exhibited
–         Checklist of work to be shown
–         Specific interest in Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space
(Please note: Curators who make art may not include their own work in their proposal.)
3.     Background
–         Curator(s) CV and bio (max 100 words)
–         Artist(s) CV and artist statement (max 100 words)
4.     Sample Work (max 10 images total) at 72 dpi minimum, JPGs
5.     Image List with name, title, year, dimensions, and medium. Include a brief sentence describing the work submitted.

Deadline: December 15, 2012
Proposals should be addressed with the subject line Open Call 2012 and emailed to
Additional Information:
Stipends: We offer modest stipends for curators and participating artists, dependent upon funding resources.
Exhibition Information: Duration of exhibits run for 4-6 weeks and are typically scheduled 12-18 months in advance.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 6pm (Please note that the gallery is also open by appointment and closed on all major holidays)

BUILD: NYC Dance Company Grants

NYFA is pleased to announce updates to the BUILD Program this year. The application will be due January 8, 2013, with final award decisions announced in February. Categories from previous years will be combined into one applicant pool, with awards of $5,000. The application requirements will be more flexible and streamlined to address the needs of our constituents. BUILD will continue to fund infrastructure and capacity building as well as provide general operating support so that time and resources are available to support the artistic process. In addition to the granting cycle, NYFA will also be presenting educational seminars throughout the year for dancers and dance companies alike.
Please download and review the BUILD Application Guidelines here.

The BUILD Online Application is available here.

Applicants must complete a Budget Form, available for download here. Budget Forms should be submitted via email to Lauren van Haaften-Schick,

Congratulations to our 2011 BUILD Awardees
Carrie Ahern Dance
Corbin Dances Inc
Danza Espana/ASDT Inc
Luciana Achugar Company
Roseanne Spradlin/Performance Projects
Yin Mei Dance
Big Tree Productions Inc
Company Nora Chipaumire
Jonah Bokaer-Choreographer-Media Artist
Moving Theater
Above and Beyond Dance
Artichoke Dance Company
Ballet Noir
Company SoGoNo
JKing Dance Company
Lane & Co
Peter Kyle Dance
Vangeline Theater Inc
Yung-Li Dance

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Reuters offers fellowships to writing, reporting class

Journalists can apply for fellowships to attend a course in London.

TrustMedia, a Thomson Reuters Foundation Service, offers a writing and reporting course March 4 - 8.

Applicants must be currently working as a journalist or regular contributor to media organizations. They must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, must have at least two years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English.
Full bursaries are available for journalists from the developing world/countries in political transition working for organizations with no resources for training. Bursaries include return air travel (economy class), accommodation and a modest living allowance.

Part-funded bursaries are available for journalists from the developing world/countries in political transition who work for organizations that have limited resources for training. In this instance Thomson Reuters Foundation waives the tuition cost, and participants will be expected to cover travel and accommodation costs. In exceptional circumstances, journalists from the developed world will be considered for part-funded bursaries.

Thomson Reuters Foundation also offers training for journalists from any region from an organization that has the resources to fully cover the costs of the program.

The application deadline is December 12.
For more information, click here

Cove Park Visual Arts Residencies 2013

Cove Park will award a minimum of two visual arts residencies, of between one to three months each, to take place during our May to September 2013 programme. UK and international artists are welcome to apply. We will also award one one-month residency to an emerging visual artist based in Scotland.

Previous visual arts residents include: Roderick Buchanan, Mike Cooter, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Kate Davis, Mariana Castillo Deball, Chris Evans, Ruth Ewan, Graham Fagen, Luke Fowler, Michael Fullerton, Maria Fusco, Ilana Halperin, Matt Keegan, Sean Lynch, Duncan Marquiss, Olivia Plender, James Richards, Simon Starling, Stephen Sutcliffe, Alison Turnbull, Jan Verwoert.
Application Guidelines are available to download here:

The deadline for all visual arts applications is Friday 7 December 2012.

Cove Park Literature Residencies

Deadline 14 January 2013

In 2013 Cove Park will award a minimum of two Literature Residencies, of between one and three months each, for Scottish, UK and international writers. These residencies will take place during May to September 2013. Applications are invited from established writers of short and long fiction; poetry; literary non-fiction; work that crosses these genres and also writers who have made their reputation in one field and wish to develop in another. To be eligible for consideration, writers must have published (not self-published) at least one book in their field. Applications are particularly welcomed from writers based in Scotland.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sculpture Space Residence

•Application Deadline


Twenty artists are selected every year. Each receives a stipend
toward residency expenses. The selection is made by the
Sculpture Space Review Committee and a rotating guest panelist.
Artists are notified in March of the panel’s decision. Primary criteria
are quality, originality, and potential for growth. Applications must
be received by December 1st of each year. Free housing and $100
transportation stipend are available for New York State artists.
Artists are requested to credit/acknowledge Sculpture Space
when the work that they make here is subsequently exhibited or
published, and to provide excellent images of their work for our
Web site, archives and publications.

TEL: 315.724.8381
FAX: 315.797.6639

Exhibition Proposals 2013-14 - Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK

Groundbreaking digital gallery - the first of its kind in the UK
Deadline: 04  December 2012
Application fee: none

Proposals for exhibitions are invited from artists interested in exhibiting at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge during the academic year 2013-14. Proposals for digital exhibitions for the Ruskin Digital Gallery are particularly welcomed.

The Ruskin Gallery is a unique exhibition space surrounded by artists' studios on the Anglia Ruskin University Campus, incorporating a groundbreaking digital gallery - the first of its kind in the UK. Open to the general public, all exhibitions are free and carefully selected to provide a singular and memorable gallery-going experience.

With its vaulted ceilings, character and light, the Ruskin Gallery is the perfect backdrop for traditional shows, and the new technology (including the world's first Panasonic 103" 3D Full HD plasma screen and a state-of-the-art Bose audio system) has been installed to complement the building's period character. The new digital technology is fully flexible, allowing both traditional hanging and digital viewing, either independently or simultaneously. The area beneath the main exhibition space has been transformed into a photography gallery and there is also an interactive touch-screen information point.

The Ruskin Gallery enormously enriches the cultural life of our University's staff and students - an experience which we are delighted to be able to share with the wider community.
Further Information

FLAMIN Productions Film Commissions, London

FLAMIN Productions Commissions, London

A major commissioning scheme for London’s artist film-makers.
Deadline: 5 December, 2012
Application fee: none

Film London and Arts Council England present FLAMIN Productions, a major commissioning scheme for London’s artist film-makers. Part of Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network, FLAMIN Productions aims to support the most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image projects with production finance and bespoke mentoring opportunities.
FLAMIN Productions is the only scheme of its kind in the UK. It commissions new, single screen works that are ambitious in premise and duration, with an emphasis on projects that have strong potential to reach audiences through gallery exhibition and screenings.

Over the period 2011/12 to 2014/15, FLAMIN Productions will be investing £360,000 of production funding with awards of between £20,000 to £50,000 available. This is the second call for applications. In this round up to 5 projects will be shortlisted and invited to develop their ideas for resubmission as full production tenders. Projects will then be reassessed for production funding.

Further information and application

Monday, November 26, 2012

Fellowship sends journalists to Russia

Journalists from the United States and the United Kingdom ages 25 to 35 can apply for a fellowship in Russia.

The Alfa Fellowship Program, sponsored by CDS International, is a professional development exchange program that places qualified young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia. The program accepts 10 American and five British citizens.
The program includes four months of language tutoring in the U.S./UK, and four months of language classes in Moscow. Fellows will be placed at host organizations that meet the interests of participants.
Fellows receive travel, free housing, monthly stipends and insurance.

The application deadline is December 1.

For more information, click here

Young Jazz Composer Awards ASCAP Foundation

The Herb Alpert Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation established in the early 1980's, makes significant annual contributions to a range of programs in the fields of Arts, Arts Education and Compassion and Well Being. Its funding is directed toward projects in which Herb and Lani Alpert and Foundation President Rona Sebastian play an active role.

The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards are granted annually to encourage talented young jazz composers. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must be under age 30 as of December 31, 2012. Applicants must submit a completed application form; an original score or chart of one composition accompanied by a CD indicating proper track (if applicable); biographical information listing prior music studies, background and experience. This program was initiated in 2002 and is supported by The Herb Alpert Foundation and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

Phone: 212.621.6219
Grant link:
Deadline: 12-01-2012

Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre Call for Artists

Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre, was set up in 1994. The fruit of the Group’s cultural legacy, is based in Treviso, Italy in a complex restored and enlarged by Tadao Ando.

Fabrica is not a school, advertising agency or university. It is an applied creativity laboratory, a talent incubator, a studio of sorts in which young, modern artists come from all over the world to develop innovative projects and explore new directions in myriad avenues of communication, from design, music and film to photography, publishing and the Internet. These artist-experimenters are accompanied along their research path by leading figures in art and communication, blurring the boundaries of culture and language and transgressing the traditional borders between a diverse range of communication mediums.

Communication research at Fabrica services a wide variety of social causes and disciplines such as economics, social or environmental sciences. Fabrica’s aim is to grasp the future by giving innovative exposure to cultural or scientific projects which open a window onto tomorrow’s world.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and may be written in English or Italian.

Please specify which studio area you are applying for:

You must be 25 or under, speak English well, be open to new ideas and be able to use technical equipment related to your field.
To apply to Fabrica you can upload your portfolio to our website and fill the form on this page.

In alternative, you can send a copy of your portfolio (not the original), your curriculum vitae and a letter of application to the following address (all CD-ROM based portfolios must include a print copy):


I-31020 CATENA DI VILLORBA - TV Telephone +39 0422 516202 - 516111

Please note that materials will not be returned.

If your portfolio meets selection criteria, you will be invited to Fabrica for a trial period of two weeks. Accommodation and lunch (during the week) will be provided, but you will arrange to pay for travel expenses.

If the trial period is successful, you will get a one year scholarship. In 6-8 weeks after you return home, you will receive from Fabrica a communication about the result of the trial period.

Terms of agreement:
The scholarship includes: return trip from your country; accommodation in Treviso (to share with one or two Fabrica grant holders); lunch from Monday to Friday; a monthly money supply to cover living expenses; health insurance for the entire duration of the scholarship.

PEER Residency 2013

PEER has a unique and one-off opportunity to make its gallery spaces available for use by an artist as a site of experimentation, to test new ideas and to consider the space in the wider context of the local community of Hoxton.

We are inviting proposals from UK-based artists (either individuals or groups) to apply for a three-month residency at PEER from mid January to mid April 2013. A stipend of £1,500 will be available.

We cannot answer enquiries by telephone or e-mail. Please refer to the guidelines downloadable below.

All applications must be received as hard copy. We are not able to process any applications that are sent via email. Please send completed application forms to PEER, 97 & 99 Hoxton Street, London N1 6QL.

Deadline for applications:
Wednesday 5 December 2012 at 5pm

Short-listed applicants invited for interview:
Monday 10 December 2012

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Residency period:
Monday 14 January to Sunday 14 April 2013

Video Art Screening For International artists

Experimental film and video art submissions for a one night screening event at The Trestle Gallery. Pieces should explore the advantages of film as means of expression and should employ techniques that are unique to the medium. Videos can be any genre (video art, animation, short movie, music video etc.) Maximum duration 15 mins. Please send links to videos on vimeo/youtube.

Deadline: 12-15-2012
Brooklyn Art Space
Brooklyn, NY

Contact: Mary Negro

Friday, November 23, 2012

Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellowship, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

The Fellow is primarily responsible for exhibition- and/or collection-related research
Deadline: 31 January 2013
Application fee: none

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) is one of Chicago’s major museum institutions and one of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, offering exhibitions, performances, and programs of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945.
Considered one of the premiere curatorial training opportunities in the nation, the MCA’s Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellowship is intended to offer an exceptional graduate-level candidate the opportunity to gain professional curatorial experience in a major museum setting. The Fellow is primarily responsible for exhibition- and/or collection-related research, with additional duties as appropriate to specific projects. As a 12-month commitment, the Fellow is exposed to all aspects of curatorial operations and participates in internal and external communications on a daily basis. With a start date of July 1, 2013, the full-time fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000 plus selected benefits.
The MCA considers exceptional candidates in art history, museum studies, and related fields with a strong emphasis on art historical research and methodology. Qualified applicants must possess an M.A. degree or be in their final year of graduate work. The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Further Information

Call for artists working with film, lens based work and moving image

switch is now issuing an open call to artists working with film, lens based work and moving image to submit work responding to the theme of ‘movements’.

switch is an event that promotes and shows contemporary works of moving image in a public context
switch has to date shown the artworks of 31 international artists who have through the project invited the public into their practice, ideas and viewpoints.
switch locates itself outside of the big city and applies itself to the rhythm of smaller places.
The event itself will be accompanied by a publication & a website.
An artist fee of Euro 250 [incl. VAT] will be paid per selected artist.
There is no entry fee for submissions.
You may enter one work per applicant.
An artists fee of 250 euro [or relevant currency equivalent] will be paid per selected artist for the showing of their work. VAT is applicable..
Selection: A selection panel will consider each submitted film, and may do additional selection by invitation, up until the selection announcement date. The panels decision is final.
Your submission should be a complete screening version, without titles, endcredits and audio. Switch shows moving image works without audio.
You will only be notified if your film has been accepted.
The final selection will be announced on 15th December 2012 on our website:
We regret that we cannot return any submitted DVDs.
The event itself will be accompanied by a publication and a website.
if you are selected….
1. We will require a statement about your work or your practice for the publication and website.
2. Your work will be shown In Nenagh during switch and also on the switch website.
3. In making an application, you agree to the terms of participation.
4. The organisers reserve the right to use the selected works for the purpose of supporting and promoting the switch project.
c/o North Tipperary Arts Office, Civic Offices
Triona Ryan, Limerick Road
Nenagh, Co Tipperary, Ireland
tel: +353(87)7777234, 0044 (75) 40418651

Lucas Dolega Award: Deadline extended Nov 25th

The deadline for the Lucas Dolega Award has been extended to the 25th of November : you still have four more days to post your application!

This award is meant to support freelance (non-staff) photojournalists, the winner will receive a 10.000 euros endowment by Nikon, an exhibition and the production of another story by Polka Magazine.

The participants can send up to 3 stories, 10-20 pictures each, on a conflict (civil or military wars, riots, attacks or public demonstrations…), a revolution, a natural or sanitary disaster, AND/OR their consequences on civil populations (refugees, long term aftermath, post-conflict reconstruction etc.), or the coverage of any news relevant to the defence of freedoms and democracy.
All information and application form on
Contact :

Thursday, November 22, 2012


•Application Deadline


We are currently revising our application process. You can access our new online application service here from the 1. November 2012.

Applications must include (online applications service available from 01. 11. 2012) :

* the completed application form
* a short letter of motivation
* a project description
* a 10 line summary of your project description
* curriculum vitae for everyone involved in the project
* 1 DVD/CD-ROM of your own work

Deadline for the residency period August - December 2013 :

Monday 10.12.2012.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us by
e-mail : residenz(at)

PACT Zollverein has been supporting residencies for the development of artistic projects and productions since 2002.
The Residency Programme is open to professional artists from home and abroad who work in the areas of dance, performance, media arts or sound art. The recipients are offered a work space and local accommodation, and according to individual need, they can take advantage of various kinds of production support, such as dramaturgy, technical assistance, project management as well as press and publicity.

SoftControl Competition

•Application Deadline


This call for entries is open for proposals which will mark the Museum’s presence in its neighbourhood, abandoning traditional commemorative approaches and permanent sculptural solutions, transforming ‘passive’ narratives into physical and symbolic presence, by concentrating on current social issues and relations or connecting with everyday life practice on the borderline between public and private, facts and fiction.

In the sense of media, the project supports performative and participatory works, urban interventions and outdoor installations whose audience – users or participants – cannot be predetermined. What is required: to explore approaches which use the public space to open and address the public which does not belong to the standard circuit of art events, but includes passers-by, neighbours, current visitors of streets and squares. By treating physical and symbolic distances between the artist / artwork and different ‘publics’.

Project description: Spajalica/Copula


Starting from the often mentioned detachment of the museum zone, displacement from the public space as a consequence of involvement in programmatic tasks of collecting and safekeeping, this project raises the question of the manner of reactivating the public space and the artist’s presence in it.
In the wake of the initiative for different regulation of social space and leisure time, this project is interested in contemporary art practices which disturb the status quo and underline concealed, transposed or neglected contents in urban environment, regardless of the approach or medium the artists use.

Read more:

OURS - Bedford Creative Arts Commission 2013, UK

Call for Artists’ Proposals
Deadline: 30th November 2012
Application fee: none

Bedford Creative Arts is seeking proposals from artists or artists groups for our first major commission of 2013. Our artistic theme for 2013 is OURS – what we have in common and what makes something our own?
The Central Bedfordshire town of Dunstable and its surrounding area has been chosen as the location for this commission. As well as the artistic themes identified in the artists brief, proposals should respond to the specific identity of this location and the people who live, work and visit there.
We expect participative events and activities for local communities and identified target groups to begin in April 2013. These activities should be integral to the commission and lead to sustained collaborative relationships with participants throughout summer 2013.
This shared artistic process will result in the creation of a new artwork to be revealed in a high profile public presentation in September 2013.
A commission fee of £10,000 is available for the chosen artist or artists group. Additional budgets for travel expenses, materials, resources and the delivery of specific events and activities will be negotiated before the artist is contracted in early 2013.
Deadline for submissions: Friday 30th November 2012, 12 noon GMT
For further information, a full artist’s brief and details of how to apply
Candidates must read the full brief before making an application. We expect to discuss proposals with shortlisted artists in early December, and to have selected the successful candidate by the end of the year

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Third International Conference on Arts and Technology: Call for exhibition

•Application Deadline


The ArtsIT 2013 exhibition aims at presenting innovative and cutting-edge artworks, performances and shows that exploit ICT technologies.
The exhibition is open to a large variety of submissions including, but not limited to:
- Interactive art installations, augmented performances and other forms of ICT augmented works
- Technical demonstrations of prototype technologies of advanced entertainment technology
- Audio, visual and other sensory forms of digital interaction

Submission guidelines
Prospecting participants must submit a 2 page extended abstract describing the proposed works and the form they will be presented at the conference (a video-based presentation rather than a live demonstration).
The abstract may include any additional attachments (e.g., links of video, photos) for a thorough evaluation of the contribution.
Submissions should be in English.
The abstract must be submitted as PDF document.


Third International Conference on Arts and Technology
March 21–23, 2013
Milano, Italy

Participants are expected to present their work at the exhibition session of the conference. The presentation could consist of a video-based presentation or a live demonstration, accordingly to what declared in the submitted abstract. In the case of live demonstrations participants are expected to bring all the necessary equipment to the conference site with them.


•Application Deadline


At the festival an international jury will select the EMAF
Award for a trend-setting work in Media Art, the Newcomer
Award and the Dialog Award of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
for the promotion of intercultural exchange. Furthermore, the jury of
the German Federal Association of Film Journalists will award the
prize for the best German experimental film.

// EMAF is one of the most influential forums of international Media
Art. As a meeting point for artists, curators, distributors, galleries
and an audience of experts the festival has a great impact on the
topics and aesthetics of Media Arts.

Application details

April 24 - 28, 2013 Festival
April 24 - May 26, 2013 Exhibition

European Media Art Festival
Lohstrasse 45 a,
D-49074 Osnabrueck
phone +49 (0) 5 41 - 2 16 58,
fax +49 (0) 5 41 - 2 83 27
mail: info(at)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry and Fiction

We will begin accepting applications  for Fall 2013 admission on September 1, 2012. The final deadline is December 1, 2012. 

 Apply online here.

Unique among writing programs, Stanford offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry. All the fellows in each genre convene weekly in a 3-hour workshop with faculty.
Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing and perfecting their craft. There are no curricular requirements other than workshop attendance and writing. The program offers no degree.
In awarding fellowships, we consider the quality of the candidate’s creative work, potential for growth and ability to contribute to and profit from our writing workshops. The Stanford Creative Writing Program’s students are diverse in style and experience, with talent and seriousness the true common denominators.
To be a Stegner Fellow:
  • we do not require any degrees or tests for admission
  • no school of writing is favored over any other
  • chronological age is not a consideration
Fellowships include a living stipend of $26,000 per year. In addition, fellows’ tuition and health insurance are paid for by the Creative Writing Program. The Stegner Fellowship is a full-time academic commitment, and is not intended to be pursued concurrently with another degree program. Fellows must live close enough to Stanford to be able to attend workshops, readings, and events.

How to Apply

We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2013 admission on September 1, 2012. The application deadline is December 1, 2012.

We strongly prefer that applicants apply online for the Stegner Fellowship.  Please consult our frequently asked questions page for questions about application content.

Alternatively, you may still apply for a Stegner Fellowship by mail. To do so, please click here to download and complete our paper application form, then mail it to us together with all required documents between September 1 and December 1, 2012.

If you have questions about the application process, please read the application form in its entirety and consult our frequently asked questions page. Send further questions to
Please apply online here.

Artist-Investigator Project: Call for Proposals

We’re looking for artists who want to investigate, who are curious to invent, discover, or refine a particular way of working. You don’t need to be an artist whose work is primarily based in performance but there does need to be a performative component to either your process or outcome. Theater, dance, performance, and visual artists, multi-disciplinary artists and artists exploring social practice are all invited to apply.

Deadline : 3rd December 2012

Triangle Lab experiments seek to expand who participates in theater-making and how they participate, seeking to discover new models for a theater that is relevant, inclusive, and responsive to our communities. We’re interested in exploring new forms, imagining different performance spaces, and rewriting the rules for how audiences and performers interact, We aim for theaters, artists and communities to become equal partners in discovering and sharing the profound stories of our times, challenging notions about the performer/spectator divide. We expect our experiments to yield new stories and new ways of telling them, new methods for applying theatrical tools to community challenges, and a broad range of participants engaged together in understanding our communities.

The Character Walk 2013, Pictoplasma, Berlin

Deadline: 25 January, 2013
Application fee: none

The awarded artist receives up to 10 days of accommodation in Berlin, a grant of 500,- Euros to help realize the submitted proposal, all our support to set up the exhibition in the “General Public”, free entry to all of the Pictoplasma Festival and Conference events, as well as the possibility to present the work in a lecture within the accompanying Pictoplasma Conference.
We expect to receive a detailed, written exhibition concept, some sketches as a first reference, a selection of the entrants previous work, an artist biography and all contact information via email:
residency (at) pictoplasma (dot) com

THE CHARACTER WALK 2013 guides numerous international festival attendees, producers and fans through approximately twenty selected locations in Berlin-Mitte, showcasing different positions in the genre of reduced figuration. Details on the participating artists to follow soon…
Artists exhibiting at previous Character Walks include:
Ben Newman, Joshua Ben Longo, Tim Biskup, Rinzen, Nanospore, Moki, Julia Pott, Sauer Kids, Shoboshobo, Juju’s Delivery, Nathan Jurevicius, Gary Baseman, David Shrigley, Derrick Hodgson, Doma, Rob Reger, Genevieve Gauckler, Ian Stevenson, Jeanspezial, Steak Zombies, FriendsWithYou, and many more…

GENERAL PUBLIC is an independent project space run by a group of cultural workers (visual artists, curators, among others) based in Berlin. General Public was founded in Fall 2005 and since produced a number of exhibitions, artist presentations, discussions, film screenings, and performances.
GENERAL PUBLIC aims to install and uphold a collaborative, process-related, informal platform for open thought, information exchange, spatial experiments, transdisciplinary approach and the reflection on contemporary visual and auditive culture.

Pictoplasma and DISK/CTM offer young and upcoming artists the opportunity to present their CHARACTER DRIVEN WORK to a wide, international and interested audience. As part of the official 2013 CHARACTER WALK and opening the world’s largest festival of Contemporary Character Design and Art, the renown project space General Public in the center of Berlin serves as the perfect stage for the winning proposal.
We are open to your wildest, most daring, stylistically sure-footed character exhibition proposals, not limited to any media or style, ranging from video work, installation, painting, print, drawings or sculpture!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Latino Artists 2013 Grant Program and Call for Artists

Launched in 2005 by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures with major support from the Ford Foundation, the NALAC Fund for the Arts provides a variety of grants to assist US-based Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth.

The NFA is a national grant program open to US-based Latino working artists, ensembles and small to mid-sized Latino arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts. To date, the NFA has awarded over one million dollars to a diverse range of artists and organizations representing every discipline and region of the country. Applying to the NFA is a benefit of NALAC Membership. To establish or renew your membership visit:

NFA Grants for Latino Artists and Ensembles
Project Grant $1,000-$10,000
Fellowship $1,000-$5,000
Master Artist Grant $10,000-$20,000
NFA Grants for Latino Arts Organizations
Project Grant $1,000-$10,000
General Operating Support $1,000-$10,000
Festival $10,000-$20,000

For more information visit: NALAC Fund for the Arts
NALAC Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR)
Transnational Cultural Remittances funding supports exemplary cultural exchanges that promote grassroots artistic collaboration and strengthen social networks between the United States, Mexico and Central America.
The competitive TCR grant program is open to individuals, collectives and community-based organizations in the United States, Mexico and Central America. Successful projects demonstrate a continuous and ongoing exchange whereby artistic activity supports, preserves or extends the cultural practices between linked communities in two or more of the following countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United States. To date, the TCR grant program has awarded more than a quarter-million dollars reaching sixty communities.

Grant Award $2,000-$20,000

For more information visit: Transnational Cultural Remittances
Programa de Subvención: Remesas Transnacionales Culturales (TCR) 
Creado en 2008 con el apoyo de la Fundación Ford, el programa de subvención Remesas Culturales Transnacionales (TCR) apoya intercambios culturales ejemplares que promueven la base de la colaboración artística y fortalecen las redes sociales entre los Estados Unidos, México y América Central.

El programa de becas TCR es competitivo, y está abierto a individuos, colectivos y organizaciones de base comunitaria en los Estados Unidos, México y América Central. Proyectos exitosos demuestran un intercambio continuo mediante el cual la actividad artística apoya, conserva o extiende a las prácticas culturales entre las comunidades vinculadas en dos o más de los siguientes países: Belice, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá y los Estados Unidos. Hasta la fecha, el programa TCR de subvención ha otorgado mas de $250,000 dolares USD en sesenta comunidades.

Becas $2,000 - $20,000 USD
Para mas información visite: Remesas Transnacionales Culturales

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is the nation’s only multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. For 23 years, NALAC has provided critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities and professional development training to build the capacity and sustainability of the Latino arts and cultural field to sustain artists and arts organizations in every region of the country.

NALAC’s membership is a multiethnic, multigenerational, and interdisciplinary community that includes thousands of Latino artists and more than 900 large and small not-for-profit Latino arts and cultural organizations in the United States. NALAC artists and arts organizations specialize in a diverse range of disciplines which include visual arts, theater, dance, music, performance art, literature and mixed media.

Since its founding, NALAC has bolstered leadership and training in the Latino arts field, hosting eight National Conferences, 26 Regional Arts Training Workshops, and 12 Leadership Institutes with more than 200 alumni across the country. Additionally, over $1 million dollars have been distributed to the Latino arts community through direct grant programs.

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society - Open Call for Fellowship Applications

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University has opened our yearly call for fellowship applications. This opportunity is for those who wish to spend the 2013-2014 academic year in residence in Cambridge, MA as part of Berkman's community of pioneers, and who seek to deeply engage in the collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-sectoral exploration of some of the Internet's most interesting, challenging, and compelling issues.

Fellows come from across the disciplinary spectrum, different life paths, and are at all stages of career development. Some fellows are academics, whether students, post-docs or professors. Others come from outside academia, and include lawyers, philosophers, activists, technologists, entrepreneurs, journalists and other types of practitioners.

Deadline for applications : January 6, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
More information :

The Berkman Center's mission is to explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions.

We are a research center, premised on the observation that what we seek to learn is not already recorded. Our method is to build out into cyberspace, record data as we go, self-study, and share. Our mode is entrepreneurial nonprofit.

The 2nd East Doc Platform (EDP)

What projects are we looking for?

Particularly creative documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and post-Soviet republics in development and production stage (East European Forum), rough cuts or post-production stage (Doc Launch). The selection is also open to productions from other parts of Europe with projects thematically bound to our region. Despite such a geographic focus we annually pick a number of projects without any relation to our region.

Deadline for projects: December 1, 2012 (details and applications HERE)
Deadline for completed films: January 11, 2013

Read more:

The 2nd East Doc Platform (EDP) edition is the largest Central and East European documentary event held March in Prague, 2013, organized by the Institute of Documentary Film. It is the meeting point for 120 East European filmmakers and producers who seek creative, financial and distribution support, and more than 70 key international festival programmers, commissioning editors, buyers, distributors, sales agents, film fund and organization representatives who will be able to choose from some of the most promising films and projects in Central and Eastern Europe.The event is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film In association with the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

East Doc Platform draws from the unique representation of key international documentary professionals who are, in non-exclusive setting, available for informal meetings to every participant as well as accredited observers.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Call for applications: Young Euro-Med Entrepreneurs in Interculturality

Today, we are launching a new pilot initiative in partnership with the CRT Foundation and the Italian government.
This initiative aims to provide training and medium-term mentoring to 20 young aspiring or new social entrepreneurs from the Euro-Med region. The type of social enterprise to be developed and implemented by these youth need to be linked to cultural and religious diversity.
The selected youth will take part in a 5-day training in Italy in February 2013 where skills-building workshops on both the social and the business aspects of such enterprises will be delivered by specialized trainers. For a period of 6 months after this training, the 20 youth will receive feedback and mentoring from successful/experienced social entrepreneurs in the region and as well as a professional fund-raiser.
We are looking for 20 young adults from the Euro-Med region between the ages of 18 and 35 who are either budding social entrepreneurs in the sector of intercultural and interfaith dialogue, or who have agreat idea that could become a successful social enterprise in this sector.
There is no participation fee, and all participants will be provided with round-trip international tickets to Torino as well as accommodations, meals and visa support.
For more information about this initiative called Young Euro-Med Entrepreneurs in Interculturality, including its application guidelines and application form, please see (under LATEST NEWS).
The application deadline is 11:59 PM, New York time, December 2, 2012. Questions about this program should be sent to

Isabelle Legare
Youth Program Manager
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10174, USA
Visit new Youth Website at

Call for proposals for a summer 2013 six-week residency on Andrea Zittel’s Indy Island

The IMA is issuing a call for proposals for a summer 2013 six-week residency on Andrea Zittel’s Indy Island within the IMA’s 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Graduate and undergraduate students and professionals in the fields of art, design, architecture and performing arts are encouraged to apply to customize and reside on Indianapolis Island.
The chosen applicant will be awarded a stipend to customize the interior of the island and implement their proposal during a residency. The Indy Island resident will have the opportunity to communicate their unique experience though the use of a blog provided by the IMA. Learn more about Indy Island, or visit the page for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 residents.


  • Graduate and undergraduate students and professionals in the fields of art, design, architecture and performing arts are encouraged to apply to customize and reside on Indy Island.
  • Residents will be responsible for the design, customization, and fabrication of the interior of the island and all other components of the selected project. Indy Island is currently supplied with objects created by or brought to the island by the previous residents. It will be the 2013 resident’s choice to incorporate these materials into new proposals or to disregard these objects.
  • Collaboratives and groups are encouraged to apply. Please fill out one application, regardless of the number of people in your group.
  • Residents are expected to communicate their experiences and conclusions to a larger audience through a blog provided by the IMA. Residents may also choose to use other social networking platforms if applicable. Indy Island generates a lot of interest with Park visitors. Residents should have an expectation of some interaction with visitors.


  • Island residents are provided with a budget of $3000, paid in two installments, to purchase materials for fabrication. All materials purchased with this budget are property of the IMA. A personal stipend of $1500 is also awarded.
  • The IMA will provide roundtrip travel to Indianapolis for one resident. If a group application is chosen, these stipends will be divided among members of the group, or the group can nominate an individual member to serve as a representative for the residency.
  • Residents will be loaned an iPad to use for blogging for the duration of the residency.
  • This commission is a large time commitment. It would be ideal for students participating to earn credits at their university for their work, but this must be negotiated by the resident with his or her university.


Hours & Safety

  • The Park is open from dawn until dusk.
  • Security is available at the Museum 24 hours a day, and will be accessible via a radio loaned to the residents.
  • Residents will have a key to the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. Restrooms are located within the Pavilion, and it can also be used as a refuge during extreme weather. Showers are located within the Museum.

Important Dates

  • Application Due Date: Friday, January 11, 2013
  • Notification of Finalists Date: Friday, February 22, 2013
  • The dates of the residency are flexible. Residencies must last at least six weeks and be conducted between May–September 2013.

Selection Process

  • Applications are subject to an initial review by the curatorial staff of the IMA’s Department of Contemporary Art: Senior Curator and Chair Lisa D. Freiman, Curator Sarah Urist Green, and Curatorial Assistant Amanda York.
  • Proposals that pass this review are presented to an interdepartmental team of IMA staff, the members of which weigh the pros and cons of each proposal from their diverse perspectives.
  • Creators of the most promising proposals will be contacted for a Skype or phone interview with curatorial staff. These proposals and the findings from the interview will be reviewed in consultation with Andrea Zittel, resulting in a final decision.


Emmanuel College Artist in Residence Call

Emmanuel College invites 4 artists, one each from ceramics, photography, printmaking and social Justice.

•Artists must not be currently enrolled in any academic program
•Residency is from mid June to mid August 2013
•Artists will receive a stipend up to $2000 for travel to and from the residency.
•Lodging is provided in the college dorms, with access to a small kitchen.
•Artist must agree to come back to the campus during the 2013/14 academic year to give a slide lecture.
•Residents have access to college studio facilities- ceramics, woodshop, print studio, darkroom, mac lab and open use studio space.
•Emmanuel will host a closing exhibition for all resident artists to participate in and show the larger community the end result of your work.
•Artists will donate one piece to Emmanuel College at the end of the residency.
•Application is due Feb 1st, 2013
•Go to for an application.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Independent Projects Award

Independent Projects Award

• Eligibility: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Palestinian territories, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
• Paid by artist: partial funding
• Paid by host: Maximum award: $5,000
• Further info: Independent Projects awards provide funding to artists and arts managers who propose to undertake projects in the United States in collaboration with a US non-profit arts organization or individual artist. Applicants must have a letter of invitation from a US partner in order to apply for an Independent Projects award.
• images: CEC ArtsLink Logo attached.

• deadline: December 1, 2012
• title: Independent Projects Award for Artists & Arts Managers.
• institution: CEC ArtsLink
• e-mail address:
• location: 435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, USA
• web address:
• Discipline: all disciplines
• offered program: Project grants in all disciplines enable artists and arts managers from the eligible countries to carry out self-directed projects in the US. Applicants must have a letter of invitation from a non-profit organization or individual in the US to enter this competition.
• frequency: yearly

What to Expect from an Artist in Residency Program

So you're thinking of applying for an artist in residency program and you don't know what to expect. I will walk you through some of what I've experienced over the years.

There are lots of different kinds artist in residency programs (AIR) around the world but they tend to fall into one of three categories.

The Glorified Hotel or Hostel 

These residencies require that you pay them a fee to stay there. In exchange they will give you a room and perhaps a workspace and the joy of hanging out with other artists in a hopefully lovely setting. By and large I don't really care for these types of outfits but they can be extremely useful in certain circumstances. Say you are thinking of moving to Italy but have never been there. Doing one of these residencies can be cheaper than staying at a hotel and also offer you a built in community of other artists. If you are just starting out as an artist these types of residencies generally have lower admission standards as well (the standard being did the check clear). Now this is a generalization of course and as I said these types of AIRs can be useful and interesting. The Arte Studio Ginestrelle residency in Italy seems to fall into this category (N.B. I have not stayed there).

The Free Couch

The second broad category is what I call the free couch. These residencies don't ask for money but they don't give you any money either. Generally they offer you a free place to stay but you have to cover you own travel and daily living expenses while you are there. Some of the best residencies fall into this category. Since housing can be one of the most expensive parts of travel you shouldn't turn up your nose at these residencies. Again if you are looking to relocate or have always wanted to go somewhere in particular these types of residencies can be a real asset. They tend to have higher admission standards than the first category but easier standards than the third. The Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists in Brittany, France falls into this category.

The Full Ride

The third and final category is the holy grail: the Full Ride. These residencies, often called fellowships, actually pay you to come and make art! Some will only pay your travel and living costs, others provide a weekly or monthly stipend, which trust me is pretty amazing. These AIRs are often longer, anywhere from one month to a full year and can offer stipends of a few hundred to over a thousand dollars. Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany falls into this category. These are the most competitive residencies out there (who doesn't want a free place to live and some cash in their pocket?). While my advice in general is to apply for anything but if you are just starting out you might want think long and hard about applying to these types of AIRs since you will be competing against very established artists.

The Reality of AIR Life

Each AIR program is different and is influenced by its organizing principals and local community. But most AIRs have multiple artists in residence at the same time. Some residencies are like college dorms, others are like upscale hotels or research institutes. An important concept to remember is that you are not at home. Things won't be as you are used to them, especially if you are in a foreign country. Keep your mind open. You are going to meet people from very different walks of life (which is the point I think). Other than the time and space to create art I think the best part of a good residency program is the opportunity to meet and be influenced by other artists.

It will take you time to adjust to your new environment. I'd say plan on about 10% of your total residency time to be devoted to getting comfortable. Often the urge is to dive right into work, especially if your residency is short. But take a few days to soak in your environment and let it influence your work.

Don't forget to roll with the punches. You are not at home. Everything is not and will not be just the way you like it. Deal with it. Don't whine. Adapt and overcome.

Engage with your fellow residents. Some people insist on locking themselves away and working on their art only to appear at mealtime. Talk with your fellow artists. Share a drink with them. Ask for their perspective on your work.

Your residency experience will depend a great deal on what you bring to it. Learn as much as you can about a residency before you apply for it. Contact former residents or the administrators if you have specific or even general questions. Most of all enjoy the experience and make some art!